Updates From a Few More Recent Alumni

Brandon Rosen

"Having graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS Chem. in 2011, I have started my PhD in organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. The MRC provided me with the perfect environment to begin my scientific career, and the opportunities that I had as an undergraduate because of the MRC were invaluable to my growth as both a scientist and an individual. Current and prospective students should find something at U of M about which they are truly passionate and devote themselves to it."

Nicholas Orichella

"I start work at the General Mills R&D headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late September.

I just got back from a 50 day trip throughout western Europe, which was a great learning experience about other cultures. The University of Michigan, but especially the MRC, introduced me to so many different kinds of people that I was not too overwhelmed by the differences in the countries compared to America.

My advice for current students is the following: Work hard on your research project and leave a good impression on the people you work with. Their recommendations may be helpful in the future, but the experience you gain from the hard work will greatly assist you in interviews and give you a better work ethic for your classes."

Blake Ivers

"Right now I plan on attending Wayne State University next fall to complete the MS in Basic Medical Sciences, a one year program designed for aspiring medical students.

Being in the MRC and UROP was an excellent experience for me because it allowed me to explore a different side of medicine. I participated in three different projects during my time in UROP. My favorite one was when I worked with Dr. Joseph Holoshitz studying the mechanisms of rheumatoid arthritis. I'm in interested in becoming a physician and seeing the research side of the medical field helped me to grasp a fuller picture of how advancements are made on a daily basis.

My advice to new students is this: Get involved in as many things as possible! There are campus groups that address nearly every single interest one could have. For instance, I recently took a medical trip to the Dominican Republic through MESO, a campus medical group that facilitates volunteer opportunities for students exploring healthcare and dentistry. Take advantage of all of the things offered at U-M."

Kathleen Clement

"I will be living in Charlottesville, Virginia and attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine. I am also a part of the US Army's Health Professionals Scholarship Program, which covers all of my expenses in medical school and allows me to do my elective rotations at military medical facilities around the globe! I am still playing soccer and rugby, but I hope to find to balance all of my interests as best as I can. My experiences in the MRC have helped me to choose a medical career path, and the mentorship from my classmates and other MRC staff was amazingly helpful during my time at the University of Michigan!"