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Announcing the Inaugural Cohort of ASSURE Scholars

The Department of Anesthesiology is excited to introduce the inaugural cohort of Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship (ASSURE) scholars.

The ASSURE Fellowship launched in November 2020 to provide underrepresented minority college students from the St. Louis metro area an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical, and translational research projects. One of the larger goals of the research fellowship program is to build a pipeline of bright and undiscovered talents within the St. Louis region, and more specifically, to attract those individuals to Washington University School of Medicine. The summer fellowship program received a large number of excellent applications, and the review committee selected the following applicants as the inaugural cohort:

Brandi Bradford is currently a junior at Harris-Stowe State University, studying biology. She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and has previously worked at a local preschool where she developed a desire to take care of others and become a healthcare professional. Brandi learned about pharmacology while participating at the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute, where she discovered her passion for research. She is interested in attending medical school or PA school. Her hobbies include softball and watching movies.

Bulenda Shayo is currently a junior at Harris-Stowe State University and is pursuing a career in the medical field. Bulenda has been in the US for six years and was born in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the youngest of five children, she was cared for by various people and developed a need to take care of others in return. She aspires to be a plastic surgeon because she enjoys seeing people happy and feeling good about themselves. Aside from focusing on her career goals, in her free time, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies.

The ASSURE committee would like to congratulate the incoming fellows and thank all applicants on behalf of the Department of Anesthesiology.