Anthony Hage has always been interested in exploring how things work and as a biomedical sciences major he is able to do this on a daily basis.
“Finding out how things work and using that knowledge to benefit humanity is ultimately what science is all about and I can’t think of a better thing to dedicate my life to,” said Hage.
This passion for science has led Hage on a journey that only six other students will be able to experience during summer 2013. The Grand Rapids native recently accepted a Perrigo Fellowship and during a 10-week program at the University of Michigan he will be working in the Life Sciences Institute studying proteins, neurons and synapses.
During the program, Hage will gain hands-on experience with world-class researchers, an opportunity that he said he is looking forward to. “This fellowship will give me the opportunity to grow as a scientist and work directly with faculty members as part of a large-scale research project in an academically diverse setting,” Hage said.
Since his freshman year at Grand Valley, Hage has spent numerous hours conducting research with Martin Burg and Debra Burg, associate professors of biomedical sciences.
“Anthony’s drive to get answers and his love of science, in addition to his passion for conducting research and trying to ‘find the answer,’ makes him an excellent candidate for this fellowship,” Martin said.
Hage said receiving the fellowship also serves as a direct representation of the high caliber of students that Grand Valley is producing.
“For me receiving this fellowship was important because it shows the growth in Grand Valley’s science departments and that students are able to compete on the same level as those from larger universities,” Hage said.
Hage plans to graduate from Grand Valley in spring 2014 and said he will then go on to apply to doctoral programs and ultimately hopes to work as a physician scientist, developing drugs for Third World countries.