Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Pullman
(ABILENE, Texas)–In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb. 11, Hardin-Simmons University congratulates all our strong and intelligent female science majors. One such student, senior biology major Elizabeth Pullman, looks forward to continuing her scientific education with HSU’s Physician Assistant (PA) program in Fall 2020.
Before attending HSU, Pullman participated in the university’s Health Sciences Summer Enrichment Program.
“Through that program, I was able to become familiar with faculty from the biology and chemistry departments, as well as faculty from HSU graduate programs, such as the PA and PT schools,” Pullman said.
This May, Pullman will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with three minors: public health, honors studies, and music. She will attend courses through HSU’s PA program, beginning in August. When asked about her dream career, Pullman responded, “Any career within the PA occupation that will allow me to give my patients the highest quality of healthcare and work with colleagues who challenge me to be the best provider I can be.”
In the summer of 2019, Pullman accompanied the PA department to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip to the Good Samaritan Hospital of the Dominican Republic.
“I continue to be impacted by the PA mission trip to the Dominican Republic,” she said. “From the incredible students and faculty members to the unforgettable interactions with patients, my experience on the mission trip affirmed my aspiration to become a PA and provide healthcare for all people. I am grateful and so excited to continue my education at a program that values both faith and works.”
When she’s not studying for classes, Pullman participates in several extracurricular activities both on and off campus. Pullman acts as the Principal Cellist for the Civic Orchestra of Abilene and plays in a string quartet alongside members of the Abilene Philharmonic. She also plays cello in the Celebration Orchestra at First Baptist Church of Abilene. Pullman has previously offered cello lessons to students through Abilene ISD, as well.
Recently, Pullman took on vocal music and joined HSU’s University Chorale. Outside of music, Pullman is a member of HSU’s Pre-Health Club and has volunteered at Hendrick Hospice in the in-patient unit. She and her friends enjoy attending events hosted by the Abilene Interfaith Council.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to attend a liberal arts university because I get to learn from and live amongst people who have a variety of interests and enjoy sharing them with others,” Pullman explained.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), less than 30 percent of the world’s scientific researchers are women. The Association of American Medical Colleges states that women represent only 30 percent of active physicians in the United States when averaged across all specialties.
In support of girls entering STEM programs worldwide, Pullman advised, “Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you and your passions. If possible, find a woman in STEM who could serve as a mentor and friend.”
Hardin-Simmons is a proud home to many incredible female scientists who hold the potential to change the world.