Some of the world’s most impactful scientists are those with a passion and a vision for creating positive change in the world. Jeromey Beaman, a recipient of the 2014 Novelis STEM Scholarships, is on track to becoming one of those scientists.
A pre-med student at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Jeromey is pursuing a major in biology and plans to go on to practice in neonatology – a subspecialty of pediatrics focused on newborn infant care, especially for the ill or premature.
We asked Jeromey a few questions about where he gets his inspiration and desire to pursue a career in science and medicine. Here’s what he said:
Why do you want to pursue a career in science and medicine? Since I was 10 years old, I have always dreamed of becoming a physician. I have a strong passion for helping others in any way that I can. Thankfully, I developed a passion for the sciences and excelled throughout high school, and thus far in college. I feel that my passion for science and helping others will allow me to succeed in becoming a physician, andI hope to one day help families and children who are born with diseases such as autism and Down syndrome.
Why did you choose neonatology? I chose neonatology because I have a sincere passion for wanting to help newborn babies with mild to severe complications. My little brother was born with a mild case of Autism, and he requires special care. Autism continues to increasingly affect more children born around the world today and the need will become increasingly greater for physicians, researchers, etc. who can work together toward solutions for Autism and all the other diseases and conditions that affect children today. I will be one of those people to help!
How has your mother encouraged you? My mom is the number one supporter in everything I have done in my life thus far. She continues to guide me through any endeavors I face. Without her I would not be the man that I have grown into today and I thank her for that.
Who inspires you? My mentor is Dr. Brian Sims. Despite his position and title, he is never too busy to help anyone who aspires to reach a goal in pursuing a career in medicine.