Caleb Sawyer is a senior at Wake Forest University. He is double majoring in Physics and Mathematical Statistics with a minor in Latin. He has a 3.8 GPA, and he is Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi - Classics Honor Society, President of the Quiz Bowl Team, and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics Honor Society. To have fun he is Treasurer of the Dungeons and Dragons Club.
Since early childhood, Caleb has always enjoyed learning and doing research. Growing up as a caregiver to their father and around his father’s injuries, Caleb knew that he would enjoy a bio-related career that was able to help people. This fall he will be applying for PhD programs and potentially medical physics programs. His long-term goal is to become a professor in physics. Caleb’s mother being a high school teacher was very prevalent in his life, and he would love to follow in her footsteps but in a college environment. He thinks it would be cool to witness the “light bulb” aha moments for his students like he saw with his mother’s students.
Currently, Caleb works as a student research assistant, after asking his professor his freshman year if he could conduct research. His research is in the area of understanding the mechanical properties of comparing normal cells to cancer variants at the Guthold Lab at Wake Forest University.
This past summer he received a URECA Grant from Wake Forest University to do research with a professor and work on the mechanics of breast cells and their cancerous variants.
Caleb’s father, U.S. Army Sgt. Loyd Sawyer, served as part of the Army Mortuary Affairs team assigned to Dover Port Mortuary. He then served in Iraq from July 2006-February 2007 at the mortuaries in Tallil and Balad. At Balad, the mortuary was under constant bombardment as it sat on the flight line. The team faced repeated blast exposure. In 2009, Loyd was medically retired due to his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Regarding his scholarship, Caleb says “It is the most fortunate thing that has ever happened to me.”
NGS would also like to thank the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in supporting Caleb and helping him reach his dreams.