“Scottie has been great for us,” says Mangano, who is also Mary Jane and Bob Tritsch Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. “We identified him as an undergraduate. Obviously he is very smart and driven. I love the fact he is so humble. He has learned our basic science research really well. He is able to come and discuss it without any concerns.”
Mangano says it is unusual for an undergraduate to be a first author on research in scholarly medical journals. “I think the future is very bright for Scottie and he will thrive in medical school. He will take our basic science research and be able to apply it clinically. He is so very respectful and it has been a pleasure to work with him.”
Goto echoed Mangano’s thoughts as well. “Scottie deserves the medal,” she adds. “He showed the highest dedication to his academic achievement as an undergrad student. He published a paper as the first author and presented his work at multiple professional conferences. I was impressed by the fact that Scottie is always proactive and prepared for lab experiments, presentations, and manuscript writing. He acts professionally and completes the tasks to the details.”
Emmert says he learns from great teachers and is inspired by them. He cites Mangano and Goto along with faculty in the medical sciences program including Richard Becker, MD, director of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, Bryan Mackenzie, PhD, associate professor of physiology and Michael Lieberman, PhD, chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology.
“I have always had a passion for teaching, but I think my experiences in the Medical Sciences program really provided me with opportunities to develop into a teacher,” says Emmert.
He taught several UC undergraduates and students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Mangano Laboratory experimental techniques ranging from Sanger sequencing to 3D volumetric analysis of the rat brain using MRI.