A 2013 Utica Community Schools graduate has been selected for a prestigious international fellowship will fund an accelerated doctoral program in neuroscience.
Mario Shammas, a Henry Ford II valedictorian, has earned the National Institutes Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Fellowship.
A 2017 graduate of the University of Michigan, NIH OxCam Fellowship will allow Shammas to pursue his PhD in Neuroscience at Oxford and MD at the University of Chicago.
He will receive full funding and professional mentoring from researchers at the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge.
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers.
The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests.
Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.
At Henry Ford II, Shammas was in the National Honor Society, secretary of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a member of the school’s Freshman Mentor Club, and was involved in the youth group at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
He graduated with a 4.21 grade point average. His honors’ list included Ibdaa International School Honour Roll, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, and Henry Ford II Honor Roll.
He graduated this year from the University of Michigan, where he was one of the school’s nominees for the Rhodes Scholarship.