BURST Alumni Spotlight

Meet our Alumni Spotlight, Ricka Manglorkar!

1. Year graduated-December 2014

2. What are you doing now?I am a third year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I started my clinical rotations back in August and I am currently in the middle of my surgery clerkship.

3. What are your future/career plans? I am strongly considering emergency medicine and looking forward to my EM elective this spring.

4. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshman)? Medicine is a long journey, but literally one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done is deciding to go to medical school. My biggest advice would be to surround yourself with friends and mentors who support you and make you a better person today than you were yesterday. Your pre-med and medical student years will have its challenges, but you will always be stronger and more capable than you thought you were before this journey started.

5. What is your favorite BURST memory? My favorite BURST memory is taking students on a lab tour and it was special because I did research in that lab for my Honors Program thesis. The reason this memory truly stands out to me is because everyone in the group was so genuinely inquisitive about the research and there was obvious passion to get involved in research themselves.


Meet Mallory Myers! 2015-2016 BURST President & our first BURST Alumni Spotlight

1. Year Graduated - May 2016
2. What are you doing now? I’m in my first year of medical school at the University of Colorado. We’re currently learning about blood, lymphatics, and immunity. I also see patients with a pediatrician twice a month, am a phlebotomist at a free clinic, and serve on Student Senate. It’s not all work though! My classmates and I try to go to the mountains or downtown Denver whenever we can.
3. What are your future/career plans? I have no idea what specialty I want to enter, but I’m really drawn to hospital medicine. I’m planning on shadowing in radiology and possibly internal medicine this spring.
4. What is your favorite BURST memory? My favorite BURST memory is hosting Dr. Bruce Beutler (a Nobel Laureate) at Baylor for a day. Toll-like receptors and tumor necrosis factor are really important topics in medical school, and I can say that I’ve met the guy who helped discover them!
5. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshmen)? Learn how to live a balanced life. Your job as a student is to do well in your classes, but don’t forget to get involved in organizations, pursue your hobbies, eat right, exercise, sleep, and make time for friends and family. It’s definitely not easy – I was pretty bad at it in college, but I’ve done a lot better in medical school. Staying balanced prevents me from getting burned out, and I can actually say that I’m loving life in medical school!


Meet our Alumni Spotlight, Taylor Dess!

1. Year Graduated - May 2015

2. What are you doing now? 
I'm a second year medical student at UT Southwestern. I actually started my clinical years in January, so I am in the hospital now!

3. What are your future/career plans? 
I'm thinking ob/gyn right now because I would like to have a long-term relationship with my patients while also getting to do surgeries and deliver babies.

4. What is your favorite BURST memory?
I really enjoyed going on lab tours with the students in my journal club and getting to hear about each professor’s work. I especially loved seeing how excited the students would get about doing research!

5. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshmen)? 
General advice: take classes outside of the BSB; you may even realize you have a passion for something outside of science/medicine! Regardless, it will be a good experience and you will gain exposure to something new.
For applying to medical school: find a few activities that you are truly passionate about (i.e. volunteering, research, organizations), consistently participate in them throughout your undergrad experience and try to take leadership roles if you can.

 


Meet our Alumni Spotlight, Peter Jiang!

1. Year Graduated - May 2015

2. What are you doing now? I’m currently attending medical school at the University of Florida.

3. What are your future/career plans? I’m currently planning to specialize in dermatology in the future.

4. What is your favorite BURST memory? My favorite BURST memories are of “late night” because it gave us an opportunity to share with incoming freshmen our passion about research and also enjoy each other’s company.

5. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshmen)? My advice for current students is to choose something you are passionate about and continue to pursue it. The light at the end of the tunnel may seem like it is far away but it will be here sooner than you know it. Just continue to pursue new experiences and most importantly ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY! I can’t stress that enough. Take advantage of the time you have now to enjoy your time and enjoy the learning experiences you get.

 


Here's our Alumni Spotlight t - Conner Reynolds!

1. Year Graduated
May 2016

2. What are you doing now?
I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Medical Sciences at UNT Health Science Center, and will start medical school at TCOM in the Fall.

3. What are your future/career plans?
I intend to pursue medical school, with a specialization in pediatric neurology. I want to work with neurodevelopmental disorders in the pediatric population. As a future physician, I also desire to continue pushing the envelope on new early diagnostic technology and treatment strategies for use with these children.

4. What is your favorite BURST memory?
I have many fond memories of BURST--It has been incredible to watch it grow from a simple idea into the proud organization it is today. If I had to pick, my favorite memories were the late nights spent working on the Baylor University Research Assessment Initiative with Tanner Hood & Dean Vardaman. I was intimidated at first, as I had never done a research project like it before, but I learned many new skills and had a lot of fun doing it!

5. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshmen)?
My first piece of advice to current students, especially freshmen, is to get involved on campus. There are a plethora of unique opportunities available to you through the many organizations at Baylor. Whether it be research/clinical experiences, Pre-med organizations, Greek Life, Student Government, Student Foundation, etc.--each new experience will help you to develop talents/abilities that cannot be taught in the classroom. My second piece of advice is, no matter what you are doing, make sure it is something that you love; Something that drives and inspires you every morning. In the midst of the late nights and difficult finals, it is this passion that will keep you going.

 


Here's our Alumni Spotlight - Taylor Kohn, the original founder and first president of BURST!

1. Year Graduated
2013

2. What are you doing now?
After my undergraduate at Baylor, I did a Fulbright in the UK where I did research on Alzheimer’s disease using secondary ion mass spectrometry. I am now in my third year of medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. I do clinical research in male infertility and have published several papers in this field. 

3. What are your future/career plans?
I am planning to apply for residency in Urology this upcoming fall. In the future, I plan to be an academic urologist with a particular focus on male infertility. 

4. What is your favorite BURST memory?
One night, during my junior year of college, I was sitting in my room and was thinking about how Baylor could improve its education of students with regard to research. It was then that I decided to start BURST with the goal of providing a unique student group that encouraged & mentored students who were interested in research and that published an undergraduate journal focused specifically on STEM research. The next day, I told many of my friends (many of whom became founding members) and Rich Sanker, who all agreed that the need was there for a student group focused on research, and who thought that BURST could fill this need. In order to obtain funding for the journal, Dr. Sanker and Dean Vardaman had me pitch the idea at several administrative meetings for the College of Arts & Sciences and to several groups of donors. Probably one of the best memories was the day when Dean Nordt told me that they would be willing to fund the journal, which became Scientia. 

5. What advice do you have for current students (especially freshmen)?
I have always believed that research is something that everyone should at least try - as some will find a passion that they may have never previously considered. Research is a vast world that incorporates many different fields and many different purposes. But in all fields, research is essentially a search for something unknown and the thrill of pursuit & discovery is intoxicating to some. I would give all students, but especially freshman, the advice to try to have at least one experience in research before you graduate just so that you can know whether or not research is for you.