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August, 2009: Amazing Young Future Physician Scientist and Entrepreneur, Marne A. Garretson
By Shamala Pulugurtha, A.K.O.M. Writer and Researcher
Quotes of the Month:
- “My advice to young people is that ‘motivation is far more meaningful than talent alone.’ I have met a lot of talented young people. However, most young people tend to wait until their parents and teachers tell them to do something. I believe that teens should develop leadership skills so that they can set goals and plan how they can start working toward these goals now. Remember, you do not have to wait until you are an adult to start your career.” – Marne A. Garretson, Age 14, Physician Scientist Trainee and Participant in the Exceptionally Gifted and the Honors Scholars Program, Mary Baldwin College
Our August Amazing Kid! Of the Month:
Amazing Kids! presents our August Amazing Kid! of the Month, an inspiring story of an ambitious, hard working and enterprising fourteen-year-old teen from Clarksburg, Maryland, Marne Garretson. A brief look at the list of her accomplishments will show you just why we think Marne is truly one “Amazing Kid.” Not only is Marne an Advanced Placement Power Scholar at Clarksburg High School, she is also the founder of not one, but two businesses: Educational Books & Media, an e-bookstore that is an approved seller with Amazon.com, and SheaMarne, a company that manufactures scented body butter made from shea butter.
But that’s not all: Amazing Marne dreams of someday becoming a physician scientist and has already taken some major steps towards realizing her dream. For the past two summers she has been participating in Temple University’s Physician Scientist Training Program. She will be joining the Class of 2013 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia this Fall, 2009, and will be participating in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and the Honors Scholars Program!
B. C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine, had once said “Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after the opportunity.” Marne Garretson is doing just that. We hope that her story will inspire you to “go after the opportunity,” and to start working towards launching your dream for your own amazing future today!
About Amazing Marne
Fourteen-year-old Marne Garretson of Clarksburg, Maryland has recently completed her freshman year in high school, but she is not the average high school student. Marne has dreamed of becoming a physician since elementary school. In fact, when one of her elementary school assignments required her to make a presentation on how she would spend a million dollars, Marne talked to her class about opening an obstetric practice. Her presentation was so detailed and well-thought out, that it included a 3D model of what her office would look like and a budget!
Marne says: “Since that time, I looked for any opportunity to prepare me for a career in medicine.”
Marne is determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a physician scientist and she has been working very hard towards achieving her dream. She was an Advanced Placement Power Scholar at her high school last year and completed the school year with a 3.8 GPA.
Now Marne plans to major in Clinical Laboratory Science in college, with a minor in Health Care Management. She also wants to work in a lab for two years while a pursuing a Masters in Public Health or Hospital Administration, and then enter a MD/PhD Program in medical school. For the next two summers, she will also be conducting research with her mentor, a physician scientist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marne believes that most young people tend to wait until their parents and teachers tell them to do something; however, Marne prefers not to do that.
“I believe that teens should develop leadership skills so that they can set goals and plan how they can start working toward these goals now. Remember, you do not have to wait until you are an adult to start your career,” she explains.
Marne is currently participating in a Physician Scientist Training Program. It is a longitudinal program that prepares students to enter the biomedical field. For two summers, she attended classes taught by medical students in topics such as: statistics, anatomy, histology, microbiology, genetics, scientific writing, scientific presentation. She also made presentations on HIV/AIDS, Diabetes and Hypertension.
This summer, she is conducting research with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at the Hahnemann University Hospital at Drexel University. Her research project is the “Acellularized Murine Myocardium as a Tissue-Specific Scaffold for Cardiac Tissue Engineering and Transplants.”
This Fall, Marne will be joining the class of 2013 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia where she’ll be participating in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and the Honors Scholars Program. She plans to major in Clinical Laboratory Science there.
Marne is also a dedicated volunteer. At Christmastime in December 2008, she served as a Trauma Radiology Volunteer at the University of Maryland Medical Center, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, in the Trauma Radiology Department. While volunteering, she completed 75 hours of clinical work, working for incredibly long, 8-11 hour shifts, including holidays!
Marne has received numerous awards and honors, including being honored as a:
• Silver Medalist in the NAACP ACT SO National Competition, in the Entrepreneurship Category
• Quarterfinalist in the “We the People” National High School Moot Court Competition, at the Washington College of Law, at American University
• 2009 Semifinalist-Aspirations in Computing Award sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology
You can see a complete list of her honors on her website: www.marnegarretson.com/Honors.html
Marne’s Amazing Mentor
“My mentor is Dr. Moses Williams, founder and director of the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). Dr. Williams helped me to learn study skills. He helped to inspire me to get ready for medical school by developing a curriculum vitae and a portfolio,” Marne says.
The PSTP is a longitudinal program that prepares students to enter the biomedical field. Dr. Williams has helped students for the past 18 years. The program selects 7th grade students to become trainees. Each summer they participate in a residential program. The program is affectionately known as the “middle school to medical school program.” For the first two summers, trainees learn about college level science. These courses are taught by medical students. Students take: scientific writing, scientific presentation, statistics, and “wet bench.” “Wet bench” is a combination of courses including microbiology, cell biology, chemistry, and genetics. For the next two summers, trainees conduct research in a medical school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and work with a mentor scientist. The next summer is spent at the National Institutes of Health and the next summers are spent working in pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Williams’ famous quote is: “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late.”
Marne’s Advice for Kids
Marne lives in Clarksburg, Maryland with her mother. “I owe my success to my mother. She supports me in my activities and she inspires me to succeed in all I do,” she says.
Marne has spent a lot of time studying outside of class. “I’ve had to spend time preparing for exams and projects, studying for standardized tests like the AP (Advanced Placement) Government Exam, PSAT, SAT, and preparing for Model UN Conferences, Debate Tournaments and Moot Court Competitions,” she says.
However, it’s not all work and no play for Marne. Her hobbies include swimming, horse back riding, volleyball, softball, and basketball. She has also played on the JV Volleyball Team and the JV Softball Team. She was a member of the Debate and Model United Nations Club. You can see a complete list of Marne’s extensive activities on her website at: www.marnegarretson.com/Activities.html
She is also the founder of Educational Books & Media, an e-bookstore that is an approved seller with Amazon.com and the founder of SheaMarne, a company that manufactures scented body butter made from shea butter.
So, what does Marne have to say to other kids and teens, especially those who wish to attend early college:
“My advice for students who want to enter college early is to make sure that you are ready to adjust to college life. Going to college as a freshman in most cases will mean that you will have to get along with your roommate.
“It will also mean being away from home. I would recommend attending residential summer programs first to experience about living on your own. Student should make sure that they have learned how to problem solve, overcome challenges, and how to seek out resources for help,” she concludes.
All of us at Amazing Kids! look forward to following Marne’s amazing journey towards launching her dream of becoming a physician scientist someday. Best of luck Marne and keep up the amazing work!
- If you would like to know more about Marne, please visit: www.marnegarretson.com
- To know more about the Physician Scientist Training program, download their .pdf document from: http://www.pafaculty.net/biology/SummerOpps/web-content/PSTP%2520Brochure%25202007.pdf
- Program for Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College: http://www.mbc.edu/peg/
- To learn more about the Volunteer Services of University of Maryland Medical Center, visit http://www.umm.edu/resources/vol_serv.htm
- Website for Advance Placement Power Scholars program at Clarksburg High School: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/clarksburghs/special_programs/APPS/index.htm
- Website for Perspectives Debate Camp, which helps students develop their debate skills: http://www.perspectivesdebate.org/news/4th-pdi-a-success.
- Website of the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab in Hawaii:
- To learn more about Duke University Talent Identification Scholar Weekends, visit: http://www.tip.duke.edu/academic_year_programs/scholar_weekends/
- Harvard National Model United Nations website: http://www.hnmun.org/2008/websys.exe?file=index.html