For Black History month, the ReTOOL Program has decided to feature our young Black scientists as they embark on exciting careers. Today’s featured alum is Malcolm Ingraham.
What are you currently studying/researching?
I am a Health Sciences Pre-clinical major. I am not currently conducting research, but planning on continuing summer 2020.
Where are you studying/conducting research?
At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
Who is your science hero?
I am still figuring that out.
What does it mean to you to be a young Black scientist?
Being a young Black Scientist means that I have an immense amount of responsibility to not only succeed for myself but also to pave the way for those that will come after me. Being a successful Black Scientist/doctor means that I will be a representation of my community at all times. My goal will be to uplift young Black boys and girls into accessing their greatest potentials in the STEM fields. Due to numerous reasons, the Black community has always lacked the resources and connects necessary for upward mobility in this country. As a young Black scientist, I will seek to help pioneer new pathways for other students in order to one day increase the total number of Black students involved in the Sciences.
What message would you like to send to young Black students interested in cancer research?
Don’t think you are too young or too inexperienced to begin seeking information on the unknown. I started my research on Cancer (more specifically Prostate Cancer) following my freshman year in college as part of the ReTOOL program. I did not know what I was getting into or how much I’d have to learn over the course of the summer, but I did come in with an eager and open mind. For any young Black Students interested in getting involved in Cancer research, don’t hesitate; it maybe intimidating at first but the best thing you can do is apply yourself.
Do you have anything else you would like to add or mention?
Following my time in the ReTOOL program, I have been able to access so many academic and professional opportunities within the Health/research field and for that I will always be grateful. My intentions are to hopefully attend the University of Florida either as a researcher through a post Baccalaureate program or medical school.