Previously Highlighted Alumni
Profiled April 2013
Jessica attended SMDEP at Columbia University in 2010. She
graduated from Georgia State University in May 2012 with a
bachelor of science in biology and a minor in chemistry. While
at GSU, Jessica took a leadership role as an officer in a
pre-dental club where she coordinated all dental-related events
for its members. Jessica's most rewarding experience during
undergrad was when she traveled to Nicaragua on a medical
mission trip and provided free dental care and education to
an undeserved community.
Following graduation from GSU, Jessica worked as a dental
assistant. Jessica honed her mentoring skills when she was
invited to speak at Princeton University's Young Women Conference,
where she informed middle and high school students about dentistry
and encouraged them to pursue careers in the sciences.
Jessica is currently working with children until she begins
dental school. She was accepted to four dental programs and
will be attending Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry
in the fall. Participating in SMDEP solidified Jessica's decision
to pursue dentistry as a career.
Profiled February 2013
James attended SMDEP at the University of Washington in 2006,
and graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a degree
in human biology.
In fall 2010, James began medical school at Case Western Reserve
University School of Medicine. During the summer of 2011,
the University of California, Los Angeles, hired him as an
RA/TA for their Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
site. While at UCLA, James also participated in the Health
Disparities Summer Program as a Research Fellow. In this position,
he researched the impact of the work environment on the mental
health of Latina domestic workers.
Today, James is a 3rd year medical student. After completing
medical school, he plans to pursue a career in clinical medicine
while developing the skills to investigate and address health
disparities in medicine.
Profiled January 2013
Kemi attended MMEP at Duke University in 2001. She graduated
from Johns Hopkins University with a major in Neuroscience
and a minor in French. After graduating, she went to work
at the National Cancer Institute as a post-baccalaureate research
After completing her fellowship, Kemi started medical school
at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Her experiences while there include summer research in Ecuador,
community service in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,
and case presentation at a pediatric surgery conference in
Nova Scotia, Canada.
Profiled November 2012
Jennifer attended SMDEP at the University of Virginia in
2008. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011,
with a degree in human biology.
As an undergraduate, Jennifer conducted independent research
and volunteered with student organizations such as the UVA
Honor Committee and the Charlottesville Free Clinic. She also
attended the Harvard-MIT HST Summer Institute in 2009, and
the Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health
at Harvard School of Public Health in 2010.
After a year-long postbaccalaureate fellowship at the National
Institutes of Health, Jennifer is a first year medical student
at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Profiled September 2012
Eric attended SMDEP at the University of California, Los
Angeles in 2008. He graduated in 2012 from the University
of California, Riverside with a bachelor of science degree
As an active undergraduate at UCR, Eric served as a peer mentor
for three years in both the Medical
Scholars Program and the Health
Professions Advising Center, mentoring his fellow peers
about a career in dentistry. He also served as co-president
of UCR's Future Dentist Club and was the UCR liaison to "Give
Kids a Smile," a nationwide annual event that provides free
dental care and education to underserved children.
Eric spent two summers participating in UCLA's SMDEP and PREP
enrichment programs learning about health disparities and
a career in dentistry. These programs strengthened his desire
to pursue dentistry as a career and equipped him with knowledge
to share with his peers. One of his most rewarding experiences
as an undergraduate was participating in a medical and dental
mission trip to underserved areas of Nicaragua, setting up
clinics, and providing access to dental care.
Eric was accepted to six dental schools and chose to pursue
his dental degree at the University of California, San Francisco,
where he was awarded with the prestigious Osgood Scholarship
for academic achievement.
Profiled August 2012
Marieme attended SMDEP at the University of Virginia in 2010.
She recently graduated from Yale University, where she majored
in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.
While at Yale, Marieme sprinted for the women's track team,
and worked as a recruitment coordinator and senior presenter
at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She was also a
French tutor at the Yale Center for Language Study.
Marieme was also an editor for the Yale Journal of Public
Health, a peer counselor and Web site manager for Walden
Peer Counseling, and director of communications for the
Awareness & Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY).
Marieme is now preparing for medical school at The University
of Tennessee, College of Medicine.
Profiled July 2012
Paul attended SMDEP at Columbia University in 2009. He graduated
from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a major
in microbiology and he will be completing a master's degree
at Boston University School of Medicine this year.
As an undergraduate, Paul was the president and captain of
the men's volleyball club, a two-year teaching assistant,
and started a club on campus for students interested in neurology.
He also got involved with research projects in microbial genetics
and plasma physics.
Paul is working at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical
School researching chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular
disease. He plans to apply to medical school next year and
hopes to pursue a medical career in academia and becoming
a vascular, cardiothoracic, or transplant surgeon. In the
future, Paul wishes to be able to utilize any gains or prestige
received in becoming a doctor to help the less fortunate.
Profiled May 2012
Wenting attended SMDEP at the University of Texas, Houston
in 2008. After attending SMDEP, she transferred to the University
of California, Berkeley with an interest in public health.
During her senior year, Wenting decided to pursue a career
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in public
health and integrative biology, Wenting worked as a researcher
Research for Action at UC Berkeley. Her most memorable
experience working in public health was as an internal coordinator
for the Vietnam
Tooth Project, which is a student driven initiative to
improve the oral health of children in Vietnam. Health Research
for Action at UC Berkeley is one of the project's sponsors.
Today, Wenting is a first year dental student at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. During her summer
break, Wenting will be educating and mentoring high school
students at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.
Profiled April 2012
Alicia attended the Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP)
in 2004 at Duke University prior to the program name change
in 2006 to the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
In addition to attending SMEP, Alicia attended a summer internship
program at Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also worked
as a volunteer for the Black Educational AIDS Project in Baltimore.
Displaced by hurricane Katrina, Alicia attended Amherst College
and was one out of seven students who received an honorary
degree in 2006. Alicia has since graduated cum laude from
Stanbridge College with a certification in vocational nursing
and is now a licensed vocational nurse.
Alicia is completing her bachelor's degree at Xavier University
of Louisiana. She is seeking employment in an acute care or
hospital setting. Alicia's ultimate goal is to become a family
practitioner, but currently she is focusing on a career in
Profiled February 2012
Vanessa attended SMDEP at the University of Washington in
After completing SMDEP, Vanessa attended the Summer
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at Kansas State
University in 2009. She is a second-year medical student at
the University of Washington School of Medicine. Vanessa is
a part of the Targeted
Rural/Underserved Track (TRUST) program, which connects
Montana and Washington residents with a rural mentor and a
clinical site in their home state. She is also a National
Health Service Corps scholar.
In the future, Vanessa hopes to complete a residency in family
practice and practice in rural Montana. In her spare time,
she enjoys volunteering, reading, traveling, hiking, and cooking.