Ashley Eby, from Wellsburg, will graduate with degrees in chemistry and psychology. She has served as a Presidential Student Ambassador, chief medical officer for the Global Medical and Dental Brigades and president of Chi Omega.
Eby has spent hundreds of hours serving West Virginia and the University as a volunteer while engaging in rigorous coursework and conducting research at the WVU Cancer Institute.
She has volunteered her time to WVU Medicine Hospitals, Make-A-Wish and Monongalia County Pantry Plus More, among other organizations, while serving as a tutor in the Department of Chemistry, teaching assistant with the Department of Psychology and Senator-at-Large with the Student Government Association.
In 2019, Eby became cognizant of the political barriers to healthcare while servings as an intern in the Office of the U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito in Washington, D.C., an experience that changed her academic and career trajectories. Eby, who once aspired to become a scientific policy analyst, decided she would devote her future to a scientific approach to achieving health equity in her home state.
Eby began her undergraduate research in the Hazlehurst Lab of the WVU Cancer Institute in 2020 and had an opportunity to continue her research full-time in 2021 as an intern with the WVU Cancer Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program. As an undergraduate researcher, she studied the drug MTI-101, a novel cancer treatment that has been shown to kill lung cancer cells while protecting healthy cells at low doses.
She has also studied the relationship between social support, mental health and academic performance of students enrolled in Psychology 101 and presented her findings at the WVU Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium in December 2021.
She will attend WVU School of Medicine in the fall and hopes to ultimately work as an oncologist in West Virginia.