Briefly describe the reasons for your interest in Tulane University School of Medicine. (150 Word Max) Having attended Tulane University for my undergraduate degree, I am aware of the full meaning of “Only in New Orleans-Only at Tulane”, and the chance to return to both the university and city for my medical school education is an excellent opportunity. In looking at the highlights of Match 2009, I was impressed that 39% of students selected to enter primary care, my main interest. There is also the chance to be involved with cutting edge research such as the stem cell research going on at the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy. In addition to this the required community service and chance to again participate with groups such as Habitat for Humanity in Musician’s Village offers a great extracurricular activity where one can truly make a difference. All of these factors make Tulane University School of Medicine a fantastic and unique opportunity. (142 Words) If yes, what have you been pursuing since you graduated? (150 Words Max.) Since graduating, I am working full-time as a research technician with a neurobiology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston. The overall research of the laboratory centers on neuron-glia interactions, while the project I am most closely involved with focuses on discovering a treatment for various types of neuropathy. We are currently running trials to test a treatment on mice that have developed neuropathy. A few weeks after birth the transgenic mice develop neuropathy and no longer show a reaction to hot and cold or a delayed reaction. In trials run, the drug has shown an ability to stop the death of certain neurons, thus preventing the neuropathy from forming and even helping stimulate a healing of the sensory nerves. My main duties include helping with the heat sensing testing, running polymerase chain reactions, running southern blots and sectioning and staining tissue from the mice so that the sensory nerves can be compared between wild type and healthy mice. (157 now) What was the single most meaningful volunteer experience you have had? (150 Words Max.) Being in New Orleans, Post-Katrina offered the chance to be involved with many meaningful volunteer experiences. My most meaningful community service experience involved helping construct houses with Habitat for Humanity in Musicians’ Village of the Upper Ninth Ward. This particular event, Rebuilding Through Brotherhood, was organized by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Through his charity, Sigma Chi members from chapters throughout the United States and Canada came to New Orleans for a week to participate in Habitat for Humanity and aid in the rebuilding of New Orleans. The chance to meet Drew Brees and other Sigma Chi’s from distant universities was great, but my most vivid memory came at lunch when one of the recipients of a new home gave a speech thanking all of the volunteers and then played some songs on his trumpet. The chance to hear directly from someone we were helping what our aid meant to him was unforgettable. 155 now List any leadership positions, in clubs or organizations, you may have held during college. (150 Words Max) While at Tulane University, I held a few leadership positions as a member of the Sigma Chi chapter at the school. I spent four semesters as the athletics chair and was responsible for organizing the intramural sports teams, setting up practices and coaching the team, as well as being the liaison between the fraternity’s teams and the intramural office. I was also the secretary and community service chair during the fall semester of my junior year. As secretary, I kept detailed recordings of all chapter meetings and as community service chair, I was responsible for organizing and coordinating community service events. In my semester as community service chair, many members of the chapter participated in Tulane sponsored events such as Greek Move-In, Outreach Tulane, and Beautify Broadway as well as working with other groups such as Habitat for Humanity. (138 Words) Please list your hobbies and major non-academic interests (e.g. athletics, art, music, items you collect, genre or favorite author reading material). (150 Words Max.) Athletics have always been one of my main interests. While in college, I participated in intramural indoor and outdoor soccer, flag football, and softball. Although not presently playing in any organized leagues, I still often participate in local pick-up games of soccer and basketball. In addition to this I work out a few times a week at the gym. Another of my main hobbies is reading. I aim to read a diverse selection of novels from many different genres. Some of my favorite authors include Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Brown, and Dennis Lehane.