Spotlight Student: Emmanuel Fordjour

“Mind-shattering.”  Few college juniors use that – nor would – use that word to describe their experiences in three short years.

For one student, however, that is the exact word used to shortly describe all of the recognition and opportunities he has accumulated over the span of just three years.

Spotlight Student Emmanuel Fordjour goes to The University of Texas at
Arlington where he anticipates pursuing both a MD and a PhD in graduate school in microbiology, infectious diseases, or immunology, or pathology and mechanisms of disease.

Summer “vacation” takes on a whole new meaning for Fordiour as his summer is already
filled to the brim.  He has been invited to the United Kingdom C. difficile Reference Laboratory at the University of Leeds to conduct research.  Additionally, he will present his ongoing research project at the 114th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) in Boston, MA.

Post summer, he intends on applying to 1-year post-baccalaureate research programs at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with plans to enroll in an MD/PhD program either Summer or Fall of 2016.

A “mind-shattering” STEM career indeed.  So what is his advice to senior undergraduate STEM students?  "Carefully think about the next step after college and plan ahead. Do not
be afraid to go out there and achieve your dreams. Refuse to be bound by the limitations of your environment."

…And Emmanuel Fordjour has seemed to have done just that.

Photo of Emmanuel Fordjour is courtesy of University of Texas Arlington.

Article courtesy of Jessica Sauer.

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