Originally from New Jersey, Sam Vitale graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a BA in English. Her current research interests hover at the interface of science and literature--perhaps a vestige of her former desire to pursue veterinary medicine. Although she has investigated the influence of Charles Darwin on writers like H.G. Wells, Sam hopes to explore the presence of other scientific discourses in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature during her Masters program. In her spare time, she enjoys bonding with her cat, Schrodinger, dabbling in graphic design, and trying to comprehend quantum mechanics.