While pursuing his studies, Boserup, who was named Most Outstanding Biology Major, was able to gain experience by working in the lab as a teaching assistant in general chemistry and organic chemistry. Following graduation, he is continuing to work on a research project at USF Tampa’s Morsani College of Medicine on an ultrastructural study of the stinging cells in the Portuguese Man of War jellyfish that may provide benefits to those suffering hearing loss. In the process, he also is earning a certificate in electron microscopy. “It is a great experiential opportunity to hone my research skills. In general I feel my education at
USF prepared me extremely well to take the MCAT exams for medical school and for my first year of classes,” he said. “A lot of high school students think they have to go away to school to get the true college experience, but at larger universities you literally are just one person of 300 in a classroom. The opportunities available at USFSM exceed many larger universities because of the low student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and the personal attention you get from the faculty. If you want to go on to graduate school or into research and need a letter of reference, the faculty can give you one because they know you.” With critical physician shortages and difficulty finding quality candidates in other medical professions, having the ability to educate healthcare professionals locally, and retain them following graduation, is critical to meeting the needs of a growing and aging population. Dr. Anila Jain is a physician and medical consultant who is a USF alumna and currently serves on the USFSM campus board. Jain also has been involved with the campus in a variety of ways for more than 30 years and has served USF system-wide as former President of the USF National Alumni Association and Chair of the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program. One of her most rewarding endeavors is mentoring students who are interested in entering medical, dental or pharmacy schools. “Having
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