16 Apr Scholarships: Realizing Potential — Austin Wong
“You’re investing in a student’s education and their ability to change the world so I think that you’re really making a long term investment and it’s definitely going to pay off because you’re investing in a student’s passion.
Biology, chemistry minor
Robert D. Clark Honors College
Presidential Scholar, PathwayOregon student
Home Town: Salem, OR
Recruiting the Best and Brightest: “I probably wouldn’t have attended the UO without my scholarships. I probably would have attended Johns Hopkins University. They offered a lot of financial aid there, but a lot of it was in loans.”
Head Start: Wong became a UO freshman at age 16
What a College Degree Means: “Opportunity.”
President and Founder: Oregon Medical Brigades, a medical-focused service trip for UO students that is one of the Holden Center’s alternative spring break opportunities.
“We recruited twenty students and five medical professionals from the health center here on campus and a few different educational partners through the Holden center to go down to Panama for a week … We created a community clinic for a couple days down there.”
Plans After graduating: Study public health in graduate school through the Peace Corps Master’s International program, focusing on international health and epidemiology.
Real World Experience: In the Snodgrass Human Biology Research Laboratory, Wong researches the use of minimally invasive techniques for assessing health and physiology in population-based research.
Dream Job: “To work in public health, educating and implementing different solutions and programs to some of the many problems that our world faces. I’m interested in international public health with a focus on infectious diseases such as malaria. But also, in general, different sanitation problems that go on throughout the world.”