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Our newest #ResearchSuperstar Ridwan Alam is a senior in Wayne State University and part of the MedStart (BS/MD) program. Ridwan is already a published researcher (twice! first paper, second paper), and is admitted to the most prestigious medical schools in the country (Johns Hopkins and WSU!). His story is also a wonderful account of humility, tenacity, and true passion for research. Research got you down? Read this story for inspiration.
Ridwan started looking for research opportunities right after graduating from high school in June 2009. He emailed several professors but received a lot of dead ends. Soon, however, he was invited to shadow a neurosurgeon, who did not have research openings but introduced Ridwan to a colleague, whose lab was doing neurosurgery research. After an interview, Ridwan was invited to join her group.
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