Throughout his academic career here at Thomas More College, James has always performed exceptionally well and, as noted by both his science and no-science instructors alike, is always one of the top performers in class. James declared Biology as his major and also elected to earn a Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as an Associate Degree in History. Despite his heavy course load, James managed to maintain an excellent overall GPA (3.85). His academic success is reflected not only by his GPA, but also by his inclusion on the Dean's high honor list every semester he has been at Thomas More College and his induction into the Beta Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.
Due to James' excellent academic performance, his natural curiosity and his demonstrated critical thinking skills, he was able to secure a research position with Dr. K.Siobhan Barone as a St. Thomas More Fellow. James, along with a fellow student, presented his findings at the Argonne Undergraduate Symposium, outside of Chicago, IL this past fall (2011). In addition, he and his coauthors was awarded the Dean's Award of Excellence in the Sciences at the TMC Undergraduate Research Forum, and took Second Place for Poster Presentation at the Regional Tri-Beta Conference held at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana (both held in March, 2012).
As a gregarious, gifted and involved Biology student, James was an obvious choice when it came to selecting students for the Biology Department's Student Ambassador Program to assist the faculty with prospective students. In addition, James' generous and empathetic nature is evident in his desire to help others, both on and off campus. He has tutored students in urban grade schools, volunteered to work at Winter Wonderland (a Christmas time event for underprivileged children) and worked as a camp counselor during the summers at the 4-H Club.
James has participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including the Biology club, the Beta Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Pre-Health Professionals (PHP) club. In all of these clubs, James held or holds leadership positions; he was elected vice president of the Biology club and president of both the PHP Club and the BBB Society as a sophomore and continues to holds these positions today. While in a position of leadership, James helped to organize several interesting debates on health issues, bring in outside speakers to speak on research activities and organize student trips to scientific meetings. There are numerous other activities that James has participated in, including attending the University of Cincinnati's Mini Medical College, working as an intern at the Thomas More College Biology Field Station, enjoying various activities sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Club and playing a number of intramural sports. It should also be noted that during the summers, James works on his parent's farm in California, KY, helping them during the "busy season".
James' career goal is to work as a Pediatric Physician. Currently he has been accepted at, and plans to attend the University of Louisville School of Medicine after graduating from Thomas More College.