Sharon is a first year Master’s student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at UNC in May 2016 and is part of the Dual Bachelor’s-to-Master of Science Program. She is a current recipient of the UNC Graduate School Masters Merit Assistantship for study in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Sharon is studying the potential contribution of lysogenic phages in coliphage enumeration methods. She has also participated in environmental microbiological studies involving disk diffusion antibiotic sensitivity testing and beach water quality monitoring.