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HARROGATE, Tenn. — The dream of going to medical school is about to become reality for 10 grads who earned baccalaureate degrees from the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Mathematics and Sciences.

“LMU has invested a great deal of resources to strengthen its undergraduate and master’s level math and science curriculums over the past five years,” said School of Mathematics and Sciences Dean Amiel Jarstfer. “We are starting to see how these investments in the academic experience of our undergrads have now enabled them to achieve their goals.”

Nine of the grads have chosen to pursue their medical degrees at the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). It marks the largest number of LMU undergraduate science degree recipients to matriculate at LMU-DCOM to date. Among the LMU-DCOM Class of 2018 will be Nicholas Fugate, of Pineville, Ky., Blake Houser, of Knoxville, Tenn., Sarah Kneuttel, of Hixson, Tenn., Bradley Maldonado, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Alexey Minevskiy, of Harrogate, Tenn., William Hunter Slemp, of Dryden, Va., Beverly Smith, of Pineville, Alex Vanlandingham, of New Tazewell, Tenn., and Sarah Wilson, of Norris, Tenn.

“With over 4,000 applications for the Class of 2018, it’s great to see such competitive applicants come from LMU,” said LMU-DCOM Director of Admissions Janette Martin. “These are quality students and I’m really excited that the majority of them have chosen to pursue their medical education with LMU-DCOM.”

Additionally, Morgan Buda, a Cocke County High School grad, has chosen to matriculate at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine.

The LMU School of Mathematics and Science Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with majors in biomedical professions, anatomical sciences and life science research has also become a successful pathway to medical school for many. The program, which is offered through the School of Mathematics and Sciences in collaboration with LMU-DCOM, were established a year ago as an outgrowth of the post-baccalaureate medical science certificate program which was designed to help students with baccalaureate degrees prepare for their future careers pursuing a doctoral-level education in the health science field. Fifty-six members of the M.S. program were extended invitations to interview for a spot at LMU-DCOM and 93 percent have been accepted into LMU-DCOM or another medical school program.

Genevieve Kemp, Crossville, Tenn., and Anthony Davis, of Jonesville, Va., both 2012 bachelor of science in biology degree recipients, will also be members of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2018, bringing the total number of LMU School of Mathematics and Sciences degree recipients in the incoming class to 11.

For more information about the M.S. program and majors, contact Master of Science Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator Holly Napier att 423-869-6027 or holly.napier@lmunet.edu.

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