Rebecca Massey, a sophomore biology major from Birmingham, plans to pair undergraduate student mentors from UAB with underprivileged high school students from Birmingham City Schools. The Pre-Med Partners program will offer monthly workshops on topics such as resume building and study skills.
“When I came to UAB as a pre-med student and a part of the Science and Technology Honors Program, I remember feeling overwhelmed,” Massey said. “I met many wonderful students who had extensive shadowing or research experience in high school, and as someone who grew up with no family members or friends in the medical field, I felt I was behind. I decided that, if I felt this unprepared, how must students with real disadvantages feel when they come to college? I created Pre-Med Partners with the goal of mentoring underprivileged students in order to make the transition from high school into college pre-med programs easier for them.”