CAS Corps Feature: Emily Baker

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Corps are chosen to serve as representatives to all constituents of CAS and to create, promote and execute opportunities for academic and professional growth. These students represent a variety of departments from across CAS and will represent the College at events through interaction among current students, future students, parents, donors and alumni.

Throughout the year, we will be introducing new students representing the College in the 2023-24 academic year through a question and answer format. For more about the CAS Corps, visit:

Emily Baker

Year: Junior
Major: Chemistry (Biochemistry)
Hometown: Kernersville, N.C.

Which clubs or organizations are you a member of?

  • Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dental Fraternity 

  • Health Professions Club

What scholarship(s) have you received from Appalachian or while studying at Appalachian?

Appalachian Excellence Scholar Scholarship

What research or coursework have you been most passionate about?

"I really enjoy my science classes! I am especially passionate about classes that directly relate to my future career, such as anatomy and physiology."

Which location(s) do you hope to visit for an internship, a study abroad trip, a research experience, or just for fun?

"One day, I hope to explore Europe, especially Switzerland! I have seen gorgeous pictures of the mountains in Switzerland, and I hope to see them in person at some point."

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

"My favorite place on campus is Sanford Mall. On warm days, the mall is packed with students doing homework, playing lawn games, slacklining, hammocking, and just enjoying each other's company. I love the joyful atmosphere and look forward to days like these."

What is one of your favorite memories at Appalachian thus far?

"My favorite memories have been all the football games! There is nothing quite like football at Kidd Brewer Stadium!"

What do you like about Boone and the surrounding community?

"I love the small-town feel. Being from a small town myself, I instantly felt at home in Boone. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is walk down King Street and shop around."

What are your hobbies?

"My hobbies include working out, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and spending time with my friends!"

What is your favorite book, podcast, artist, and/or television show?

"My favorite book is 'The Silent Patient' by Alex Michaelides. My favorite artist is Zach Bryan. Lastly, my favorite television show is Grey's Anatomy."

Tell us about one faculty or staff member that has made an impact on your life and how.

"In a short time, Dr. Culpepper has made a huge impact on my life. I recently joined her research lab and was terrified that I wasn't smart enough and that I was in over my head. She has been supportive from the beginning and has shown me that I am capable of this. She instantly made me feel at home and comfortable in the lab, which I am so thankful for."

What do you feel has been valuable in your education at Appalachian versus another institution?

"The faculty at Appalachian has been amazing, especially in the chemistry department. Almost all of my professors have made the effort to learn my name and get to know me as more than just a student. I have never felt like my questions are stupid are unwelcome. All of my professors have been extremely helpful and supportive, and it's obvious that they truly care about their students success."

What do you hope to do after graduation?

"After I graduate from App State, I plan to attend dental school."


About the A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences
The A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with eight different concentrations and an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in fermentation sciences. The department’s programs prepare students to attend graduate and professional schools, as well as for employment in the pharmaceutical and fermentation industries and other business sectors. Learn more at

Compiled by Lauren Gibbs
February 9, 2024

CAS Corps member Emily Baker is a junior chemistry major from Kernersville. Photo submitted.
Published: Feb 9, 2024 8:30am