Notre Dame College Science Majors Selected for Medical Scholars Research Program

Two Notre Dame College students have joined a growing list of nationally recognized premed scholars named to a prominent Northeast Ohio clinical research program.  

Senior Katie Karalic and junior Jessica Stout, both of whom are earning double majors in chemistry and biology at the College, were named to the 2018 cohort of Edward M. Chester, M.D., Summer Scholars at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The program awards 15 collegiate undergraduate students the opportunity to spend 10 weeks in clinical laboratory research settings working with medical mentors at MetroHealth, which is Cuyahoga County’s public health system.

The Notre Dame students gained first-hand experience and explored various careers in medical research and academic medicine over the summer working with clinicians in different departments on medical-based research projects.

Stout was assigned to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and her study was on “Neonatal Anthropometrics in the Newborn Nursery.” Karalic worked with the Department of Neonatology. Her research looked at “How Antibiotic Combination of Vancomycin and Piperacillin-Tazobactam Caused Acute Kidney Injury in Extremely Low-Birthweight Infants.” 

At the end of the intense, active learning experience, the students were required to prepare a project report for presentation. Many undergraduate scholars have been published as a result of research completed during the program.

Stout and Karalic also have been involved in co-curricular undergraduate research projects with faculty at Notre Dame. They are both Honors Scholars at the College and student-athletes on the women's basketball team and plan to attend medical school following graduation from Notre Dame.

In addition to their research projects as Chester Scholars, the Notre Dame students were granted the opportunity to observe surgery, childbirth and emergency room operations over the summer at MetroHealth. The nationally ranked medical center features a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and is one of two verified adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio.

Established in 1981, the Chester Summer Scholars Program has become nationally recognized with students from more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States having participated. The majority of scholars attend medical school and many have secured nationally recognized careers in science and health education and research.

November 2018

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