With each year that passes there are more and more BIC graduates doing great work all over the world. At least once each year we hope to publish brief “Alumni Updates” where our alumni can tell us some about their post-BIC lives. In addition to these annual updates, we are posting interviews with some of our alumni. This month we are excited to post an interview with Dr. Bettina Drake (’01). This interview was conducted by Nicole McDaniel, current Baylor student. We hope you enjoy, and if you are interested in being interviewed for a future blog post, email us at BIC@baylor.edu.
I am an epidemiologist who works as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public
Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. My research focuses
on cancer prevention and how prevention influences racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer.
How has BIC helped you with your career? Did BIC prepare you for graduate school?
BIC encourages students to have a global perspective and to understand the benefits of cultural influences on their work. As an epidemiologist, I employ a multi-level approach to evaluate my research questions, which involves consideration of individual, community, and policy factors.
What was your major at Baylor and what other degrees have you earned?
I received a B.S. In Biochemistry with a minor in Sociology. I have also earned an MPH (Master’s in Public Health), a PhD in Epidemiology, and I completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard School of Public Health
What was your favorite thing about the BIC program? What classes did you find the most interesting? Which classes did you find the most beneficial?
My favorite thing about the BIC program was the trip to Mexico my Freshman year. My favorite class and likely most beneficial was Writing and Speaking.
Why did you choose to be a part of the BIC program?
I was a member of the first BIC class. It was an exciting curriculum that provided a well-rounded perspective to my basic science course load.
How did you manage your time between BIC classes, extra curricular activities, major focus classes, etc.?
I was part of a cohort of BIC classmates who lived close together, which was great for study groups and out-of-class discussions.
Do you have any advice for current BIC students?
Hold on to the global perspective that BIC provides. It will be useful no matter what career you choose.
Lastly, what is your favorite Baylor memory?
I met my husband at Baylor. He, too is a BIC alum!