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Zoe Hesselroth


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Hello! My name is Zoe, and I am a third year student at the University of Washington studying Nursing and Japanese, and am also a student in the Interdisciplinary Honors program. I am currently working on a nursing degree in an effort to achieve my career dream of helping others and being a supportive member of my community. Nursing is my dream career because it allows me to build relationships with patients one-on-one, and make efforts to alleviate some of the stress and discomfort they may be experiencing. In the future, I plan to work in underserved communities as a public health nurse and also become a Japanese medical translator.


University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Bellevue College

Technical bootcamp
2019 - 2022

Eastlake High School

High School
2017 - 2021


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Public Health Nurse, Nurse Midwife, Japanese Medical Translator

    • Medication Care Manager

      Aegis Living Lake Union
      2023 – Present1 year
    • OL (Orientation Leader)

      UW First Year Programs
      2023 – 20241 year
    • RA (Resident Advisor) for Terry Hall

      UW Housing and Food Services
      2022 – Present2 years
    • PCT (Patient Care Technician)

      Overlake Medical Center
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Style Consultant

      2021 – 20221 year



    Junior Varsity
    2018 – 20191 year

    Slow-pitch Softball

    2017 – 20192 years


    • Coach's Choice


    • Bellevue College Japan Week 2021

      Computer Art
      Designed t-shirt design (back side)
      2021 – 2021
    • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

      2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
      2020 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      King County Clinic — I was a nursing student volunteer for this year's King County clinic, which is a large-scale pop-up clinic to provide free dental, vision, and medical services to anyone in the King County area. In my role I screened, checked in, and escorted patients.
      2024 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      UW Terry Hall — I was an Assistant Director of Collaboration helping to facilitate weekly meetings, lead committees for events, and communicate across buildings. I developed skills like marketing, organizing supplies within a budget, and creating a funding proposal.
      2021 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Bellevue College Japan Week 2021 — I am volunteering along with other BC students to help in putting together the event- some of my roles include/d making posters to advertise weekend events, designing the Japan Week t-shirt, and co-facilitating a few weekday and weekend events.
      2021 – 2021
    • Advocacy

      WashPIRG (Washington Public Interest Research Group) — I am currently a member of the Affordable Healthcare campaign, where we are working to lessen the burden of healthcare costs via actions like writing to state senators, collecting petitions, and advocating for government bills.
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Missing Maps — Remote Volunteer
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Eastside Search and Rescue — Trainee
      2018 – 2019

    Future Interests




    Bold Science Matters Scholarship
    My favorite scientific discovery is an often leaned-on pillar of microbiology: agar. The discovery of this invaluable resource is often credited to Robert Koch, while in reality, it was the wife of one of his associates, Fannie Hesse, who suggested its use. Fannie worked as an unpaid assistant for her husband in Koch’s lab and supported research by preparing environments for bacteria to grow in, cleaning equipment, and making illustrations for publications. As her husband and Koch struggled to find a growth medium that could overcome the limitations of gelatin, Fannie suggested using agar. When her husband notified Koch of the new technique, he immediately added it to his nutrient broths but made no mention of the Hesses’ vital contributions in his 1882 paper discussing the discovery. Agar is an indispensable tool in the microbiology laboratory, namely due to characteristics like the ability to withstand high temperatures and degradation by many microbes, among others. Without agar, we would not be able to perform critical procedures like streaking for isolation or making plate counts to determine dilutions. However, what makes this discovery my favorite is that it highlights the vital roles played by women throughout STEM fields and encourages conversations regarding the necessity of acknowledging these contributions. In my research of Fannie, I read sources that clarified how her illustrations were drawn so accurately that they supported a strong understanding of microbiology. I think that even the fact we would need evidence to prove Fannie really understood what she was doing illuminates the assumption of ignorance placed on many women. Overall, Fannie not only contributed a whole world of advancement and potential to the field of microbiology but did so while being disregarded on account of her gender; subsequently illuminating barriers faced by women in STEM fields even into the modern-day.