“There is more than one type of research, you can model it into whatever you are interested in, you just have to go out and search for opportunities and have the motivation to go after them.”
Tim Marquis has known his life’s path since he was thirteen. At the youngest possible age, he started patrolling at Crotched Mountain Ski Resort; he still serves as a member of the volunteer ski patrol today. This experience solidified his passion for helping people through medicine. He remembers assisting a patient with a fractured leg, then going right into helping someone with a minor shoulder injury and believing both patients needed the same level of attention and care. Tim speaks passionately about doctors who are dedicated to patients. He hopes to be a compassionate physician who takes time to get to know patients, one who changes the field of cancer research by finding new treatments to improve patients’ quality of life.
It is this commitment, dedication, and passion that has directed his path at UNH, a place he never thought he would be. He admits, he didn’t want to come here, but after coming to an open house in April of his senior year, he changed his mind. That day, he heard about the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research and met Dr. Stacia Sower, who has been his mentor ever since. They had a conversation about the opportunity to do research in his first year, something he knew other schools didn’t provide. He found everyone to be welcoming and focused on helping students reach their potential. Tim entered UNH as a Biomedical Sciences: Medical and Veterinary Sciences major, determined to make the most out of his four years. By week two of his freshman year he was working in the Sower Laboratory, where he would spend countless hours for the next few years.
The summer after his freshman year, Tim was the recipient of a competitive UNH Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) award to be trained in molecular, biochemical, and neuroendocrinological research. He also received Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) in 2013 and 2014 to continue his research. Tim joined Dr. Sower’s team to study the reproductive neuroendocrinological hormones of the sea lamprey, a basal vertebrate that is over 530 million years old, which serves as a model organism for examining the science behind vertebrate reproduction. This research provides scientists with a foundation for understanding the molecular evolution of hormones and receptors in vertebrates, including humans. Tim is now a co-author on a publication in Frontiers in Neuroscience, a manuscript that is currently in review for General and Comparative Endocrinology, a paper being submitted to the prestigious Nature science journal later this year.
Beyond his research, Tim has been a catalyst in organizing a new resource for students called Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) for Organic Chemistry. He saw the success of the program for General Chemistry and with other PLTL leaders, believed it would help Organic Chemistry students learn this challenging material. Tim now serves as the coordinator for PLTL for Organic Chemistry which has placed over 80 students in small groups that work in a collaborative learning environment. Each week, he reviews the material and develops a lesson plan for his groups. He believes teaching is the best way to understand concepts at a greater level.
Tim, who plays piano and bassoon, credits music to helping him succeed, and believes it has taught him time management. When he arrived at UNH, Tim auditioned for the UNH Symphony Orchestra, where he was placed as the second bassoonist. During his sophomore year, Tim earned the role of principal bassoonist, a role he continues to serve. He immerses himself in the music, finding it rewarding and a great stress reliever from his academics.
Tim is personable, charismatic and a leader in and out of the research laboratory. Tim has managed to complete all of his endeavors, while maintaining a GPA of 3.92. His outstanding academic performance led to his nomination and selection as a UNH Hamel Scholar, which recognizes 50 students who excel in community service, leadership and activities. Through this program he has participated in service projects around the greater Durham area and works on larger University issues. He is one of three UNH students selected as a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipient, a highly competitive national award he received an honorable mention for in 2013.
In his last year at UNH, Tim plans to work in the lab, performing in-situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry to continue his research on the distribution and expression of lamprey pituitary glycoprotein hormones. Tim is the lead researcher on this project, under the direction of his Primary Investigator, Dr. Stacia Sower, and will be the first author on a publication on this topic. He is also a volunteer at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Tim’s passion is Oncology; He wants patients to receive a better quality of care. Tim plans on taking a gap year and doing cancer research at MIT before moving on to medical school.
Tim believes “you get out of it what you put into it.” He is grateful every day that he came to UNH, and for the people who convinced him to attend the open house. Tim now speaks on the student panel for COLSA open houses. He tells potential students there is “more than one type of research, you can model it into whatever you are interested in, you just have to go out and search for opportunities and have the motivation to go after them.”
2013 - 2014 CYOS Honorees: seated Zak Ahmad-Kahloon, Emily Dickman, Nyomi Guzman, Annie Crossman, standing Lauren McCandless, Kathryn Sattora, Timothy Marquis, Sid Nigam, Evan Beals, Peter Wilkinson