Students Chosen For
Summer Education Programs
Four Merced College
students have been chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate
in number of prestigious summer premedical programs. Of the thousands
of applications submitted, Merced College students were selected to fill
five of 40 slots available at these three outstanding universities.
Paul Cordova and Luisa Valenzuela were selected to attend the Stanford
University School of Medicine Summer Premedical Student Program. Tyson
Schmidthuber was chosen to attend the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
summer program. Amarinder Singh and Luisa Valenzuela were both selected
for the summer premedical program at the University of Utah.
The Stanford program, for example, brings together 20 educationally and/or
economically disadvantaged undergraduates from across the country to Stanford.
The program provides a background in cellular biology, human anatomy,
basic research skills, and experiences in clinical medicine. Students
participate in seminars on minority health care issues, test-taking skills
and MCAT preparation, and effective writing and research skills. Other
workshops cover the medical school admissions process and provide help
in developing portfolios, obtaining letters of recommendation, writing
a compelling personal statement, interviewing, exploring financial aid
options, and selecting the right medical school.
“This is a great tribute to these students and to our faculty and
staff who prepare them for their future medical careers,” said Merced
College President Dr. Benjamin Duran.