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From Bakersfield to a ‘Peaceful’ Place to Pursue Science, Medicine

July 2, 2024


This is part of a series of profiles of new UC Merced Bobcats enrolled for the fall 2024 semester.

San Joaquin Valley native Anmol Kaur is well on her way to making a splash in the worlds of science and medicine. The Bakersfield resident, coming to UC Merced as a first-year student, parlayed strong experiences in high school into a slot in the second SJV PRIME+ medical education cohort.

Kaur is poised to follow a path taken by her parents, who both have careers in medicine.

Where I come from: I grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Stockdale High School.

What I've done: I maintained a 4.5 GPA in high school and was accepted into the Project Lead the Way biomedical science program. I experienced hands-on activities like analyzing DNA, dissecting organs and conducting a pig autopsy. I co-founded W.I.S.E. (Women in STEM Education), a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and educating young girls about STEM careers. We supported our community by organizing online seminars, holding robotics and microscopy analysis workshops for middle schoolers, and awarding scholarships to high schoolers.

Why are you excited about coming to UC Merced? As someone who grew up in the Central Valley, UC Merced's quiet, peaceful location feels like a comfortable fit. My acceptance into the SJV PRIME+ BS/MD pathway was a major factor in my decision to attend the university.

Academic and personal goals: As a biological sciences major, I hope to continue expanding my experience and interest in the fields of science and medicine. With the support of those around me, I am committed to preparing for medical school. Beyond that, I plan to volunteer within my community, connect with new people, and make lasting memories.

My favorite food: All kinds of fruits.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl.

You can teleport anywhere in the world for a three-day weekend. Where do you go? I would love to explore Italy’s scenic towns.

Quotable: “After meeting members of the previous SJV PRIME+ cohort and seeing how close everyone became throughout the year, I am looking forward to gaining new experiences and developing similar relationships.”