A Change the World Project: From Homeless Shelter Volunteer to Medical Student

Written by Hannah Woodruff '21
This fall, when I found out that I had received the Wilma Rayta Volunteer of the Year award from the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), I was surprised and honored that they had thought of me. My relationship with COTS goes back years, and has been such a meaningful presence in my life as I’ve grown from a shy twelve year-old to a first-year medical student.

Step Up Helps Cancer Survivors Lose Weight & Take Change of their Health

Written by Lauren Donnelly '20 and Kirsten Martin '20
We walked into a room full of 18 cancer survivors one August evening, unsure what to expect. We started the group by asking each of the women what had brought them to the program: a  free weight management group we had created to help women with obesity who had survived cancer to lose weight. As we listened to each of their stories, we started to appreciate the challenges these women had faced. They truly were survivors.

Easing the transition for transgender Vermonters

Written by Al York '19
When Al York first heard of the Schweitzer Fellowship as a student at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, York quickly met with the director of the Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT), an LGBTQ community center, to discuss and design a project to meet the most pressing needs of the local transgender community. After several years spent advocating for transgender people as an undergraduate, York was excited about the prospect about serving the transgender community in a way that would help alleviate the daily struggles transgender people encounter.

“His Kindness is Selfless”: Honoring Outstanding Staff at UVM

Written by Amy Schumer '17 and Diane Jaworski, Ph.D.
It is an honor to be speaking to all of you today about this incredible man, Michael Cross.  I met Mike almost four years ago as a first year medical student.  He has been at the University of Vermont since 1976 working in the role of a custodial maintenance worker.  Currently he is responsible for the care of a space where over 400 hurried medical students trample through daily.  

Marching for Science in Washington D.C. and Boston

Written by Phillip Munson and Wyatt Chia,
Ph.D. students at the University of Vermont

On April 22, 2017, the March for Science took place at locations across the United States. As a “diverse, nonpartisan group,” the goal was to celebrate science and “encourage the public to value and invest in it.” Read reports from two Ph.D. students in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Vermont who attended marches in Boston and Washington D.C.