Mr. Jordan Brown, a 2013 program participant at the University of California Los Angeles. Mr. Brown graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a degree in biology. Today, he is a second-year dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. What obstacles did you overcome in your educational or career journey? In 2012,… Continue reading

Mr. Jacob Gilchrist, a 2014 program participant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Mr. Gilchrist graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in biology. In July 2017, he will begin his first year of medical school at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of… Continue reading

Mr. Mark Alsay, Jr., a 2013 program participant at the University of California Los Angeles. Mr. Alsay graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a degree in biology. In the fall of 2017, he will attend the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Health Policy and Management program for his MPH. What led to your… Continue reading

Ms. Blunt, a 2010 program participant at the University of Louisville. She graduated from Hampton University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology and a concentration in ecology. Today, she is a dental student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. What led to your interest in a health profession? As a child,… Continue reading

Ms. Ra’trice Jackson, a 2011 program participant at the University of Washington. Today, she is a third year dental student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Jackson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-dental. She earned a master’s degree in health science from… Continue reading

Cynthia N. Ramirez, a 2013 program participant at Duke University. Today, she is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior Research PhD program at Keck School of Medicine of USC. What led to your interest in a health profession? I wanted to prove myself and to others that a female, first generation Latina with a… Continue reading

Dr. Jarita Hagans, a 1996 program participant at Howard University. Today, she is a family practice physician, speaker, and author. What led to your interest in a health profession? I’ve had a love of science and service from a  young age, and this is a career that lets you combine those passions. Who or what… Continue reading

Mr. Tilley participated in SMDEP at University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2011. Today, he is a 2nd year medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What led to your interest in dentistry, medicine, another health profession or other career? I became interested in the health professions in high school. I… Continue reading

Ms. Ngobitak Ndiwane participated in SMDEP at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine in 2013. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. Ms. Ndiwane will be attending Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in August 2016. What led to… Continue reading

Ms. Karina Valentin participated in SMDEP at Columbia University in 2011. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelors degree in Psychology, and received a master’s degree in Biology from Roosevelt University. Ms. Valentin will be attending the College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences in August 2016. What led to… Continue reading