Life Sciences students

Janel Gordon

WSSU STEM Scholar Receives Scholarship to Attend University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Janel Gordon
Ms. Janel Gordon

Janel F. Gordon, a senior biology major and Chancellor's STEM Scholar, has been awarded a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Louisville School of Medicine, beginning fall 2009. Gordon, who hopes to become an anesthesiologist, graduated with honors from Lawrence North High School in her hometown of Indianapolis, IN. She then came to WSSU as a Chancellor's STEM Scholar.

"The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine has been challenging, but the faculty and staff here at WSSU have continually encouraged me along the way," said Gordon. While at WSSU, she has volunteered in numerous capacities at agencies such as the Ronald McDonald House, Brenner Children's Hospital at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and the Sara Lee Center for Women's Health. She has been afforded the opportunity to participate in and hold leadership positions in several organizations, including the Ralph Bunche Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She also participated in rigorous summer programs, conducted medical research at M.I.T. and studied in Spain. Dr. Donna Durham Pierre, WSSU Life Sciences Department chair, said of Gordon,"I have been impressed with Janel's dedication, fortitude, and her eagerness to learn. She serves as an excellent role model for students. We are extremely proud of Janel's achievements, particularly her acceptance to the University of Louisville School of Medicine."

In the tradition of WSSU's motto, Gordon plans to depart to serve her community and has made it her mission to improve health care for underprivileged populations around the globe. She encourages all students to believe in themselves even when one no else does. Gordon said, "WSSU has definitely taught me to imagine the possibilities!"

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