Rahul Sandella found a perfect fit at the University of Cincinnati. He came to the university while in high school to be part of an annual district science fair and discovered a niche.
“Every time I came to UC’s campus it felt like a university where I belonged,” says Sandella. “It was the right size, and after meeting students and faculty on our tours, I felt really comfortable. I believed UC was a place where I could achieve goals I set for myself and feel supported.”
Sandella, a fourth-year medical sciences major in the College of Medicine, is achieving those goals. He will graduate this spring, has a near perfect GPA of 3.96, and is scheduled to attend medical school at UC during the fall. Sandella is also one of six undergraduates who will receive a Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence Award. The honor is given by the university to graduating students who exemplify scholarship, leadership, character and service — ideals upheld in UC’s Strategic Direction. Other undergraduates also receiving the award are Kendall Cappel, Scottie Emmert, Mariam Elgafy, Laura Stegner and Rickey Terrel.
“I was very surprised and honored by the award,” says Sandella. “There are so many amazing students on campus, so I was quite humbled to be one of the few selected to receive the award.
Sandella entered UC as a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar with a great interest in medical research. During his second year, he was accepted to the ROSE program, which provided Research, Observation, Service and Education experiences to high-ability, intellectually curious pre-medical college students. The program was part internship, part mentorship and part early acceptance to medical school. Through his research experiences, Sandella found mentorship under faculty such as Kasiani Myers, MD, Melinda Butsch Kovacic, PhD, and Frank McCormack, MD.