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January 2005 Issue

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Summer Research at UC Pays Off in a Big Way

Published January 2005

Jaysson Brooks, an Oakwood College student who participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and Summer Research Scholars program at the UC College of Medicine, received top honors at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Dallas, Texas, in November.

Brooks was one of six to receive an award in the neuroscience category at this competition--beating out students from institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Johns Hopkins.

This three-day conference--with more than 2,800 students presenting in eight scientific categories--is one of the largest research conferences for minority students.

Brooks credits his success to UC's summer programs and the faculty and staff that helped to foster his interest in research.

"My experience at the University of Cincinnati was truly life changing," says Brooks. "When I first came to the program, I honestly didn't think I would like it because I didn't think that research was really my thing.

"There are just so many people that played instrumental roles in making my experience at UC incredible." Brooks says his time at UC has influenced his future plans.

"Before, I wanted to go to medical school and become an emergency room physician," he says. "My focus has changed slightly, and now I want to pursue an MD/PhD, becoming a trauma surgeon."

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