Laying the Foundation for a Successful Career with Kelly

Segment #13 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Next we have Kelly, who’s in her second year of the physician scientist program. RPI’s program with Albany Medical College will allow Kelly to get her MD in only seven years. She is already taking part in research too. In her free time, she’s exploring all the region has to offer with her new friends. Tell us more, Kelly.

– Thanks, Alex. Hey everyone. From the moment I visited my dad’s pharmaceutical lab on Take Your Kids to Work Day, I knew I loved science. I furthered that passion throughout high school and even worked in an organic chemistry lab. So when it was time to apply, I realized RPI had the perfect opportunity for me, the Physician Scientist Program. Through this program, I have the opportunity to earn a BS in biology from RPI as well as a medical degree from Albany Medical College, all within seven years. But besides the competitive programs RPI offers, I love the way I’ve been able to make connections here. From meeting friends in the dorm halls to becoming an Alpha Gamma Delta sister and even joining RPI’s Bhangra Dance Team, I found community all throughout campus. And there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy around the area. There’s Saturdays at the Troy Farmer’s Market, enjoying day trips at nearby lakes, or even New York City. Research is also a foundational part of the academic experience for undergraduate students here at RPI. By your second semester, you have the opportunity to partake in cutting edge research right here in labs like Walker or the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, CBIS for short. That building is home to accomplished faculty researchers who are contributing to fundamental and translational research, tackling the most pressing healthcare and biotechnology challenges. CBIS is also a cross-disciplinary center that encourages interweaving ideas from engineering, computation, architecture, business, and even the humanities. There’s truly an opportunity for everyone. My experience at RPI has gone above and beyond my expectations. In my first year alone, I’ve taken steps with my career as an aspiring physician, all while having fun and making new friends. And I look forward to the amazing academic, research, and social opportunities that RPI offers. That’s my story. Back to you, Alex.

– Wow, sounds like Kelly found just the right fit in RPI. It’s amazing how much she has already experienced, and she’s only a sophomore. Thank you for sharing your story, Kelly. Take care.

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