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Pursuing excellence at Johns Hopkins

When Kelsey Stuttgen broke her leg in seventh grade, it set her on a course to not only graduate from college in three years but also to earn acceptance into one of the top biomedical research schools in the country.

The 2015 UW-Eau Claire biology graduate from Eau Claire started her graduate career working toward a Ph.D. in the department of human genetics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. She began the first of three research rotations on June 1 in a breast cancer research lab.

Seeing how doctors help patients and families inspired Stuttgen to go into medical research. She began taking classes at UW-Eau Claire during her senior year at Altoona High School, enrolling in biology and pre-medicine after graduation.

“Even as a high school student I felt immediately welcomed at UW-Eau Claire,” Stuttgen said. “The professors are not only excellent teachers, they are also excellent advisers and mentors.”

Photo caption: Kelsey Stuttgen, right, with mentor  Julie Anderson, director of the Health Careers Center at UW-Eau Claire.