Name: Lucas
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Major: Biology-Chemistry
Grad Year: 2015

Why attend MU: MU provided the personal teacher-student atmosphere I was looking for while still being close to home. MU provides the opportunity to study abroad during "Jan Terms." Being a pre-professional student, no other school could guarantee I would have the time for such amazing experiences.

Favorite thing: MU provides lots of leadership opportunities. Having the chance to step up and take on a bigger role in my community builds important skills I will use no matter where life takes me and it helps build a resume ready to compete in any post-collegiate setting. For me this is especially true holding positons on the Executive Board of Pre-professionals of Science and Manchester Catholics, a student representative for "Students Today Alumni Tomorrow," and a University official as a Schwlam Hall Resident Assistant.

Never expected: The summer after my freshman year, I had the opportunity to be part of a fellowship at the nation's third-ranked children's hospital researching childhood leukemia. I gained first hand experience in a state-of-the-art research facility doing tissue cultures, transducing bone marrow cells with cancer, and working with leukemic mice. Moreover I was able to shadow on clinical rounds and observe surgeries. Being able to be part of where I one day hope to be is keeping me focused throughout my Sophomore year.

I found: Opportunity. 

I have stood on the roof tops of a rural Indian village. I have had freshly ground sugarcane in the fields they were grown. I have stood ten yards from a pride of lions. I have crossed India on an overnight train during Jan Term. 

I have sat in on conferences given by leading experimental hematologists and oncologists. 
I have presented my poster “A promising new target for Leukemia Therapy” on behalf of Dr. Kumar's lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Capstone Poster Symposium. 
I have seen a right femoral varus derotational osteotomy (femur sawed in half, rotated, and anchored back in place) performed giving a young girl the hope to be able to walk straight. 

I have connected with gifted and vibrant faculty and friends of MU by taking an active role in a few of the many organizations MU has to offer. 

I am looking forward to traveling to Zambia, Africa in 2013. 
I am looking forward to spending my next summer working on human leukemic stem lines and working toward becoming published. 
I am looking forward to growing as a student and a leader at MU. 
I am looking forward to medical school.