September 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Biology Student Talks about Research, Cross-Country, Medical School

Tyler Ames

Tyler Ames

Ohio University’s It’s You brand campaign features an interview with Tyler Ames, a Biology student in the College of Arts & Sciences and captain of the varsity men’s cross country team.

In an interview, Ames talked about conducting biomechanics research, being a tutor, and getting accepted to medical school.

How do you balance varsity athletics with academics?

“It was a huge concern for me coming in because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up a tough science major and practice four or five hours a day. It actually helps me to do better in class than if I weren’t on a sports team. You have a three or four hour gap in your day, you have to get your work done. Having a structure and a schedule has helped me stay on track in academics. I’m super organized. I have notes everywhere and calendars everywhere. The two biggest things are setting up that routine and staying organized with planners and things like that.”

You’re doing undergraduate research. How accessible is that?

“It was really easy to get involved in research. I e-mailed a professor and she met me one time and said, “You’re welcome to come help me any time.” I work with degus; they look like hamsters. We run them on treadmills and on tracks and measure biomechanical properties like stride length and rate. I get academic credit for it.”

What are your future goals?

“My long-term career goals are to attend medical school and eventually become a doctor and hopefully a radiologist. And right now, I’m accepted into medical school. Ohio University has been a huge help every step of the way, from helping me with my intro biology class all the way to my interview for med school,” he said.

Read the entire interview.

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