Student Spotlight - Michael Morley
Naperville, IL (Naperville North H.S.)
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2008
Major: B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Destination: Whitaker International Fellow, Colombia, South America
Stryker Award, multiple
Babcock Student Leadership Award
"Serve Above Self" Rotary Award for Leadership and Service to the community
Freshman Student of the Year
General Chemistry Student of the Year
Internationally then Specialty
After a year of continuing sponsored work in Colombia along with IPRO 309: Orthotics and Prosthetics in Latin America, I will head to medical school for orthopedic and trauma surgery.
Small Ratio, a Big Factor
I’ve always been involved, but especially because of the environment I’ve been made into a proactive leader. I wanted a smaller school with a personal approach that really encouraged interaction between students, professors, and administrators. At IIT, there’s always someone you know.
Opportunity Meets Preparation
At first I started the BME program because I could see technology advancing medicine, as the physical interactions of the human body are increasingly explored. IIT provided me with a knowledge base to start medical school and so much more. Now, the IPRO program has made me passionate about helping those in need of orthotics and prosthetics in Colombia. Additionally, thanks to IIT’s International Center, I was able to present research to 150 Colombian doctors and students because of a sponsored study abroad in Oviedo, Spain, where I became fluent in Spanish.
I was involved with 12 organizations during my freshman year, and lately it’s been about changing the tide and focusing on what matters the most. As president of Union Board, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in major initiatives at IIT, like programming and running the bands and events for the rebirth of The Bog, and resurrecting Scarlet Fever, the sports fan base. I also helped organize the annual IIT Pumpkin Launch, in addition to founding the Academic Integrity Special Committee with other faculty members and students.