Delanie Vinzant – August & September 2018

Hello everyone! The first few weeks of college have been intense, but I am so lucky to have an amazing network of Stamps Scholars and Honors College faculty to help guide me through my journey. I already know that applying for the Stamps program and coming to Mizzou were the two best decisions I have ever made. The opportunities are endless, and I know that Mizzou cares about me as a student, not just a number.

2018 Stamps Scholars

Last week, the Stamps Scholars traveled to Alabama to visit The Legacy Museum, Pettus Bridge, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The experience was enlightening in so many ways, and I am grateful that the Honors College chose to take us there; I believe every American should visit the Legacy Museum and reflect on our country’s history.

Stamps Scholars

The biology and journalism departments have been extremely accommodating to me. Biology and journalism double majors aren’t very common, but the faculty has made a conscious effort to make sure I can fully experience both programs. I was honored to be inducted into the Walter Williams Scholars Program at the J-school, and I have also made some amazing new friendships with students in my biology FIG and Tri Beta, the biological honors society.

I couldn’t write an accurate blog post, though, without mentioning my favorite experience to date—my research. The Honors College and the biology department collaborated to place me in the perfect lab for my interests. I have started an independent project in one of the best microbiology labs on campus, led by Dr. Pam Brown. Not only am I getting to practice my future career early, but I have met so many like-minded individuals who are just as passionate about microbiology as I am! I will also be serving as the Treasurer for the brand-new American Society for Microbiology chapter at Mizzou this year, and I cannot wait to share my love for microbiology with the Mizzou community!

I have found a true sense of belonging in Columbia, and I cannot wait to see what else Mizzou has in store for me!

Delanie Vinzant and two other students on The Columns


– Delanie Vinzant, Stamps Scholar Class of 2022