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Wayland student accepted to Johns Hopkins summer program

Plainview native Raelene Trudeau, a sophomore at Wayland Baptist University, was among only 50 students chosen nationwide to participate in a summer program at internationally-recognized Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Raelene Trudeau in WBU science labCalled the "Summer Institute in Anatomy," the program is only open to students at other universities who are planning a career in some area of medicine. Interested students must complete an application, an essay detailing their career goals and how the program would help them, and show courses already taken on the college level.

Trudeau, who currently is a pre-pharmacy major, said she has some interest in pursuing the forensic sciences. She thought the Johns Hopkins program - taught in the anatomy lab by professors who teach first-year medical students - would help her decide if she could work with human cadavers.

The daughter of Pat and Karen Trudeau of Plainview, Raelene has worked with the Hale County Sheriff's Office in bookkeeping and has had employees there encourage her to pursue forensics as a career. She admits a fascination in that area.

The course at Johns Hopkins will be held from June 4-29 and she and other participants will be staying on the campus. Besides four hours daily of class time and studying for exams, Trudeau plans to do some sight-seeing while in Maryland.