Eamon McCarron's enthusiasm for science and research is obvious. Even in his first-year of studies, the chemistry student says he's hoping pursue a career in research.
"That's one of the reasons I chose Mount A," he says. "I wanted a small school with opportunities for student research. Mount A seemed like a good fit."
McCarron is the recipient of a Bell Scholarship, one of the top entrance awards at Mount A. A graduate of Cobequid Education Centre (CEC) in Truro, NS, McCarron plans to continue in graduate studies following his Bachelor's degree and work in research.
"There are some really neat studies around gene therapy and gene editing," he says. "I think that's fascinating. I'd love to explore this area of research."
Outside the classroom and the lab, McCarron is a volunteer with Best Buddies — a program working with adults with special needs, Let's Talk Science — a science outreach organization, and Enactus MtA.
"I've worked specifically with the Textbook Osmosis project organized by Enactus," explains McCarron. "Through Textbook Osmosis students collect old textbooks to send to other organizations such as hospitals, refugee centres, and penitentiaries. I helped build a website for the group last semester."
The son of two teachers, McCarron was also involved in several school and community organizations in high school including CEC's school band program and Star — a community-based program working with kids with special needs in Truro.
His experience with the band program resulted in some first-hand directing during his senior year at CEC.
"I directed the pit band for a musical my high school produced last year," he says. "It was a lot of work but a great experience."