1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I've truly enjoyed my leadership and volunteer experiences at UMD. The leadership experience that influenced me the most was founding, presiding over, and eventually coaching the Club Weightlifting Team. Going from a small group of 8 with a niche sport hobby to a university-funded, 100+ member team that travels and competes, there were trials and tribulations galore - but I wouldn't trade the time spent, friends made, and lessons learned for anything. As a volunteer, my favorite experience was working at the Children's Developmental Clinic, where I got to work one-on-one with a special needs child for multiple semesters.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship provided much needed financial relief, enabling me to work less hours to offset costs. This let me spend more time doing research for my thesis, get back to a more regular exercise schedule, and pursue opportunities that I otherwise may have missed out on - such as attending/presenting at a recent conference in Asheville, NC and traveling to Providence with the UMD powerlifters for Collegiate Nationals.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I am pursuing the MD/PhD dual degree path, with hopes of an eventual career mixing basic research, clinical medicine, and teaching. I hope to use my education to be on the forefront of new discoveries in the mechanisms and treatment of disease, and I hope to exercise my enthusiasm for teaching by helping train future professionals.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Graduation: May 2016
What is your Hometown?
I grew up in Havre de Grace, Maryland, a small Harford County (MD) town on the Chesapeake.