Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shaidy Moronta at summer PARAdiGM program

Shaidy Moronta
Shaidy Moronta is participating this summer in PARAdiGM, short for PrepARAtion for Graduate and Medical Education Program, this summer at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. She also participated in the program last summer. Shaidy is pursuing  a major in biology, pre-medical sciences option and minors in chemistry and digital rhetoric and professional writing. As part of PARAdiGM, Shaidy is conducting research in the genetics and biochemistry department, a continuation of her research last summer, that involves engineering a lentiviral vector for a gene therapy project aimed at curing a humanized mouse model of beta thalassemia major. Shaidy also has had the opportunity to shadow a renal transplant surgeon and a plastic surgeon and to prepare for the MCAT exam. Shaidy will present her research conducted in the PARAdiGM program at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. 

On campus, Shaidy is president of the Student Organization of Latinos, the treasurer of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sororoty, co-captain of Odyssey of the Mind, and a SHARE tutor. She has been inducted into Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Shaidy has received the Dr. Stephen Schell Scholarship, the Biology and Allied Health Scholarship, the Matthew and Ellen Gray Scholarship, and the the Board of Governors Scholarship. She has participated in JanPlan at Geisinger Medical Center, shadowed and volunteered at Hazleton General Hospital, and participated in the Summer Medical Dental Education Program at Columbia University. Shaidy is a dean's list student and has achieved level 2 in the Social Justice Track of the Center for Leadership & Engagement Training.  She plans to attend medical school.