Grant Robertson, from Wheeling, will graduate with a degree in biochemistry and minors in biology and sociology. He serves as the technology chair of the American Chemical Society, community service chair for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a member of WVU Collegiate NCAAP Chapter, and WVU Students Optimistic for Curing Kids.
He has maintained a 4.0 while engaging in vigorous coursework, numerous social movements to create a more inclusive campus, and traveling. He has worked as a tutor in the Chemistry Department, teaching assistant in the Biology Department, mentor for the Honors College, and has spent more than one hundred hours shadowing various WVU Healthcare physicians.
In 2016, he served as an undergraduate research assistant in Radiation Oncology to help determine whether a change in educational content is necessary for multidisciplinary providers on appropriate palliation of bone metastases, as well as to expose the transfer of biases from practicing physicians to their residents. His research has been published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
In 2017, he performed research in the Chemistry Department that focused on pH Low Insertion Peptide, which has the capability to be used in treatment delivery for drugs that target cancerous tumors.
Robertson also had the opportunity to travel to Oakland and San Francisco with the Elks National Foundation to perform community service in underdeveloped neighborhoods and with Save The Bay, an organization that is working to protect the biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
He spent three of his summers traveling to underserved areas of Peru and Ecuador as a healthcare volunteer with Medlife WVU to teach children the fundamentals of hygiene and help physicians dispense medication to patients. Through his experiences with MEDLIFE, he has developed a desire to pursue a career in medicine that focuses on treating citizens in underserved areas.
One of his most rewarding experiences was serving as the fundraising chair of Medlife. Because of vast fundraising facilitated by Robertson, each of its member could afford the 2016 trip to South America.
Robertson will attend the WVU School of Medicine in the fall.