Meet Elizabeth Gazdick

GazdickThe University of Dayton’s mission "Learn, Lead and Serve" created an encouraging environment for UD alumnus Elizabeth Gazdick.

Gazdick graduated from UD in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in global health and international development at Case Western Reserve University. She will graduate in May 2012. Gazdick has been extensively involved in several vector biology projects researching the mosquito vector that is responsible for the transmission of Dengue Fever. Her research on the Dengue Fever has allowed her to travel extensively and gain vital career experience.

"It has also allowed me to interact with several different health care entities, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, state, county, and local health departments, as well as international  ministries of  health," Gazdick said. "The work I have done thus far is interesting, challenging and gratifying. I look forward to continuing both my education and profession in the field of global health."
Gazdick’s time at UD helped spark her interest in global health as well as expanded her appetite for knowledge.

"The University of Dayton’s mission to 'Learn, Lead and Serve' has resonated with me throughout both my academic and professional career," she said.

Biology professor Dr. Eric Benbow had a strong impact on her while she attended UD. Gazdick conducted undergraduate research in Benbow's lab and said his passion for his job and research was inspiring. Benbow encouraged her to exceed her own expectations and to work towards excellence.

"Working and studying in the biology department was more like belonging to a family, an experience that I cherish and that has undoubtedly shaped the person I am in both my personal and professional life," she said.

Gazdick also received the first UD International Learn, Lead, Serve award. She described receiving the award as a great honor and one of her biggest accomplishments during her time at UD. The award provided funding for Gazdick to travel to Ghana where she was able to apply what she had learned in classrooms and labs in a more realistic setting. She was exposed to global heath for the first time and collaborated with other professionals in the field. Receiving the LLS award led her to where she is today.

"These experiences, provided through the LLS award inspired a passion for the study of global health that I am continuing to pursue," she said.