2016 Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship Recipients

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As part of the application process for the 2016 DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship program, applicants were asked to respond to a topic of their choice. Here are some highlights of the responses we received from our awardees:

Topic 1: In your opinion, how do we keep smart, career-minded students who are from, or currently living in the DC/MD/VA to stay in the area?

Topic 2: If you were given an unlimited amount of money to spend freely as you choose to improve any industry or problem/challenge that currently exists within a STEM field, what would it be, and why?

To learn more about our 2016 scholarship recipients, click on their name and/or picture!


Noor Shakfeh

“I would invest it in increasing networking and mentorship opportunities for undergraduate students in microbiology and establishing programs that foster interdisciplinary collaboration between microbiology and non-science majors.” –M.S. Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy Candidate, May 2017

Evans Love

“Washington’s continued growth rests with its synergistic commitment to strengthen formal and informal networking channels fundamental to meeting professionals’ advanced education needs.” –M.S. Biotechnology Candidate, May 2017

Michael Lindberg

“There are three core incentives that will make a person want to stay in the DMV: an opportunity to continue their education, the ability to find a job after graduation, and tuition relief.” –M.S. Physiology, Special Master’s Program, May 2017

Max Li

“Diverse job markets, ideas, culinary styles all provide a catalyst in keeping the DMV as a haven for intelligent, ambitious people.” –M.S. Biotechnology Candidate, May 2017

Hager Koraym

“I would implement a tetravalent plan to tackle antibiotic resistance to ensure the future of healing and infectious disease control.” –M.S. Pharmacology Candidate, May 2017

Lindsay Grasso

“The introduction of an engaging and interactive scientific environment during primary and secondary education will drastically increase the number of students excited to pursue the STEM field of education. I vow to contribute my never-ending supply of money towards the funding and expansion of the ‘Children’s Science Center Lab’ throughout these schools.” –M.S. Physiology Candidate, May 2017

Ashley Geleta

“I would allocate more government grant money to researchers and laboratories of all specialties, ultimately increasing both the number of grants available and the amount of each award.” –M.S. Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases Candidate, May 2017

William Furlow

“If unlimited monetary resources were available, then educational reforms should begin by making sure that a rigorous vetting process is in place for talented teachers. We would also need to create opportunities for those teachers so that we can retain talent. Additionally we should use free-market principles to improve teacher quality and pay.” –M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Candidate, May 2017

Emily Ayuso

“I propose that the unlimited funds be used to curtail the alarming number of classes taught online at large state universities…and to create a mentorship program for students to obtain concrete experiences in the real world and forge relationships with professionals of their chosen field.” –M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Candidate, May 2017

Mai Abdel-Ghani

“Effective mentorship in the DMV area kept me from leaving it. As a result, I have chosen to remain in the DMV area with hopes of thriving as I begin my Master’s of Science at Georgetown University.” –M.S. Pharmacology Candidate, May 2017

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