posted on December 10, 2013 09:52
Story by Lieutenant Teng K. Ooi, PhD, USNA/UCLA/VPI/UAH and Missile Defense Agency
The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chemistry Department honors Midshipman First Class Eric William Emerling, who received the 2013 Navy Medical Scholarship for Graduate Education. This award recognizes Emerling’s superior scholastic academic achievements, his demonstrated accomplishments in athletics and extracurricular activities and his commitment to serve in the military.
Emerling graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and will attend Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. There, he will pursue a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree funded by the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program. After completing his degree, he will return to active duty in the Medical Corps and will attend residency in one of the Navy’s teaching hospitals.
“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunities I have been able to take part in throughout my four years at the Naval Academy,” said Emerling. “I would not be where I am now without these experiences that allowed me to achieve my full potential. I know the skills I learned at the Naval Academy will be with me for the rest of my career as a naval officer and as a physician.”
In addition to being recognized for his medical education scholarship, Emerling was named a Midshipman Action Group Awardee for his efforts in various community outreach projects. Emerling also received the Midshipmen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (MSTEM) Volunteer Service Award for his contribution to the MSTEM group.
Photo caption: Dr. Mark M. Murray, left, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, presents the MSTEM Volunteer Service Award to Midshipman First Class Eric Emerling. Photo courtesy of Gin Kai.