Next fall, Cody Mabe ’19, will start his junior year with a leg up on his studies, his head filled with new knowledge and his heart, quite likely, racing with enthusiasm for research.
Selected from among 139 applicants nationwide, Cody, a native of Salisbury, N.C., is one of 25 undergraduate, graduate and medical school students who will participate in the 2017 Cannon Summer Scholars Program at Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS). Over ten weeks this summer, this group of talented students will work closely with mentors who are performing original research in the clinics or laboratories of Carolinas HealthCare System in areas such as rehabilitation research, heart and vascular research, general surgery and more.
Cody, an exercise science major, will work with the ALS Clinical/Motor Performance Laboratory program under the direction of Mohamed Sanjak, PT, Ph.D., MBA, to study the ways therapeutic physical exercise, resistance and aerobic exercise, and balance therapy affect patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“This program offers a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team that engages in original research—something I’ve always wanted to pursue. I’m very grateful that Dr. Sherry Adams encouraged me to apply,” said Cody, who will continue to work weekends at a GNC store near his home to supplement the internship’s $5,000 stipend. “The experience will be tremendously helpful when preparing a resume that demonstrates my readiness for graduate level research and work.”
In addition to completing the research component of the program, Cannon Scholars Summer Program participants attend lectures and didactic sessions, shadow CHS clinicians, and share their research plans with one another and faculty. They’re also encouraged to attend faculty presentations that offer exposure to areas of interest outside of their assigned research groups. At the program’s conclusion, each student will present findings related to his or her project, with prizes awarded for the best presentation.
“Cody—who works while taking a full course load including Honors Program requirements, maintains a 4.0 GPA, always has a positive outlook and helps his classmates when they need it—will surely succeed as a Cannon Summer Scholar,” said Dr. Sherry Adams, assistant professor of health and exercise science. “His attitude alone will afford him success in any endeavor.”