Alumna Lauren Licursi, Oak Lawn Community High School Class of 2018, has been accepted for a paid summer position at Texas A&M Baylor College of Medicine to pursue biomedical research. Lauren is on a biomedical team with PhDs and MDs that will research clinical aspects of medicine and the cell-based mechanisms of cancer. She will be published as one of the main authors for the research conducted.
Lauren said, “I had Mr. Atkins for three years at OLCHS. My love for medicine sprouted from his science classes where I found interest in all aspects of Biology and Chemistry. Up until taking AP Biology senior year with Mr. Atkins, I was pretty pessimistic about my future goals believing that I wouldn't make it to college, let alone pursue a research position at the Baylor College of Medicine and MD Cancer Center like I am now. Mr. Atkins pushed me to become the best student that I could be, showing me opportunities that were available to me if I worked hard enough, changing my perspective on my future to be viewed as hopeful and bright. I look back now to my experience at OLCHS and I am so thankful that I had Mr. Atkins as one of my teachers as he is extremely motivated to create generations of bright and passionate young adults, frankly of which is the greatest passion that a teacher in the high school realm could have. I truly believe that without having Mr. Atkins during my sophomore, junior, and senior years at OLCHS, I would not be where I am today.”
Lauren is currently majoring in biology and neuroscience and minoring in chemistry at Augustana College. She is the Chief Medical Scribe for ScribeAmerica, an Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant, and a Reading Writing Center Biology Fellow.