Diana Kachan, originally from Minsk, Belarus, started college at the Belarusian State Economic University where she completed 80 credits in the late 1990s. She emigrated to the U.S. and re-entered college at Baruch in 2004. She chose the CUNY Baccalaureate to design a degree in Biology and Chemistry that would lead her to a career in biomedical research. Under the guidance of Baruch College Natural Science Professors David Szalda and Emil Gernert, she studied advanced science courses, including several honors courses, at Baruch, Hunter, Brooklyn, and New York City Technical Colleges. Kachan was a Dean’s List student at Baruch and CUNY Baccalaureate. In 2005, she was named a Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow by CUNY Baccalaureate and in 2008 she won the prestigious Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. She was also awarded Departmental Honors by the Baruch Natural Sciences Department. Last year, she served as President of the Bio-Med Society at Baruch. She graduates from the CUNY Baccalaureate this June, summa cum laude. For graduate school, Kachan applied to and was accepted by the MD program at the SUNY Downstate Medical School, the MD program at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and the MD/PhD program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has chosen to attend the University of Miami which awarded her the Dean’s Fellowship for the four years of enrollment in the MD part of the program. For Summer 2008, she was invited to do an 8-week paid internship at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.
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