Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wes Green, right, recently learned he was among the two- and four-year college students accepted into the 2012 Summer Palmetto Academy.  Green was one of two technical college students accepted. He is pictured with adjunct instructor Drew McRae.

Wes Green Accepted into 2012 Summer Palmetto Academy, Awarded $5,000 Grant from the S.C. Space Grant Consortium


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            6/21/2012

                                                                                                (By Lisa Garrett)

            PENDLETON --- When adjunct biology instructor Drew McRae got a departmental e-mail with information about a grant opportunity for students through the S.C. Space Grant Consortium, Wes Green immediately came to his mind.

            Green, a 26-year-old single parent, with the goal of becoming a physician, was a student in McRae's biology classes at Tri-County Technical College.  Green was taking university transfer classes before transferring to Clemson. 

            "My experience with Wes in class, his work ethic, drive and capability of performing at a high level, made him a good candidate for being chosen as a grant recipient," said McRae.

            Green applied and recently learned he was among the two- and four-year college students accepted into the 2012 Summer Palmetto Academy.  Green was one of two technical college students accepted.  He was awarded a $5,000 grant from the S.C. Space Grant Consortium.  He also was one of 10 transfer students accepted into Clemson's Health Science Department and will enter this fall.

            "I was so surprised and very grateful," said Green, the first in his family to attend college.  He attended a meeting in Charleston June 7 and will begin his summer research under the director of Dr. Delphine Dean of Clemson University's Bioengineering Department.  This summer he will work with her on researching the effects of ionizing radiation on articular cartilage of astronauts in space. 

            "When astronauts go into space, studies have shown that they lose their inate shielding," explained McRae.  "Our atmosphere on earth blocks most high energy radiation but in space the body's tissues (in this case, cartilage) can be damaged when exposed to the radiation in space."

            Green, who earned a certificate in university studies before transferring to Clemson, says affordability and location factored into his decision to enter Tri-County.  "I've had a very good experience.  It has taught me about what I am capable of, including my strengths and weaknesses as a person and as a student.  Mr. McRae, in particular, has been tremendously helpful. Without him I never would have known about the grant opportunity."

            "This will be a fantastic, unique experience for Wes," said McRae, "and will stand out on his resume.  Wes has definite goals in mind and this research will give him invaluable experience." 

            "It's a great way to spend the summer," said Green, who after working in carpentry and later in quality control, reevaluated his life and decided to pursue his dream.  That's what led him to Tri-County.

            "I'm happy with where I am now. I have direction and I have drive.  I know where I want to go.  Tri-County helped me to define that goal," said Green.


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