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Nicholas Miller

Nicholas Miller

Nicholas Miller, a member of the Honors College from Hedgesville, will graduate with a degree in immunology and medical microbiology and a minor in medical humanities and health studies. He is a member of the WVU Mortar Board, WVU American Society for Microbiology and has served as teaching assistant in the Department of Biology.

He has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while engaged in rigorous research, traveling abroad and serving as a tutor with the testWELL Learning Center and an emergency medicine scribe at the WVU Medicine East Berkeley and Mon Health Medical Centers.

Miller has also served in the highly competitive position of research intern in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology where he studied the impact of opioid exposure during pregnancy on the neonatal immune response and the impact of obesity on intestinal bacterial infection.

As a student in the Honors Experiential and Community Engagement Learning Program who is concerned with the barriers to care due to mental health stigma, he intended to examine mental health issues in resource-reduced communities in Latin American and Appalachia.

However, due to pandemic travel restrictions, his research project pivoted to investigate and understand social problems that have been exacerbated throughout the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including socio-economic, health and education inequities and social problems associated with employment, drugs and sexuality, among other issues.

Miller has also served as a member of and held several leadership positions in the WVU Medical and Dental Brigades since his freshman year providing him three opportunities to travel abroad to Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana where he led students to provide health care mobile medical clinics and assisted local masons in building sanitation stations in these regions.

Born with a congenital cleft lip, he aspires to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in West Virginia.

He will attend the WVU School of Medicine in the fall.