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Sarah Hill
Class of 2001

Sarah James Hill graduated from Bismarck High School in 2001. She was very active in student activities competing in varsity cross country and track and field and was given the Premier Athlete Award upon graduation. In addition, she acted as co-editor of the Hi-Herald newspaper, competed in multiple science fairs, and played cello in the orchestra and Strolling Strings. In 2000, Sarah was named North Dakota Distinguished Student by the North Dakota High School Activities Association for her dedicated involvement in so many activities.

After graduating from Bismarck High, she went on to earn an AB degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 2005. While at Harvard, she was a member of Winthrop House and participated in many activities including cross country and track and was a member of the Bach Society Orchestra.

During her time at Harvard, Sarah studied the biology of breast cancer in a laboratory at Dana Farber Cancer Institute to complete her undergraduate thesis. In 2005, her undergraduate thesis earned her the Lawrence J. Henderson Prize which is given each year for the best thesis in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard University.

Also in 2005, Sarah was named a Rhodes Scholar. As a Rhodes Scholar, she studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford in England from which she received an MSc in biochemistry in 2006. She went on to study both science and medicine in Harvard Medical School's combined MD/PhD program. Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer and she hopes to someday be part of the community of physicians and scientists to have a significant impact on this disease.

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