Professor of Biology Shubhik DebBurman co-directs the LFC-RFUMS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and explained that the students will be working with 13 RFUMS faculty from seven medical school departments. Nine faculty have worked with our students before, and five are new mentors to the program.
This is the sixth year of this program that has provided research opportunities to more than 50 Lake Forest College students since 2009. Many of these graduates have become published scholars with medical school faculty in major journals such as PLoS One, Behavior and Brain Research, Nucleic Acids Research, Biological Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Journal of Neuroscience, and PLoS Genetics.
“I believe that this year has produced our most successful and diverse class of scholars,” DebBurman said. “This one-of-a-kind collaboration between a medical school and a national liberal arts college emphasizes how institutional location and access can give a unique edge to the career development preparation of our large cohort of pre-health students. Since its inception in 2009, the program has expanded our institutional ability to provide high quality research experiences to life science majors, helping meet a heavy demand from our students for such opportunities.”
Several alumni of this program have headed for medical school, PhD programs in Biology, Neuroscience and Psychology, as well as pursuing diverse health professions degrees in optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, public health, and veterinary medicine. Others have become K-12 science teachers or headed for biotech/pharmacuetical careers.
2014 Class of LFC-RFUMS Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars:
Shannon Lakemacher ’15 (Mentor: Dr. Neelam Sharma-Walia, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology)
Eddi Moravac ’15 (Mentor: Dr. William Frost, Departmentof Cell Biology and Anatomy) (thesis, neuroscience)
Jason McAloon ’15 (Mentor: Dr. David Everly, Department of Microbiology & Immunology) (thesis, biology)
Jacqueline Meyer ’15 (Mentor: Dr. Kuei Tseng, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology)