Meet Yaqoub - The Health Care Research and Discovery Featured Student

Authored By: wells438 03/11/2024

Health Care Research and Discovery

Tomorrow’s groundbreaking health protocols result from today’s research and discovery. Outstanding research opportunities for all UMR students prepare them for careers that apply rigorous investigation and analysis to grand health challenges of the 21st century.

Yaqoub Yusuf

Yaqoub Yusuf, ‘21

Health Care Research and Discovery
Major: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

How did your Capstone experience prepare you for your future in what you’re currently doing? The capstone experience that I had during my undergraduate studies has played a significant role in shaping my future. It helped me gain clarity on my passion and the direction I wanted to take in life. Although I was pursuing a degree in health sciences and was on the pre-med track, my ultimate goal was to become a biologist/scientist. The opportunity to present my research and publish my findings was a valuable experience that enhanced my undergraduate studies. It gave me the confidence to pursue a master's program and eventually a Ph.D.

Is there a certain instructor that greatly impacted your time at UMR? It's difficult to fully express how much my time at UMR was shaped by the amazing people who supported me along the way. My Success Coach Anna Ribikawskis, and the HealthCORE advisors Robert Reese and Abdirahman Ikar, were instrumental in helping me navigate the challenges of college life. Additionally, the following faculty members made a significant impact on my academic journey: Professor Jake Wright, Professor Shanna Altrichter, Professor Jared Bright, Professor David Haines, Professor Teresa Henderson Vazquez, Professor Xavier Prat-Resina, and Professor Andrew Petzold. I am beyond grateful for their guidance, encouragement, and unwavering support throughout my time at UMR.


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