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Victoria Sedwick


Chemistry; Indianapolis, Indiana.

Could you also provide me with a few quotes by answering these questions:


What is your best memory of WSSU?

"My best memory was attending the Annual Biomedical Research Conference (ABRCMS) with the MARC U*Star and RISE NGIMS Program. It was a wonderful experience. I got to see friends I've made over the years from other institutions and the graduate school fair was extremely helpful in my decision for the next step. I also enjoyed volunteering at the organic garden down the street."


What do you love about WSSU?

"The faculty and administrators are VERY welcoming. They've provided meals for me, transportation to the airport, taken me to their church and even invited me in to their homes. They really look out for my well-being. I don't have any family nearby so its is wonderful to find so many people that are willing to make sure that I am okay. The same goes for students. WSSU truly fosters a familial environment."


What do you plan on doing after you graduate?

"I expect to start my biomedical sciences PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. I currently have plans to pursue neuroscience however, I am open to whatever presents the most interest during my rotations.


How has WSSU prepared you for the future?

"As a member of WSSU's RISE program, it is expected that we have something lined up post graduation therefore, they are more than accommodating for such preparation. They funded me and several other senior for Kaplan GRE prep, they granted us half off vouchers (we'd only pay $100 instead of the $200), and they wrote AMAZING recommendation letters for each school that I applied. They also guided me in writing my personal statement. In addition to my program, my amazing mentor Dr. Kanu did they same. He also nominated me for several awards that I didn't even know existed, incorporated me into his international Chemist without Borders Sierra Leone Project and facilitated three publications. He would drill me every poster presentation and made sure I was able to explain everything in the simplest way possible (which is not easy) so that any and everyone could understand. Because of his mentoring, I won a poster award at ABRCMS and I also received an honorary second place award through MARC/RISE for Scholarship Day. Presentations are VERY important in graduate school because it is necessary to be able to relay your research. As a transfer student, I don't think I would have found that type of support and encouragement anywhere else.


How has WSSU made a difference in your life?

"I came to WSSU as a transfer student. I walked away from a full scholarship and WSSU offered to support me for the remainder of my degree (shout out to the admissions department!). It provided a healthy environment to continue my education, conduct research and continue to explore my musical interests."

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