Commonwealth Honors College student and biology major, Monali Faldu '19, won first prize in the second annual That's Life [Science] Undergraduate Writing Contest. That's Life [Science] is UMass Amherst's graduate student STEM blog and outreach organization, which provides a free collection of articles related to the life sciences. In her winning essay, "The Purebred Poodle Problem," Faldu wrote about the problems that come with purebred dogs — poodles in particular.
"It’s understandable that a person might want a particular breed of dog because they’re adorable or known to be well behaved," Faldu writes. "What people don’t know is that keeping the breed pure can be harmful to the dog's health. Purebred lines, such as today’s poodles, come from generations of selective breeding and inbreeding." This can lead to diseases such as sebaceous adenitis and Addison’s disease.
Commonwealth Honors College congratulates Monali on her success. We look forward to seeing what she does next.
Monali Faldu. Photo by That's Live [Science]