Alex Long

Alex Long
M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy

"I couldn’t be more sure that this program wasn’t actually a detour, but exactly the course of education I needed."

About Alex

Alex Long is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy at Georgetown's Biomedical Graduate Education. Alex is from Buffalo, New York and pursued a degree in Biology from the University of Richmond.

Why did you choose Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University?

It’s a pretty classic story.  I have always been in love with Washington DC and the culture the city provides.  Politics and government have always enthralled me, and I knew that I couldn’t ignore this huge part of my life.  So naturally, during my senior year, I was grappling with the decision to either apply to medical school outright, or to take a slight detour.  

I took the detour.  Georgetown’s Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy program blended my love of the sciences and medicine with my urge to learn the intricacies of policy.  Basically, I wanted to learn the rules to the game before I became a player in it.

As a Hoyas for Science Scholarship recipient, you were selected because your application "demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters' level." What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?

Currently I have my sights set on an MD/PhD program that combines the practice of medicine with a social science PhD in, for example, medical anthropology or health policy.  Specifically, I see a future in focusing on advocacy for the health care of the LGBTQ+ community at home and abroad.  The program I’m currently enrolled in has introduced me to the world of policy and advocacy I only had dreamed of when I was a middle schooler watching Meet the Press over breakfast.  Through the classwork, professors, and connections via the guest speakers—I couldn’t be more sure that this program wasn’t actually a detour, but exactly the course of education I needed.

What is your life motto for overcoming challenges and/or supporting diversity and cultural understanding?

Routinely take a moment to ask yourself if you are doing the most you can to increase minority access to that which you have power over. If you aren’t — it’s time to start.