Hitting the Ground Running
Summer 'boot camp' and early lab experience give Meyerhoff scholars a head start on the road to research.

The Meyerhoffs (bottom right) with UMBC President and Mrs. Hrabowski, III, and Meyerhoff graduates.

At the age of 22, Isaac Kinde knew that he wanted to be a doctor when he accepted a Meyerhoff scholarship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "I hadn't thought about doing research at all before I came to UMBC," says Kinde, the son of Ethiopian immigrants who grew up in southern California. But like many other students in the program, he joined Michael Summer's lab the very first summer after freshman year.

"I loved it, I didn't stop," says Kinde, who graduated this year with a degree in biology and is now enrolled in the MD/PhD program at nearby Johns Hopkins University.

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