Chase M. Swinton

Hometown – Sherwood , AR
Undergrad – Stanford University
Major/Academic Interest – Neuroscience

At a young age, Chase learned the value of diligence from her parents who instilled within her the principles of resilience, leadership, and self-confidence. To this day, Chase still strives to model her life to fit these ideals. 

One of Chase’s long time passions is soccer. However, it was soccer that taught her about the lack of African-American representation. Rarely did she see players with puffs, braids, or twists. Nevertheless, wanting to delve further into her love of soccer, she tested for her U.S. Soccer Federation referee license; she has held this license since the age of twelve. Chase made the varsity soccer team as a freshman in high school, earning All-Conference honors. The rest of her high school soccer career she suffered multiple injuries ultimately resulting in a torn ACL. You can now find her on the soccer field as an assistant coach and manager, promoting a culture of understanding and inclusion for all young ladies.

Chase is involved in her community extensively. For her work, she has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. She takes most pride in presiding as the vice president of her city’s Mayor’s Youth Council and founding her high school’s Interact Club. Furthermore, as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and Rotary Youth Leadership Award Ambassador, she is well-versed in the significance of not only community service but of international service as well. In college, Chase plans to join service organizations that focus on racial and socioeconomic disparities as well as healthcare. She wants to pursue a major in public policy. Chase had the firsthand opportunity to experience public policy at work as an Arkansas Girls’ State Congressional Representative. Chase yearns to take the tools she’s learned through her service and combine them with her undergraduate studies to continue tackling issues she finds in her Arkansan community.

Additionally, Chase plans to also major in neuroscience. Her fascination with the human brain, specifically neurodegeneration, stems from her late grandmother who passed of Alzheimer’s disease. To deeply explore in her interest, Chase conducted neurobiology research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). While at UAMS, she developed an intrinsic passion for scientific research. This led her to applying for, and ultimately attending, Harvard’s Science Research Conference. Having the opportunity to learn from fellow high school researchers across the country and esteemed Harvard professors further asserted Chase’s interest in pursuing research as a neurologist, specializing in neurodegenerative diseases.

 Chase is committed to using her affinity for science and service to empower those succeeding her. She sincerely believes representation matters.

When she has some free time, Chase is an avid anime and Black Mirror binge-watcher. Chase also enjoys listening to R&B music and NPR. She’s a big fan of peppermint mocha lattes and taking photographs of scrumptious food.