TAMPA, Fla. (July 18, 2016) – A future physician who has already spent more than 750 hours on traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease research and who created a free tutoring program for his fellow chemistry students, Patrick Mullen has been named the USF System’s Outstanding Graduate for summer 2016.
Outside classrooms and clinics, Mullen’s also a Beef Stud — one of USF’s ubiquitous painted uber Bulls fans; a practice player for the women’s volleyball team, and a participant in Tampa Bay Street Medicine, providing free health care to low-income and homeless people.
He’s done it all while simultaneously finishing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and his first year of medical school with a 3.95 grade-point average through the Honor College’s 7-Year BS/MD Program
“A consequence of my accelerated degree track, I wanted to have all the experiences and leadership of a four-year degree in three years,” he says.
Mullen will be recognized at the 9 a.m. USF System Commencement ceremony Aug. 6 at the USF Sun Dome.
A graduate of Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla., Mullen spent his first year of college as a construction laborer. Since 2013, he’s been a researcher at Neurostructural Research Laboratories, where he analyzes mice brain neurons for signs of disease or injury. His work helped earn him a 2014 Honors College Research Excellence Award.
His passion for education and gratitude for the opportunities he’s had have led him to give back in creative ways. He co-founded Chemistry After Dark, a free tutoring session held the night before general and organic chemistry exams. He’s taught a free Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation course for financially needy USF students and expects to publish free MCAT review books online this summer. He also helped charter a USF student organization, Seva for Kids, which supports education in under-served areas of India.
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