Aaron Bernstein’s research into cancer biology has taken the Olney, MD native around the world, first as a summer undergraduate research fellow at the Mayo Clinic Minnesota, and now as a graduate researcher at the University of Cambridge. During his time at Penn State, Aaron was deeply involved in research, a step he encourages other pre-med students to consider. He writes, “For Penn State students interested in clinical research and practice, Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center offers unparalleled opportunities to gain firsthand experience in academic medicine. The knowledge and connections I gained through my honors thesis in Hershey’s Department of Neurosurgery were integral to my securing a Ph.D. studentship at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Cambridge.” Since graduating in 2018 with a B.S. in premedicine, Aaron has been studying for an M.Phil. in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. He was named a National Cancer Institute Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in 2018.
Even after graduation, he found the University Fellowships Office to be a great aid in the application process. “Despite my status as an alumnus, Dr. Ting took the time to painstakingly review and offer comments on over a dozen drafts of my various personal statements.” His hard work and intensive research focus paid off, as he was accepted to the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholar program for a Ph.D. in Statistical Genetics and received a 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship!