Student Spotlight: Roman Camarda and His Balanced Approach to Education

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Roman Camarda
Roman Camarda, '13

Roman Camarda, who will graduate this year with degrees in biochemistry and photomedia, has been an active member of the Honors Program and the UW since he arrived on campus in 2008. In addition to completing his double degree, Camarda has found time to be an "Honors 100" peer educator and a biochemistry TA; to co-teach AP biology at Seattle Prep, his high school alma mater; to volunteer at both an elementary school and as an artist-in-residence at the UW Hospital; and to start his own clothing company.

Camarda has also been conducting research in various ways throughout his time at UW. The true embodiment of interdisciplinarity, he works not only in a microbiology lab but also integrates research into his photomedia studies, emphasizing the connections between the two.

"It's about balance," he says, citing a need for both science and art in his life and academics. His work in both fields is informed and inspired by these two seemingly disparate disciplines, which lead him down innovative paths that bring together visual media and science.

A recent photography project explores concepts inspired by a quantum physics course. This series of portraits, titled Uncertainties, represents the concentration and dissolution of being via the movement of particles and the changing dynamics of space.

We are honored that Camarda will deliver the graduating student address at the 2013 Honors Celebration of Distinction. This fall he will begin his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the University of California in San Francisco.

Laura Harrington
Laura Harrington, academic adviser in Honors