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Amani Lee Takes Her Love for Veterinary Science to a New Level

February 2017

Amani LeeAmani R. Lee, C'2018, is a junior biology major at Spelman who is striving for success in every area of her life. Lee aspires to become a veterinarian who specializes in cardiovascular surgery of large mammals. She intends to work with exotic animals at a zoo as well as in a lab where she will help create cures/vaccines for animal-related diseases.

A Deep and Consistent Love for Animals

A volunteer in many animal clinics and shelters, such as the Solano Animal Shelter and the Fulton County Animal Shelter, demonstrates Lee's passion for animals. Last summer, she traveled to Barbados with Kai McCormack, Ph.D., vice chair of psychology, G-STEM director and associate professor, to conduct psychological research on primates.

Of her trip Lee said, "I wanted to pursue a primate research experience to gain a sense of how the natives in Barbados interact with the primates who live there and how they respond to violent situations. Additionally, I wanted to study the response that the monkeys have to various loud sounds and possible aggression. I am interested in learning more about how this species deals with aggression when it comes to violence to their own species and compare that to how a human would react."

A Passion for Academics and Excellence in STEM Research

Spelman Biology Major Amani LeeAt the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Lee was recognized as a Behavioral Research Awardee. She has also been granted numerous scholarships including the Johnson and Johnson STEM 2D Scholarship, the WISE-UP STEM Scholarship, the Dr. Amna Plummer Veterinary Scholarship, and the Gordon-Zeto Scholarship Award.

Aside from animals, Lee volunteers as a teacher's assistant with the Vision 2000 Reading and Math Summer Camp. Lee also volunteers as a tumbling coach for kids ages 6-12 at the Rosel Fan Community Center with the Dance Moves Dance Company.

Lee plans to graduate from Spelman College with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology with a 3.6 or higher GPA. Upon graduation, she will attend veterinary school at either Auburn, Purdue or Tuskegee University; and  she is determined to graduate within the top 10% of her class.

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