Stephanie Lankford

Med School Oncologist

Stephanie Lankford's Story

Prior to graduating from Monmouth College in May, Lankford was accepted into graduate studies in the field of oncology medicine as a Still Scholars Recipient at A. T. Still University Medical School in Kirksville, Mo. She said the subject first drew her interest during a shadowing program in her hometown of Effingham. “I have always had an interest in the human body,” she said. “The strength yet delicacy of the entire system amazes me.” Named Freshman Chemistry Student of the Year, Lankford has shown no signs of slowing down, accruing extensive research experience through her work in Monmouth’s labs and through off-campus experiences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Eppley Cancer Institute and the University of Illinois.

“Oncology seems like the perfect specialty for me because there are always new causes of and treatments for cancer emerging, the education is continuous, and the opportunity to change a life for the better will never cease.”

In addition to being an exemplary student, Lankford excelled in co-curricular activities and served in many leadership positions on campus. That includes being a resident assistant and head resident, which she said was an eye-opening experience. “The residents we had in Liedman Hall my sophomore year were incredibly diverse,” she said. “I come from a town where diversity is slim, so I feel that the conversations we had in Liedman that year were monumental in increasing my awareness of diversity and the importance it has in all levels of society.”

Tying it all together

“Monmouth College has undoubtedly changed my life for the better,” said Lankford. “My science classes were truly interesting. I also found enjoyment in Honors classes, Introduction to Liberal Arts and other discussion-based classes. My personal and professional life has been exponentially advanced well beyond where I feel they would have been had I attended a different college.”

  • Head of the class
    As Monmouth’s Student Lincoln Laureate, Lankford is one of the podium speakers at the college’s 158th Commencement Exercises.
  • Midwest Scholar
    Lankford was in the first class of incoming Monmouth students to compete for a prestigious Midwest Scholar Award, and she came away with one of the seven prizes awarded in that inaugural year.
Oncology seems like the perfect specialty for me because there are always new causes of and treatments for cancer emerging, the education is continuous, and the opportunity to change a life for the better will never cease.


Stephanie Lankford ’15
Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry