Clinical Research Alum Named UNCW 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year

Clinical Research Alumna Rachael Beatty (’13) was named Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the UNCW Alumni Association.

Every year, the UNCW Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements and services to the university and community.

Like a true Seahawk, Rachael makes a difference in her community through volunteering.

She is an active member in the Junior League of Wilmington, where she serves as chair of the Bargain Sale and One Day Committees. The Bargain Sale raises money for charities that fit the mission of the local Junior League, to empower women and enrich the local community. As the One Day chair, Rachael helps organize a local Saturday Service event each quarter, including Yam Jam. She is also a volunteer speaker at Noble Middle School and a former volunteer for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Pediatric Department. She gives back to her alma mater by serving on the UNCW Alumni Steering Committee and is an annual donor.

Rachael earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical research in 2013, which led to an internship at PPD, followed by a job offer as a clinical research associate (CRA) after graduation. Rachael has served in PPD’s CRA Peer Mentor Program for four years. As a mentor, she meets with new CRAs and assists with their transition into PPD.

As a member of PPD’s Charitable Affairs Committee, Rachael serves as a liaison to volunteer efforts between PPD and Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Rachael is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at NC State University, where she was previously a McLauchlan Leadership Fellow and NCSU Professional MBA board president.

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research Program is housed in the CHHS School of Nursing. The purpose of this baccalaureate program is to prepare individuals to participate in the science and business of developing health care products, such as drugs, biologics and devices. This non-nursing degree focuses on the numerous requirements and positions involved with biopharmaceutical and device development including protocol development, scientific writing, data management, clinical monitoring, medical monitoring, regulatory affairs, clinical quality compliance and pharmaceutical marketing. For more information about the BS in Clinical Research, contact Barbara Pennington, Undergraduate Clinical Research Program Coordinator, at