Caroline Leadmon, a member of the Honors College from Hurricane, will graduate with degrees in biochemistry and animal and nutritional sciences. She has served as the president and student coach of the WVU Figure Skating Club, president of the WVU Global Medical and Dental Brigades and was named the 2019 Ms. Mountaineer.
A rigorous researcher, she has participated in a vast array of travel abroad opportunities and is the founder of the Mountainettes, the only competitive synchronized skating team in West Virginia and the first to represent WVU.
In 2017, Leadmon joined the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences to study natural pesticides called ergot alkaloids that are also used as the lead compound in medicines to treat migraines and diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She has presented her research internationally and was chosen by the Council on Undergraduate Research to present her findings to members of Congress in the highly competitive Posters on the Hill.
In 2018, she had the opportunity to study abroad at the IVF and Molecular Biology Summer School at the University of Kent in the Canterbury, England, and in 2019, she was invited to participate in the first student pilot brigade in Greece where she worked with officials to develop a sustainable health system for a large refugee camp.
Leadmon has also traveled to Ghana, Honduras and Nicaragua as a part of the Global Medical and Dental Brigades where she worked in clinics to provide health care to underserved communities. Through her experiences with the Global Brigades, she recognized her passion to help address basic need assistance, a discovery that empowered her to harness her passions and skills into a career in social policy.
She will attend the WVU College of Law in the fall.