GMercyU Griffin Success Story Tara White

Meet Tara White

Biology, 2010


"Not only do I now have the opportunity to teach each of these topics as an adjunct in the division I graduated from, but I have applied these basic sciences to public health."

I had originally heard about GMercyU from my friends, one of whom was attending for Psychology. I chose GMercyU for my bachelor's degree because it was local and had a reputation for being a "good school.” I transferred from University of Hawaii (a very NOT local school) to GMercyU and LOVED everything about the environment. 

I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Microbiology. Not only do I now have the opportunity to teach each of these topics as an adjunct in the division I graduated from, but I have applied these basic sciences to public health. The rigor of GMercyU’s Natural and Computational Sciences program stood up to the needs I had while matriculating at Johns Hopkins for Public Health, PCOM for Medical School, and even now as a Public Health Government Analyst for the country of Bermuda

As a student, I held various positions within organizations. The three that had the most impact for me personally were a Students' Association of Science officer, a Mercy Honor Society member, and an AmeriCorps Scholar in Service. Although I participated in a lot of other organizations, worked and volunteered on campus, these three groups allowed me to become a leader, focus on science, and the community. 

Professor Michelle McEliece was - and still is - a HUGE influence for me. She has been an amazing professor - a TEACHER, not just a lecturer - advisor, confidant, and now friend. Campus Minister Christine Eberle has also been, outside of academics, a huge influence in me being a whole and fulfilled human being. I was diagnosed with MS last year and decided to have my wedding ceremony on campus. She was instrumental in being understanding during this ongoing crazy chronic disease adapting process and in facilitating our wedding ceremony in GMercyU’s chapel! 

I am currently the Data Analyst for the Bermuda Health Council in the Health Economics Division. This allows me to incorporate my background in mathematics, epidemiology, public health, and basic sciences to best determine policy and trends for the country of Bermuda. I also teach for GMercyU’s Natural and Computational Sciences Division and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Clearly, I enjoyed coming home to the division that I graduated from.