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McCoy, Amanda

Amanda McCoy


Amanda McCoy is a rising senior concentrating in Chemistry and Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amanda is an avid Steelers fan ready to wave her terrible towel.

Amanda graduated at the top of her class from North Allegheny Senior High School in 2004, where she first developed her interest in Physics through the encouragement of her AP Physics teacher, Mr. John Kernion. She has always been fascinated by the laws of physics operating on the real world, most specifically the human body. It is Amandas goal to use her undergraduate physics knowledge to pursue a career in medicine focusing in the specialty of radiation oncology or radiology.

At Harvard, Amanda served as the secretary for the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers (HSBSE) for the 2006-2007 school year, serves as captain of the Harvard Crimson Cheerleading Squad, serves as a mentor in the Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) program, works as a Course Assistant for Harvard undergraduate calculus classes, and is an active member in both the Association of Black Harvard Women (ABHW) and the Harvards Black Students Association (BSA).