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EC Scholars - Class of 2015

Ryan Baucom

Hometown/State: Marshville, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Belk Special Funds

Major/Intended Major: BS Biochemistry/BS Chemistry

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

I chose to attend East Carolina University because of the unique opportunities that I knew I would have through the Honors College and EC Scholars program. I was interested in another university in the North Carolina system, but the East Carolina Honors College offered me many more benefits. I don't feel as if I am just a number here and I feel that I will receive a higher quality of education.  It seems like I am attending a small college, while being able to have the large university experience. Before I was aware I had received the scholarship, the tuition scholarship through the Honors College also played a large role in my decision to attend this university.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship has enabled me to focus less on how I am going to pay for my undergraduate education and be able to afford medical school in four years. It has also enabled me to become a part of a group of students who are all academically driven and motivated to help those around them. I have had opportunities to meet people that I would have never received had I not gotten this scholarship.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university? 

During my undergraduate career, I have participated in research in the chemistry department.  This has provided me with an invaluable experience and hands on education pertaining to my major. There are many skills that I have acquied in the laboratory that would not have been learned through a lecture setting only.  I hope to continue this research and apply it to my senior honors thesis in the future.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university? 

I have participated in various leadership oppurtunities throughout my tenure here at ECU.  From repretenting the EC Scholars Program at the National Scholars Summit to organizing service projects for my classmates, I have learned a lot about leaderhship.  I have also been able to participate in leadership seminars and colloquia as a part of my Honors College education.  Next semester, I will be able to experience a leadership internship through the EC Scholars Program.  I will be involved with a local nonprofit organization to provide service and possibly offer improvement to current practices. Hopefully this experience will provide me with an even greater understanding of leadership.

What are your career plans/aspirations? 

I plan to attend Medical School after my undergraduate work and pursue a career in the medical field as a physician. I decided I wanted to become a doctor when I was in the seventh grade and have been preparing for that career since then. I have shadowed many health professionals including family physicians and surgeons and I am sure that this is the career path that I want to follow.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

I have volunteered as an EMT with Winterville EMS, tutured through the Pirate Tutoring Center, and participated in various service projects through the Honors College.  As a volunteer EMT, I was able to gain clinical experience in the field that I plan to go into, while serving the local community.  The Pirate Tutoring Center allows me to help students on campus to better understand general chemistry. I hope to continue to serve the Greenville community and become more involved with local non profit organizations in the future.

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