Brandon McDonald is a rising senior at the University of Rochester, where he majors in public health. Brandon is a resident advisor and participates in several organizations on campus such as the Leadership Development Program and Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness. Through Brandon’s coursework he had the opportunity to understand dilemmas between disparate populations. He decided to apply to Project L/EARN because it offered him an opportunity to engage in research that could impact the health services industry. Brandon’s educational goals include attending dental school and specializing in pediatric dental care. After completing Project L/EARN Brandon is now looking into dental programs with a strong public health focus.
The best part of the program for Brandon was getting the opportunity to develop and design his own research question while gaining valuable knowledge and skills on new research concepts. His main challenge was grasping such complex theories in a brief period of time. However, knowing he was surrounded by a supportive cohort encouraged him to push himself further and succeed. Brandon would like future interns to know “Project L/EARN helps you establish a relationship with an esteemed researcher in your field of interest and understand the important concepts that govern empirical research.”
This summer Brandon worked with Dr. Dorothy Gaboda and Mr. Jose Nova of the Center for State Health Policy. His work looks at the relationship between marital status and dental health services utilization. He is incredibly thankful to both his mentors for helping him understand the policy implications of his findings. He enjoyed the opportunity to discuss policies and regulations that act as barriers of access to the health service industry.