Student Life: Student Stories

Spelman Spring

Student Stories

Symone Fowler-Canty Shines While Pursuing Pediatric Career

March 2017

symone fowler cantySymone Fowler-Canty, C'2018, is junior biology major and a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program and Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholars program.

The Chicago native has taken bold steps towards her career goals by participating in several summer programs. Through the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, she was able to conduct valuable research and shadow several leading researchers. During a summer program at the University of Washington, Fowler-Canty collected data and conducted research for a project on semantic information retrieval through the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

A member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and a Health Careers Opportunities Pipeline Preparation Program (HCOPPP) Scholar, Fowley-Canty received first place poster presentation honors at Research Day 2016 for her project, "Specific Facilitation of the Identification of Foot Objects Following Stimulation of the Dorsal Premotor Cortex."

Learning, Growing and Giving Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Formerly an undergraduate teaching assistant in the mathematics department, Fowler-Canty has a gift for assisting others in need of help. In fact, her dedication to the College's surrounding community continues to influence her volunteer work. As secretary of FunLab, an educational non-profit organization founded by Spelman alumna Breagon Ricks that focuses on making laboratory experimentation fun for kids, she leads and conducts hands-on experiments with students and educates them about various scientific concepts.

The Chicago native is also a mentor and teaching assistant with the Insight Initiative, a program designed to sharpen the focus of 4th and 5th grade students through a yearlong mentorship and tutoring curriculum. Fowler-Canty's short and long-term goals are to become a healthcare specialist for minority populations. Passionate about medicine and early childhood education, she intends to pursue a career in medicine as either a pediatrician or dermatologist.