When Alex Bernadotte first landed at Dartmouth, it was the moment she had been preparing for her entire scholastic life. The first in her family to go to college, she wanted set a new path for generations to come. But to her great surprise, her grades faltered, she felt uncomfortable socially and had no clue how to tap the resources that Dartmouth had to offer. She nearly dropped out.
Sara's work has garnered remarkable results, a eureka of sorts, which, according to Professor Anastasios Melis of UC Berkeley, is quite unique. She has been very clever, becoming an important figure in the algae as biofuel community. She managed to manipulate the cells in the algae in such a way that they yielded an amazing amount of oil. When Sara saw the results, she was sure something was wrong but there wasn't.