“Going to the (Biomedical Science Academy) opened my eyes to what a more demanding class could be,” he said.
Elroy, a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, is the first person in his family to go to college. Ever since he can remember, he said, his parents have encouraged him to go to college.
The program at OMRF has offered him an opportunity to better understand what he wants to do once he graduates. After finishing a four-year animal science degree, Elroy might attend veterinary school. He is interested in becoming a veterinarian but also continuing a career in research, he said.
As a Fleming scholar, Elroy will write a paper at the end of July about his research. In the past, some Fleming scholars have seen their work published in prominent scientific journals.
“I understand that my research here is definitely not going to cure atherosclerosis by any means, but I hope that what I'm doing here will at least help,” he said.