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  • Application cycles: 06/25/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 30, Caucasian
  • Home state: North Carolina
  • Last Active: 11/10/2014

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 06/25/2011

  • Undergraduate college: Appalachian State University
  • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
  • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 127  
  • Overall GPA: 3.80
  • Science GPA: 3.80

Summary of Application Experience

Brief Bio

21y/o WASP Male
Applying in the 2011-2012 application cycle.
NC Native, Family ties to KY


Activities

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Research

Poster Presentations (abbreviated)
1.SEM investigation of uterine cervical epithelial tissue in mice treated with different factors poster at the Spring 2009 Appalachian State symposium of Research, Boone, NC An overview of VEGF action on the cervix and its potential role in remodeling poster at the 2010 Triangle Consortium for Reproductive Biology, Durham, NC
2.VEGF up-regulates inflammatory factors in the cervix of mice poster at the Spring 2010 Appalachian State symposium of Researchendeavors, Boone, NC
3.VEGF up-regulates inflammatory factors in the cervix of mice poster at the 2010 Experimental Biology conference Anaheim, CA
4.IMPULSE Reviewer Training Sites poster at the 2011 SYNAPSE conference, WFU Winston-Salem,
Research Awards
NSF Academy of Science (Scholarship 1/09-12/10) VEGF & receptors project described in the Undergrad Researcher activity. Attended community building events and study group meetings for a minimum of 3 hours per week. Co-lead the Biology study group (Fall 2010)
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Paid Employment 1/10-5/10) Inflammation in the Placenta and St. John\'s Wort projects described in the Undergrad Researcher activity. 400hrs total lab time.
NC Biotech Undergraduate Research Fellow (Grant 5/11-5/12) Collagen and Proteomics project described in the Undergrad Researcher activity. 400 hr minimum lab time. Presentation & attendance at a biotechnology business conference required.
Research Projects
1. Project investigating Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and its receptors KDR and Flt-1 and their role in cervical remodeling. Involved in all steps of research including live mouse treatment, oophorectomies, cervix removal, sample prep, qrtPCR and SEM. Poster Presentation #1,2,3,4 and Research award #1.
2. Characterized the morphology of the mouse placenta using SEM. through. Developed a procedure for the extraction of placental capillaries. Research Award 2.
3. Presently working on a project to map protein activity in the cervix throughout pregnancy, specifically Collagen I,II and IV. Techniques included Proteomics, western blot and qrtPCR. Research Award 3.

Most Meaningful Experience Remarks: I was fortunate to begin working in Dr. XXXX lab during my freshman year, and experience that has become a defining experience in my education that has not only exposed me to an extraordinary variety of techniques but surrounded me with other inquisitive students. My research solidified my passion for the sciences and taught me how to be inquisitive and open minded in the laboratory and in the classroom. Performing primary research and formally presenting my data allowed me to truly engage with my education, an opportunity not afforded to most undergraduates at large schools. Working in a research laboratory allowed me to hone my public speaking skills, solve real research problems on my own and to try my hand at experimental design. The biomedical aspect of the projects in my lab convinced me that I belong in the health care field. I will be completing one more year of research with Dr. XXXXX that will include 6 class credit hours of \"Honors Thesis\" and will be presenting and defending a thesis for Biology Department Honors and University Honors at Appalachian State. Additionally, I will be traveling with members of the lab to complete a 5 week clinical internship in Johannesburg, South Africa from 7/12 to 8/18. I will be earning a CNA I certification in order to participate in this program


Epsilon Tau Pi

Founding President/Chartering President/National Executive Board Member
Founding President of the Eta Chapter at Appalachian State University. Responsible for drafting the constitution, bylaws and expansion application in addition to leading interest meetings up to the original expansion date. Responsible for coordinating all fraternity activities, service events and weekly chapter meetings. Presiding brother for Chapter and Executive Board meetings. Formal liaison to the University on behalf of the Eta Chapter. Responsible for drafting the charter petition during Spring 2011. Registered through the fraternity as an Adult Volunteer with BSA Troop 109 -- Boone, NC.

Most Meaningful Experience Remarks: Serving as the founding president of the Eta Chapter of Epsilon Tau Pi was, at its very core, an extraordinary lesson in the importance of patience and humility. I\'m no stranger to leadership but handling a group of eagle scouts, all leaders in their own right, was an adventure. Initially, I had an extraordinary vision for the fraternity, huge membership, large service projects and hands on involvement with local scout troops. And while all of those things are great ideas, my original plan was to make all of it happen by myself: a valiant effort that lasted all of three weeks. Working with my brothers in the fraternity taught me what it means to collaborate. I learned how to guide a group without driving it, how to entertain ideas that are not my own and to utilize the skills and strengths of my brothers to serve the fraternities needs. In two short years we were both colonized and recognized as a fully chartered chapter of the Fraternity. The Eta Chapter has seen a great deal of success, and while I am the chief executive of the fraternity, I have learned that I am just a part of the team that made everything happen. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have been, and to be currently, involved with such an outstanding group of eagle scouts, committed to service their community and their school.


Community Service

WFUBMC/Community Care Center
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Assisted with folding sheets and preparing coverings for the gamma knife in radiation oncology. Observed verification x-rays. Maintained control rooms in interventional radiology, observed procedures. 46.3 Hours Community Care Clinic Shadowed XXXXXXX in the examination room. Responsible for retrieving prescribed drugs from the dispensary. Used experience as a pharmacy technician to fill prescriptions in the dispensary during down time.

Most Meaningful Experience Remarks: Outside of its value as exposure to the field of medicine, volunteering at the Community Care Center in Winston-Salem changed my perspective on what it means to be uninsured. The community care center sees uninsured patients, most of whom are working poor holding full time jobs and unable to make ends meet. As a pre-medicine student, my peers and I have spent plenty of time discussing the state of health care in our nation and the downfalls of our insurance system, but being in the clinic gave me a different view entirely of the options available to the uninsured. Additionally, I learned just how much of a difference a good provider can make in the lives of a patient, with or without insurance. XXXXXXXXX the CCCCC I worked with is the only full time provider at the free clinic and as a result she see\'s mostly return patients with chronic disorders: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the like. Even though most of the patients XXXX saw were manageable cases, she did an extraordinary job of inspiring them to take control of their disorders.
Honors Vanguard
Serves as a member of the honors vanguard, a group of Honors students selected for their outstanding scholarship and service to The Honors College. Met with prospective students, introduced The Honors College at public events including open house and on Scholars Days, and helped host Program socials. The Vanguard members are invited to serve by the Director and are adjunct members of the Honors College staff.
Troop 109 - Boy Scouts of America
As a member of Epsilon Tau Pi, I am registered as an Adult Volunteer with Troop 109 in Boone, NC. As a scout leader I attend weekly troop meetings and help the scouts work on merit badge and rank advancement requirements. More specifically I help mentor the newest scouts in the troop, teaching them the scout oath and law and helping them to achieve their first rank. I help teach first aid, wilderness survival and safety and personal management. As an Eagle Scout I also help scouts finish their final requirements for the rank of Eagle, specifically the required service project.
Thrivent Financial - Yadkin River Chapter
As the Communications director I was responsible for managing and updating the chapter website, writing the quarterly chapter newsletters, and handling all of the chapter press releases and government contact including informing and inviting state and national senators and representatives the mayor and the governor to chapter events. The communication director is also a voting member of the chapter executive board. The Yadkin river chapter includes eleven congregations in Forsyth, Surry and Stokes county, NC.


Other Extra-Curriculars

IMPULSE, An Undergraduate Journal for Neuroscience
As part of the Appalachian State IMPULSE review team, the applicant was responsible for providing timely reviews of the manuscripts submitted to the journal and attending monthly team meetings. All future Reviewers at Appalachian State are required to take HON 3530, a class that focuses on the publication process in modern research and prepares students to become Reviewers for IMPULSE. Also presented at the 2011 SYNAPSE conference at Wake Forest University with representatives from the Journal. (See poster presentation #4)
CVS/pharmacy - Pharmacy Technician
Responsible for prescription maintenance and pick-up as well as inventory maintenance. Worked as part of a team of Pharmacy Service Associates, Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacists to prepare prescriptions, file insurance claims and resolve claim issues. Worked in Winston-Salem and Boone, NC. An average of 10 hours per week is listed. Work time during the school year is very limited, sometimes as little as 10 hours per month. Work during school breaks and around holidays increases to between 20 and 35 hours per week.
Chemistry Teaching Assistant
Assistant instructor for CHE 1110, Introduction to Chemistry. Responsible for assisting students with execution of lab procedure, maintenance of lab protocol and ensuring lab safety. End of course critiques completed by students ranked 15% higher than the institution average in instructor effectiveness and overall instructor efficacy. Helping teach other students during my sophomore year was a valuable learning experience that helped to prepare me for my work with Epsilon Tau Pi and the Boy Scouts of America in the coming years.
Marching Mountaineers - Drumline
Played second bass drum with the Appalachian State Marching Mountaineers drum line as an extension of involvement with bands and orchestra from Mount Tabor High School. Performed at all home football games and traveled to LSU to perform at the season opener. Also played at select pep rally\'s , parades and campus events. I have continued to play percussion, specifically drumset and traditional marching snare drum as a stress reliever during the school year.


Academic Honors

Deans List Honors (3.5 and above)
Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010
Phi Kappa Phi
Spring 2010 - Present
Top 20% of junior class (nominated as a second semester sophomore)
Beta Beta Beta
Biological Honor Society
Spring 2010 to Present
Other Honors/Scholarships - Non Research Honors
Academic Honors Listed Below
Recipient: Art & Danni Weber Scholarship - Winston Salem Foundation Fall 2008 - Present
Phi Eta Sigma Honor society Fall 2008-Present
Biology Departmental Honors (Since Fall 2010 - In Progress)
University Honors College (Since Spring 2010 - In Progress)


Shadowing

Non Volunteer Medical Exposure
Dr. XXXXX - Ford Simpson Lively and Rice Pediatrics - 24.5 hours
Dr. XXXXX - WFUBMC, Neurology - 10.5 hours
Dr. XXXXX- Memorial Park Hospital - 10 Hours
Dr. XXXXX - Orthopoedic Specialists of the Carolinas - 11 Hours
Total: 57.5 Hours

Clinical Internship in Johannesburg, SA in the public healthcare system.
3 weeks of shadowing in:
Podiatry, Homeopathy, Rheumatology, OB/GYN, Endocrinology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Wound Care



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