PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – (April 5, 2012) – A biology student hoping to combine an interest in biomedical research and a desire to become a dentist is the 2012 winner of the Richard Bernstein Achievement Award at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Senior Genevieve Warmann of Baltimore learned Thursday she won the $5,000 cash prize during UMES’ 59th annual honors convocation ceremony at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts.
An honors program student with a near-perfect 3.96 grade point average, Warmann has been a dean’s list fixture since enrolling in 2008 and will begin post-graduate research this fall as an intern at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.
“I never imagined I would have this opportunity and to meet such wonderful mentors, professors and friends,” Warmann said. “I feel very blessed to be given such an award.”
The Bernstein Award is named for and established by the businessman and philanthropist credited with introducing high technology to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The unrestricted gift goes to a graduating senior in business, accounting, science, engineering, construction management technology, mathematics or computer science with outstanding grades and leadership skills and who has the potential to continue scholarly work.
Warmann, described as “exceptional, talented, hardworking and dedicated,” easily met those criteria, according to faculty who nominated her for the prestigious honor.
One wrote simply that she has “a strong passion for learning and helping others.”
Warmann volunteers to tutor fellow students and spends countless hours in hospitals, including in her native Ghana, where she “shadows doctors and nurses and provides assistance to patients.”
Perhaps her proudest accomplishment is being a co-author of a 2011 article produced by a team of University of Pennsylvania Medical School researchers studying the protein that modulates how humans metabolize glucose and fatty acid.
“It is rare for an undergraduate … to have a research paper published in a refereed journal,” said Gurbax Singh, a professor and acting chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences.
Also in 2011, she won first place for a presentation at the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Her success at UMES was not pre-ordained, however. Bureaucracy in Ghana’s education system seemingly blocked her ambition of a career in dentistry despite a sterling academic record in high school. A full scholarship offer from UMES convinced her instead it was her destiny to study in the United States.
Her experiences at UMES have re-fueled her passion to pursue dentistry, and nurtured a love for biomedical research.
In her words, “My UMES education has shaped me into becoming one of the best among the best.”