Timothy Marquis, UHP Class of 2015

Timothy Marquis, Class of 2015

Timothy Marquis, UHP 2015, is a Nashua native majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on Medical/Veterinary Sciences. During his time in the UHP, Tim has received several awards, conducted a number of research projects, and performed with the UNH Symphony Orchestra. Below, Tim speaks about his experiences in the Honors Program and offers a few words of advice for his fellow students.

From a young age, I have had a strong interest in mathematics and sciences, enjoying the intellectual stimulation that these subjects provide. However, it wasn’t until I became a certified Outdoor Emergency Care Technician with the National Ski Patrol that I realized I wanted to go to medical school. I plan on completing a fellowship in oncology, and am deciding on a subspecialty. I chose the Biomedical Sciences major with the Medical/Veterinary Sciences option because, coupled with my interest in the sciences, the requirements for this major conveniently parallel those required for admission into medical school.

Why did you choose UNH?

It was enticing for several reasons: First, the University Honors Program offers small, intimate class sizes, allowing for greater intellectual growth. Second, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research offers students a head-start on their research aspirations. The Research Experience and Apprenticeship Award (REAP), which I received in 2011, is an excellent opportunity for Honors Students to conduct summer research projects. Finally, UNH is a great community, the students and atmosphere on campus are so welcoming! One of my most notable memories as an Honors student was taking general biology (BIOL 411) with Dr. Dave Townson. It was a wonderful experience, and this class, in particular, strengthened my interest in medicine. It was a phenomenal start to my time here at UNH.

What are some of the experiences that have set you apart at UNH?

As an Honors student, I was invited into the Hamel Scholars Program, a leadership program designed to provide scholars with unique academic and community opportunities. In 2013, I was inducted into the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society. I am also a general chemistry (I and II) Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) Leader; I lead an assigned group of students through weekly collaborative workshop sessions. Lastly, I have been in the UNH Symphony Orchestra since my freshman year. I am currently the principal bassoonist of the ensemble. Music has always been a passion of mine, as it is for many Honors students, and it serves as a wonderful release from my science courses and stress in general.

During the summer of 2012, I had an amazing opportunity to participate in an internship/job shadow at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. I had met the hospital CEO, Anne Jamieson, through my U.S. Healthcare Systems course last year.

As a freshman, I began working in Dr. Stacia Sower’s molecular and biochemical endocrinology and neuroendocrinology research laboratory. That year, I received my REAP award to support my summer research project, the focus of which was exploring techniques in molecular, biochemical, and neuroendocrinological studies of brain and pituitary hormones in fish, specifically the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus. As a sophomore, I received the 2013 Undergraduate Research Award (URA), to continue my research on sea lampreys. I have had the honor of being a coauthor on two scientific papers. I am currently researching the neuropeptide kisspeptin and its receptor in lampreys, as my honors thesis project.

How has the UHP shaped your career trajectory?

The UHP has prepared me extremely well for my medical school trajectory, providing me with top-notch courses taught by the best professors the University has to offer. Are the honors courses harder? – Yes, most definitely – but you get so much more out of them because they stimulate higher-level cognitive thinking and encourage intellectual development. I have taken as many honors courses as possible in the efforts of getting the most out of my education as possible.

Any advice for current or incoming students?

Yes! Be proactive. Take initiative. This is your education. Take advantage of the endless number of phenomenal opportunities that UNH and the Honors Program have to offer, whether it is internships, music, research or much more. Get to know your professors and get involved!

 


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