The Vermont Medical Society’s Education and Research Foundation has awarded $5,000 scholarships to University of Vermont College of Medicine students Jen Makrides and Christian Crannell. The recipients were honored at the Vermont Medical Society’s annual meeting held Oct. 19, at Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt.
A member of the class of 2015, Makrides is currently the co-chair of the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force’s health subcommittee and has been engaged in several research project relating to the topic of human trafficking in the state. She has also served as a sexual assault/violence intervention advocate at Mt. Sinai Hospital and a political science adjunct professor at Pace University.
A writer for numerous publications, including Physicians for Human Rights, National Women’s Law Center and Human Strategies/Human Rights, Markrides holds an MA in international relations from Boston University and a BA in Italian language and literature from Smith College.
Crannell, also a member of the class of 2015, is currently engaged in a research project designing patient evaluation forms for medical students and in the past has investigated cellular uptake of hydrocarbon "stapled" peptides and the disruption of BCR signaling in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma at Dana Farber Institute.
He has published research in Current Protocols in Chemical Biology and Macromolecules, and has recently submitted an article to the The Journal of Clinical Investigation for consideration.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Crannell received a BA in chemistry from Colby College and was awarded a merit scholarship by the UVM College of Medicine.
Each year the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation gives one or more scholarships to medical students who are committed to practicing medicine in Vermont and caring for Vermonters. The scholarship program was created to encourage young doctors to return to Vermont after completing their residency training.
“It is our hope and intention that by offering this annual scholarship we can successfully persuade medical students to practice medicine in Vermont, especially in its less-served areas, ensuring that Vermonters in all parts of the state continue to have access to excellent medical care,” said Dr. Mildred Reardon, the award’s namesake and a faculty member at the College of Medicine who was instrumental in forming the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation.
The scholarship is funded through generous contributions from Fletcher Allen Health Care, members of the Vermont Medical Society, and the Chittenden County Medical Society.