Lisa Sease wonders now if she would have drifted from major to major--physical therapy to pre-med--if she had met Tona Gilmer four years earlier. "I wasted time looking into these fields, and at the same time, I didn't get a good insight into areas I would have liked, such as research," says Sease, 21, who expects to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., this spring.

As it is, she plans to go on to graduate school for advanced study in pharmacology, a subject she hit upon as she cast about in the sea of different biology concentrations. But now she knows that she can call Gilmer, a cell biologist at Glaxo Inc. in Research Triangle Park, N.C., at any time for advice about her career, thanks to Sease's nomination as a Glaxo Women in Science Scholar by the major pharmaceutical firm. Sease may even work in Gilmer's Glaxo lab...

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