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AARON MORRIS ‘19


 
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Mr. Morris studies Biology and Public Health and hails from Charlotte, NC, where he attended Providence High School.

Why did you initially choose to attend Morehouse?

After initially being hesitant to attend Morehouse, I chose to attend Morehouse due to a powerful dream I had one night that compelled me to enroll at Morehouse.

What has kept you at Morehouse?

Morehouse has provided me a group of individuals that I could not find at any other place in the world. As my time at Morehouse comes to an end, I expect to be in connection with some of the brightest and most innovative individuals in their respective fields. The village that I have created at Morehouse motivates me to keep moving forward and become great in my own right.

Why did you choose to study Biology and Public Health?

I chose to study biology in order to have the best grasp on the medical sciences that I could obtain at Morehouse. My love of science and passion for communicating with individuals in need as maintained my interest in medicine. My interest in public health develops from my desire to help medically under-served communities that are predominately communities of color. Through public health, I have learned techniques that if applied on a wide-scale could help lessen the cost of many within these medically under-served communities.

Outside of Biology and Public Health, what have you spent time learning about?

I have spent much of my time spent involved in research endeavors on and off campus. Under the guidance of Dr. Hendrickson and Dr. Handy, I have spent time doing prostate cancer research.

More about Health Career Society and Insight Initiative:

The two campus organizations that I am most heavily involved in are Health Career Society and Insight Initiative. As president of Health Career Society, I have been able to act as a mentor towards many who strive to enter a health profession. This role allows me to help bring medical schools as well as other health professional schools onto campus in order to engage with students.

As a member of the Insight Initiative, I have had the opportunity to work with students at Dunbar Elementary in the Mechanicsville area of Atlanta. As a group, we develop lesson plans, as well as help, improve overall morale at the school. In addition, I have built close relationships with several of the students by going to visit the school on a weekly basis.

More about Aaron’s research at Case Western Reserve:

The achievement that I am most proud of is my hypertension research at Case Western Reserve University. This research did not earn me any awards but taught me a lesson in failure. This research program presented a unique dilemma. I could not throw myself into work because my continual failure at work was causing my sadness. Reaching out to friends and family for help, my inner circle provided perspectives on steps to better myself. I started to find productive activities that I enjoyed while not in the lab such as basketball and art museums. I took my experience in the lab as an opportunity to mature and learn the value of being meticulous. Many of my mistakes such as faulty techniques during imaging or the sample preparations demonstrated my lack of preparation. The stress-relieving activities I engaged in alongside learning the importance of small details brought me peace.

At the end of the journey, I was able to get the experiment to work and use this research to present at several research conferences but that is not the most important accomplishment of my summer research. I learned to find enjoyment from things other than workplace success. Additionally, I learned that failure forces growth. Without my failure in the lab, I would have never been able to make the strides as a person that I did. Before the program, I attributed failure as something that was indicative of personal character. After the program, I realized that failure is just an opportunity to improve. The life lessons that I learned from this experience have carried me through the rest of my undergraduate experience. I understand that in my future medical career as well as in medical school that I will face many more failures. I’ll be able to apply these lessons to overcome the difficulties that I’ll face in the future.

Research

  • Public Health Research at Case Western Reserve University

  • Hypertension Research at Case Western Reserve University

  • Prostate Cancer Research at Morehouse College

Graduate School Acceptances

  • University of North Carolina - M.D. program

  • Case Western Reserve University - M.D program

  • Howard University - M.D. program

  • East Carolina University - M.D. program

Scholarships

  • Dr. Cheryl Franklin Scholarship

  • Hugh M. and Yvonne Gloster Prize in Medicine

Academic Greek Organizations

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Alpha Lambda Delta

  • Phi Delta Epsilon

  • Beta Kappa Chi

Professional Programs

  • Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) - Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

  • Medical Education Program - University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Finished top 5 out of 92 students)

Presentations

  • Presented at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

  • Presented research at Mount Sinai Undergraduate Research Symposium

Post-Graduation Plan

  • Attending University of North Carolina School of Medicine