This summer, biochemistry major Sarah Roerty worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, in the physical therapy department. She worked in the motion analysis lab with a physical therapist, observing what is happening and also collecting data to determine how people can work more smoothly and more efficiently. She helped with an exercise study for patients with MS. The goal was to have the patients do a 12 week exercise program to strengthen their hips, and at the end of the 12 weeks, see how they have improved with functional exercises, She also observed both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. It wasn’t quite the experience that she was expecting to have this summer, but found it to be a very good experience, observing and and participating in research studies that will help PTs work with patients. Because she wants to be a PT, these experiences helped her to understand the different things that PTs can do, as well as the different types of patients that PTs can work with. She set a goal to work more independently and to be able to do things on her own without being prompted. All the hard work paid off, as Sarah applied to and was accepted early acceptance to the DPT program at the University of Maryland in 2020. Congratulations, Sarah!
Chemistry and Biochemistry News
Biochemistry Alum Prince Gyamfi (BS’ 16) received his white coat as part of the convocation ceremony at Morehouse School of Medicine, a signifying symbol of the “trust bestowed upon them as they carry on the noble traditions of medicine and science.” Prince was also awarded the Presidental Scholar Merit Scholarship for exceptional scholastic ability. Congratulations Prince!
The achievements of efforts at the freshman level of chemistry was featured in the August Council of Undergraduate Research blog. Chemistry faculty member Dr. Jeremy Burkett has facilitated a year long research experience with first year honors chemistry students which has exposed them to the experience of real world mentored research early in their undergraduate career. The full story can be read here.
Olivia Apicella, senior chemistry major, completed her capstone internship by working as a Teaching Assistant for Fast-Paced High School Chemistry with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She worked at the satellite location in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at Dickinson College where she had the opportunity to work with gifted and talented middle and high school students from all around the world. Her main responsibilities were preparing for laboratory activities, managing the classroom, and assisting with student comprehension. She was even able to teach several topics while instilling a passion for science to her students. She is pictured here in front of the Rector Science Complex on the Dickinson College campus.