Kristen Manning, from Hanover, Massachusetts, is passionate about the new prospects in the field of nursing. Her project, supported by an International Research Opportunities Program grant, allowed her not only to travel to the country of her family's origin, Northern Ireland, but also to discover new ideas and treatments for learning disabilities, a field that is personally and professionally of interest to her. Though at times her research was challenging, Manning believes that this opportunity has enabled her to find her calling in the nursing field. "I am determined to decrease the barriers that prohibit persons with intellectual disabilities from being autonomous in their own health care," she says and has directed her professional education toward the improvement of health care for this population. An Honors in Major student, Manning will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2012. She plans on pursuing a Masters in Nursing after graduation.