Some of you may know that John won the Seymour Fisher Award for Excellence in Neuroscience. Although he was notified of the award a few months ago, he received the official award this past Monday at the White Coat Ceremony and Award Program for Medical Students. Basically, he was given the reward because he wrote a paper about a research project he did in the summer. He tied for first with graduating medical students. He received some cash, had to give a presentation for faculty, and this certificate. Here he is given the award by dean Dr. Thomas. I am so proud of him. It was really fun to go back to the same ceremony that started his medical school career last year and to see him get an award. I remember wondering back then how the next year was going to go. He has been far more successful than we ever expected.
Still, the rigors of medical school is starting to take its toll. John does not enjoy all the time he has to spend studying. He is getting burned out on school, and I can see that he would much rather be in the lab. Also, he continues to take on additional programs while he is dong medical school. He will be applying for his own grant and starting graduate school classes next week. He has a test on Friday and then it is vacation for us. Please say a prayer for him as he finishes this phase of school.