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Jessica Frazelle


Senior from Lexington, N.C.
 Spanish and Biology
Co-Captain of the Radford University Swimming and Diving Team, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, LARC tutor in biology and chemistry, lifeguard at the Dedmon Center.

Valedictorian of her senior class, Jessica Frazelle had specific criteria she was seeking in an undergraduate institution: great academic programs, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad options, and a Division I swimming program. During a visit to campus, she discovered Radford University was a perfect fit.

“After my official recruiting visit, I remember telling my parents that Radford felt like home, that this was the place where I belong,” she said.

An accomplished athlete and co-captain of the Radford University swimming and diving team, Frazelle holds the program’s fourth-fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly. While she has made her mark athletically, Frazelle has also made the most of her academic experience.

In 2012, Frazelle was one of the recipients of the Outstanding Student Award – the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon a Radford University student for excellence in academics and leadership. This award is presented to students who have excelled in promoting the true spirit and ideals of Radford University.

Double majoring in Spanish and biology, Frazelle hopes to attend medical school after graduation. She hopes her fluency in Spanish gives her a competitive advantage as hospitals deal with an increase in the number of Spanish-speaking patients.

“By having a background in Spanish from Radford, I will be able to communicate with my patients and it will help me to become a better physician,” she said.  “I also hope to travel to Spanish-speaking countries to provide clinical care to people who are not able to receive adequate treatment.”

Travel abroad won’t be new to Frazelle. In spring 2012, she took advantage of a biology study abroad trip to the Virgin Islands. There she conducted research on the distribution of black spiny sea urchins (Diadema antillarum). Upon her return, she presented her findings at the university’s undergraduate research forum.  Meanwhile, this summer she will take a study abroad trip to Spain, which will enhance her Spanish-speaking skills.

"I am so excited that Radford offers these types of opportunities and I cannot wait for the experience,” she said.