Purdue School of Science
Two years ago, Kaitlyn Christopher was searching for a crown. This past summer, she and her teammates traveled the world in a treasure hunt before an international television audience. But now the IUPUI junior is seeking something even more important: her biology degree from the Purdue School of Science.
Kaitlyn, a sophomore from Western High School near Kokomo, was Miss Indiana USA in the 2005 Miss USA pageant. That earned her a spot on the Miss USA team this summer on the NBC reality show "Treasure Hunters," traveling throughout the United States and Europe in search of clues leading to the show╣s grand prize.
Back home at IUPUI, Kaitlyn's eyes are on a different "prize" these days - she's learning to navigate the intriguing world of medical research as a lab assistant in the Paul and Carole Stark Neurosciences Research Institute in the IU School of Medicine. What she learns may help her find her future path in the field of health care.
A self-confessed animal lover, Kaitlyn has been a long-time volunteer for Pals for Paws and has worked in Indianapolis-area veterinary clinics; her free time often finds her walking her dogs along Indianapolis' renowned Downtown Canal or in other parts of White River State Park, bordering the IUPUI campus.
Volunteering is in her blood, too: Kaitlyn was a mentor for children with learning disabilities as a Sam Jones Scholar in her freshman year at IUPUI.