Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minors: Biology and Cultural Anthropology
Caroline Taylor is a junior Biomedical Engineering major with minors in Biology and Cultural Anthropology from Goose Creek, South Carolina. The daughter of a primary school teacher, she was from an early age aware of the importance of education and making unique educational opportunities available to as many people as possible. In high school, she served as the chapter president of the Beta Club and National Honor Society, was a member of the National Technical Honor Society, captained the Academic Team, volunteered in a local hospital and as a peer tutor, and worked as a supervisor of children’s birthday parties and afterschool programs. Additionally, she was recognized as a National Merit Scholar, a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program, a Palmetto Fellow, and the school valedictorian. Her passion for engineering was fostered during this time by her participation in the Project Lead the Way program, in which she took college-level engineering courses, including aerospace engineering, for all four years of high school. This was the setting in which she became interested in the Grand Challenges and the ways in which they could be made more accessible to those without engineering degrees and experience, particularly young children who could be inspired to pursue a future in engineering.
At Duke, Caroline has continued to pursue her interests via multiple outlets. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity, serves as treasurer of the Duke Human Rights Coalition, volunteers at a local animal shelter, and takes voice lessons. She has worked with the America Reads and Counts tutoring program in Durham elementary schools and spent last summer teaching English and renovating schools in rural Vietnam with DukeEngage, a university civic engagement program funded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates. This summer she plans to do research on the effects of muscle structure on strength in the jaws of primates.