Shi, an Honors Faculty and pre-med pupil at UAB, has been acknowledged by the President of the USA as a 2022 Presidential Scholar.
College of Alabama at Birmingham freshman James Shi of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, a graduate of the Alabama College of Positive Arts, has been named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar in its 58th class, an achievement directed by Presidential Govt Order.
With solely 161 college students acknowledged of greater than 5,000 qualifying candidates – one man and one lady from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. households dwelling overseas are chosen as students by the White Home Fee on Presidential Students. Students are primarily based on their educational success, creative and technical excellence, essays, faculty evaluations and transcripts, in addition to a demonstrated dedication to group service and management.
“It was actually thrilling to be named Alabama’s solely male Presidential Scholar,” Shi mentioned. “It’s an incredible honor and one thing that I’m proud to hold.”
An completed pupil in highschool and concerned in his group – features that Shi attributes to his naming as Alabama’s lone male Presidential Scholar – Shi joins UAB as an Honors Faculty pupil with a neuroscience main and a chemistry minor within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
“Being named a Presidential Scholar is very aggressive and a testomony to James’ character as one among solely three acknowledged college students from Alabama,” Pam Benoit, Ph.D., UAB senior vp for Tutorial Affairs and provost. “His recognition as a Presidential Scholar exemplifies the caliber of pupil and group steward that he’s, and we’re happy that he has chosen to finish his educational profession right here at UAB.”
As well as, Shi is a part of UAB’s Early Medical College Acceptance Program, with hopes of attending the UAB Marnix E. Heersink College of Drugs to grow to be a neurooncologist sooner or later. He has immersed himself in fundamental analysis working in Rui Zhao’s, Ph.D., laboratory within the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, in addition to presently with Ryan Miller, M.D., Ph.D., in his laboratory within the Division of Neuropathology within the Division of Pathology.
“My curiosity in drugs – most cancers, particularly – stems from childhood; I had a buddy move away from a mind tumor and it impressed me to enter neuroscience,” Shi mentioned. “I’ve carried out analysis and labored in labs right here at UAB already with , which has actually affirmed my curiosity within the neuro-oncology house. Being at UAB and having such shut proximity to the medical campus was engaging to me, and I’m excited in regards to the alternatives forward of me as I proceed my coursework and collegiate expertise as a Blazer.”