Two win scholarships to attend Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded UNC medical student Eric Jernigan a Looking to the Future scholarship to attend the STS annual meeting, to be held in Houston Jan. 21-25, 2017. Jernigan is finishing a research elective in cardiothoracic surgery. The award provides travel, lodging, registration and special programs during the STS meeting.

The goal of the scholarship is to provide mentorship to general surgery residents and medical students training in the United States or Canada who are considering a career in cardiothoracic surgery.The scholarship winners have the opportunity to meet cardiothoracic surgeons who could be mentors, and to participate in workshops and labs.

Muntasir Chowdhury, who worked as a research assistant for the UNC Children's Heart Collaborative research group last summer, also received a Looking to the Future scholarship. Chowdhury is now a medical student at the Marshall University School of Medicine.