General Biology and Neuroscience
Perhaps the next great medical mind, Patrick Tierney of Pittsfield, MA, is well on his way to his dream career in neurology. Double majoring in General Biology and Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, Patrick has maintained a 3.99 GPA; his spot in the Honors Program; and his status as a Red Pines Scholar, a scholarship and enrichment program that awards college funds to students based on merit and need.
He has used his interest in science and medicine and commitment to his academic goals to his advantage in participating on campus and being a leader and role model to other students. As the Vice President of the Pre Med Club, Patrick has worked with students interested in careers in medicine to explore the industry, prepare for entrance exams and medical school applications, and hold community service events, such as blood drives on campus. He is also an Organic Chemistry Tutor and Supplemental Instructor for Organic Chemistry II, where Patrick not only honed his chemistry and teaching skills, but also learned how to lead students and provide an encouraging and comfortable learning environment. Additionally he has completed neuroscience research on the plasticity of muscle protein, which he presented at the UMass Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Conference this past May.
Off campus, Patrick has been equally dedicated to his career and serving the community. He is a nationally licensed EMT and works in the field at Action Ambulance. He has also completed neurology observation hours at Berkshire Medical Center in anticipation of medical school.
Patrick is well-rounded outside of his career endeavors. He was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, and is a member of the Honors Program Admissions and Student Employment Committees. As a sports fan, Patrick makes time to be an integral team member of both the intramural volleyball and floor hockey teams. Patrick also works at the Circulation Desk at the School of Law Library, and volunteers whenever he can. An outstanding scholar, he has made President’s List each semester and was awarded the First Year Academic Excellence award.
Patrick is currently applying to medical school for next year to pursue his dream of being a neurologist.