Mark Carter, of West Portsmouth, is the first in his family to receive a college degree. Not only that, he has received a full scholarship, a fellowship and an assistanceship to the University of Cincinnati for graduate school to study biochemistry.
He completed a double major at SSU in biology and chemistry. Out of 1,500 applicants to the program at UC, Carter was one of 30 students chosen to the program and one of only six assistanceships chosen.
“I’m the first in my family to even graduate high school, so I want to keep going,” Carter said.
He credits the Trio Center Student Support Services at SSU as helping him while he was a student. The Trio Center provides assistance to traditionally under-represented students.
Carter started out in pre-med but when Professor Eugene Burns, Ph.D., in the Natural Science Department, introduced him to research, he loved it so much he changed from medicine to research.
“I love both biology and chemistry and I couldn’t decide which one to choose, so I majored in both,” Carter said. “I’m really glad they offered research here.”
With no hesitation, Carter said his next step will be getting a Ph.D. He wants to teach and he wants to work with proteins, how the body makes them and why the body makes them.
“I want to teach,” he said. “I want to do for others what some of the professors here have done for me.”