Brianna Holder, Michael L. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship

Major: Microbiology in the STEM Path to MBA program

Hometown: Sharpsburg, Maryland

Favorite Experience at UA: My favorite and most rewarding experience so far has been serving as a captain for Zeta Tau Alpha’s team for The University of Alabama’s Dance Marathon. For the past 10 years, UADM has helped fundraise in support of our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This year I was able to step up and lead my team in an almost entirely virtual BAMAthon. Seeing the total fundraised after BAMAthon and knowing that all the hard work my team and I put in throughout the year finally paid off was so empowering. Of course, the best part about it was that it was all for the kids!

Favorite Class: My favorite professor is Dr. Brandon Kim. Once deciding I wanted to come to The University of Alabama, I decided that I’d also like to get involved in research on campus. Luckily enough, after a few weeks on campus, I was able to connect with Dr. Kim and join his laboratory. Since joining, I’ve learned about his research with bacterial infections of the blood-brain barrier and have even gotten the chance to write my first research paper highlighting the comparison of the Brain Barriers Virtual seminar series versus past in-person conferences motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Kim has been an outstanding mentor so far and I cannot be more excited to continue with him throughout the rest of my time at Alabama.

Future Plans: After graduating with my Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology in the spring of 2023, I plan to continue my education at Alabama and hopefully graduate with my Master’s in Business Administration in 2024.