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Courtney Wombles

Title of Program: Premedical and Scientific Illustration

E-mail Address: cwombles@vols.utk.edu

Hometown:Loudon, TN

Year:Freshman

Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2020

Description of Program:Throughout my “Premedical and Scientific Illustration” program, I plan to pursue studies with both pre-medical and artistic emphases. Ideally, my studies will be filled with art, graphic design, biology, and pre-medical courses. Combining medical-related sciences and artistic design will allow me to pursue the practice of biomedical visualization, or medical illustration. A means of biocommunication, medical illustration transforms complex scientific information into a medium understandable and applicable to vast audiences

Departmental Emphases: Pre-Medicine, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Art, Graphic Design.

Faculty Mentor: Mr. Beauvais Lyons, Art and Mr. John Mark Alston, BCMB/EEB

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): An emphasis in Premedical and Scientific Illustration will provide me with the prerequisites and experience necessary for graduate study with the intent of earning a degree from an accredited graduate program in medical illustration. After earning this degree, I plan to seek board certification and work in collaboration with doctors and other professionals in environments such as hospitals, medical schools, research institutions, and medical publishers. Many medical illustrators are physicians as well, so my undergraduate degree will prepare me for medical school should I choose to pursue such an opportunity.

Other Academic Interests: Spanish.

Study Abroad: I plan to study abroad in Summer 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland as a member of the Haslam Scholars Program.

Research Experiences or Internships: In 2016, I shadowed and worked closely with Tiffany Slaybaugh DaVanzo, certified medical illustrator and owner of Slaybaugh Studios, to learn more about her career and explore the possibility of entering the discipline myself. Working with her guidance and access to professional technology, I created a portfolio of medical illustrations detailing some basic, microscopic components of human anatomy and biomedical processes.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Haslam Scholars Program, 2016 Cohort; TEDxUTK, Speaker Committee; Volunteer and Tutor at Inskip Community School; Tennis; Reading


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