President’s Medal winner Zachary John Robinson is planning to attend the University of Queensland Medical School in Australia – pending acceptance – now that he has graduated from Carleton with a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in psychology.
The 20-year-old admits, “It’s very exciting to win this medal. I am kind of shocked because I just wrapped up my degree and was starting to move on. But I’m very thankful to the school and their commitment to recognizing their students.”
Robinson, who turns 21 at the end of July, intends to stay in the medical field and potentially go into research and teaching. The majority of his courses and his time at Carleton were focused in neuroscience in the bachelor of science program but he switched to psychology last year in order to finish early. He believes the plethora of psychology courses has really broadened his interests.
“Neuroscience has always been something I have been interested in and Carleton offers an excellent program. My profs were exceptional and I owe much of my success to their dedication. The campus is quite tight-knit and a nice place to spend a few years. And Ottawa is an excellent city.”
As Robinson moves on, he hopes to bridge the gap between medical researchers and practitioners.
“The communication network between those who commit their life to research and those who are out there practising, well, there seems to be a significant disconnect,” Robinson notes. “I want to see research become much more applicable. Interesting and important things are being discovered and they are not making it to the front lines.”
At Carleton, Robinson was heavily involved with the Pre-Medical Society, whose support he found invaluable. In his final year, he also worked closely with the Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT) and the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program, teaching weekly tutorials to first-year chemistry students.