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Brandon BriscoeBrandon Briscoe, a freshman Honors student and mid-distance track and field athlete, generously shared what it’s like to challenge himself both inside and outside the classroom. Brandon’s story is remarkable because balancing a Division I training regime with honors classes is far from easy.

Time management is extremely important for student athletes and Brandon has developed routines which help him to make the most of his time.  Brandon said, “I like having time slots at the same time every day that I use to either do homework or study. Even if I don't have anything due soon I still use that time to do work ahead of schedule, since I never know if something unexpected will come up.”

The other area which becomes tricky for student athletes is the question of where to place priority (on school or athletics). Brandon realized early on that he needs to place a larger priority on his schoolwork because he knows how important it will be in shaping his life and career down the road.

Part of what makes a good student athlete is the ability to let go of the past and focus on the present moment. Brandon knows that he cannot allow failures to dictate his future attitude and efforts. Instead, he lets go of the past, and focuses on the present. When he succeeds in either the classroom or on the track that confidence pushes him to work harder all around. The discipline acquired though participating in both programs will serve Mr. Briscoe for the rest of his life.

Nice job Brandon and Go Mount!

Katelyn ComeauThis past summer Katelyn Comeau, C’19, an honors student and Biochemistry major at Mount St. Mary’s University became one of ten participants on the cutting edge of science. Katelyn traveled out to the University of Oklahoma where she began her training for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Structural Biology.

“My co-researchers and I were given a crash course on biochemistry, structural biology, and x-ray crystallography to aid in our research over the two month program,” Comeau said. Each researcher was assigned a lab where they worked closely with graduate students, and doctors. The goal of their research was to “diversify natural products and drugs for diseases like cancer.”

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of her experience was successfully freezing and storing an active and pure “prenyltransferase enzyme” which the lab will use for progress in drug leads.

Katelyn was inspired and excited by her work in conjunction with the chemists and learned a great deal more about the biochemistry field which helped to develop her understanding of biological systems.

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