Emma Snavely

Emma Snavely

Emma Snavely grew up in Danville, IA and graduated from Iowa State University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and a minor in psychology. At Iowa State, she joined the Rare Disease Awareness Club. She led the club for two years as a NORD Students for Rare Chapter and with the goals of expanding visibility, support, and rare disease and disability advocacy. She volunteered as a crisis counselor with ACCESS, a support and housing nonprofit dedicated to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse of all genders. Emma worked as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for organic chemistry courses and as an SI Mentor to her peers. In honor of her late grandpa, Don Beck, she volunteered as an Ombudsman for the State of Iowa to advocate for long-term care residents. In addition to her personal experience with rare disease, Emma’s exposure to the field of genetic counseling came through webinars, informational interviews and educational opportunities and incredible mentors at the University of Iowa. In her free time, Emma enjoys puzzles, plants, and theater. She loves to be with her friends, family, and her wonderful classmates.