James Sharer: The University of Pennsylvania

Posted: August 9, 2014 in Education

James Sharer is enrolled at Pennsylvania State University, where he is majoring in biology. He expects to graduate by 2016, and go on to medical school.

The Penn State University system boasts twenty-four campuses across Pennsylvania, and James Sharer is just one of its approximately one hundred thousand students. There are some 17,000 faculty and staff members serving those students, and more than half a million active Penn State Alumni.

“We teach students that the real measure of success is what you do to improve the lives of others,” the school declares on its website, and in this, James Sharer and Penn State are a perfect fit. “I want to earn my doctorate and pursue a career in medicine so that I can dedicate my life to helping those in need,” James Sharer says.

The Biology curriculum at Penn State is geared toward preparing students like James Sharer for professions that require competence in biological science, or for gaining an understanding of the world of living things. Penn State biology students are also encouraged to select options to further their understanding of the field, and James Sharer has selected Vertebrate Physiology as his, which means he focuses on animal physiology and anatomy.

James Sharer has also been a research intern at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, where he had many duties. “As a research intern, I spent the majority of my time writing a scientific paper pertaining to Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms,” he recalls. “I also worked with patients from the clinic, administering various olfactory and gustatory tests.”


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