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Tyler Quest of Casper, a University of Wyoming medical education student, was named the region's 2010-2011 Magnuson Scholar, available to outstanding students attending the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM).
The Warren G. Magnuson Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professional Training awards only one scholarship per year to a student attending the UWSOM. Quest, a first year WWAMI student, was selected for his academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences.
During his undergraduate days as a biology major with the goal of becoming a WWAMI student, Quest led UW's Campus Volunteer Team for two years, participated in the Honors Program and researched obesity and its impact on reproductive health. He credits his family, friends and faculty teachers and mentors for his success and looks forward to returning to Wyoming to practice medicine and to "give back to the state that has provided me unparalleled opportunity for the past 24 years."
The University of Wyoming participates in WWAMI, an acronym for the five states that participate in the program: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Students that complete this four-year medical education program receive their doctor of medicine degree (M.D.) from the UWSOM.