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Tiffany Seniece MackeyTiffany Seniece Mackey, Class of 2011

Class of:  2011, graduated cum laude
Undergraduate Major:  Biology
Hometown:  Savannah, GA

Involvement at Shaw:

  • Presidential Scholar
  • Miss Junior
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, Alpha Chi Honors Society
  • Member, Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Society
  • Captain, Diamond Sensations Dance Team
  • Freshman Academy Liaison
  • Research Assistant, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graduate Study:

  • Master of Public Health, epidemiology candidate, Georgia Southern University, anticipated graduation date May, 2013

Work Experience:

Coastal Health District Epidemiology Intern

  • Georgia Southern University, School of Nursing Graduate Assistant/ RUN 2 Nursing Program Coordinator


  • Study Abroad Program in Ghana Internship Recipient; 5 week Data Management and Research Internship through University of Cape Coast,  Cape Coast, Ghana and Georgia Southern University.
  • President’s List (3.8 GPA)

Important to Know:

  • She was granted an epidemiology internship with the head epidemiologist in the Coastal Health District
  • She is the first in her family to pursue a graduate degree

Personal Motto:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

About the Honors College:

In the midst of senior year pandemonium, while all my classmates were frantically searching for an institution of higher learning; my mind was made up. Shaw University and the Honors College are responsible for the molding of the determination and perseverance I have today. At the age of 23, I am a candidate for the Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in epidemiology at Georgia Southern University.  Upon graduation, I plan to obtain my PhD in microbiology and correlate the infectious microorganisms responsible for the predisposition of morbidities and mortalities within populations.  The Honors College gave me the push I needed to succeed through my undergraduate tenure.  The program enabled me to build greater networking skills and fostered my public service involvement in the community.  When other institutions turned their backs on me, because I couldn’t afford tuition, Shaw University and the Honors College accepted me.  The skills I learned while at Shaw University have contributed to my determination and drive.  Dr. Leathers and her amazing support through all of my academic endeavors, has always motivated me to ascend far above the status quo.  The Honors College taught me never to equal, but always excel; and for that I am forever grateful.

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