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Biochemistry Major to Represent Rowan at SURE

Biochemistry student, Lydia Hanna, will represent Rowan in the Summer Research Experience (SURE) program this July, sponsored by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM). SURE offers students from across the country a paid 10-week summer research internship to acquire the basic skills needed to contribute to research at SOM.  

"It's an honor to represent Rowan at SOM, especially during the July transition period," said Hanna, referring to the merger of Rowan and SOM on July 1. "I'm also excited to be at the forefront of Rowan's academic expansion and am grateful for this opportunity."

Hanna will work under the guidance of Dr. Salvatore Caradonna, professor and chair of GSBS's molecular biology department at SOM.  "I will have the opportunity to learn new concepts and techniques that I would not normally be exposed to during my undergraduate years," Hanna stated. "And I intend to make the most of my time at SOM and gain a deeper understanding of what scientific research entails."

Hanna, a sophomore currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA, is president of Rowan Students for Community Outreach, a volunteer program she founded in 2012.  A volunteer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Hanna also participates in the Academic Associate Program at Cooper University Hospital where she assists in conducting four medical research studies in the emergency room.

The SURE program plans to recruit more talented undergraduate students from the Rowan community in the future. With the University now having two medical schools, Rowan students will have opportunities in the field of biomedical sciences unlike those at other universities. 


Biochemistry major Lydia Hanna with Dr. Caradonna at 2013 STEM Symposium.
Biochemistry major Lydia Hanna with Dr. Caradonna at 2013 STEM Symposium.