Emilie Gilbreath

“I want my work to change the way people see the world, and hopefully make it a better place.”

— Emilie Gilbreath

Art is as important to Emilie Gilbreath as biology, her second major. She excelled in art during high school and didn’t want to leave it behind—even though she plans to become a nutritionist and physician. “I hope to continue making art that is meaningful to me,” says Emilie. “I want my work to change the way people see the world, and hopefully make it a better place.”

Emilie’s art focus is photography and computer art. For her senior project she will document her animal research with digital and film photography, creating photomontages that illustrate the welfare standards in animal research. Emilie’s research will involve feeding one rat group a vegan diet and a second group a diet that includes animal protein. She plans to then compare their respective health and mental acuity.

In addition to her studies, Emilie belongs to the Kung Fu Club, Students for Environmental Action, and Allegheny Gay Pride. She volunteers at the Oohmahnee Farm Sanctuary and serves as a Bonner Leader at the Meadville YWCA. She also founded the Vegan House, one of several special-interest residences on campus.

Emilie says she wanted a small school where she wouldn’t be a number, but also a school that had strong science and art programs. “Allegheny was all of that and more,” she says.