Former Student of the Semester Awarded Student Engagement Scholarship

July 9, 2015



As a fifth semester physician-in-training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Wesley Nilsson has much to be proud of. He is not only the latest recipient of the Karl Stockhausen Student of the Semester Award and recent inductee into the Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society, but was also recently presented with the Student Engagement Scholarship.

Ronald Testa, PhD, medical sciences dean, awarded the Student Engagement Scholarship to Nilsson during the May 2015 semester’s Dean’s List Reception. This scholarship recognizes students whose activities as part of the campus community have helped to enhance and foster the AUC culture of collaboration.

“Nilsson has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the success of his fellow students as a lead teaching assistant,” said William Hayden, MD, EdD, associate professor, behavioral and clinical medicine. “He plays a leading role in the Harvey Lab by scheduling group sessions, orienting and training new Harvey teaching assistants and also provides group and peer-to-peer tutoring.”

“During my first semester, I took advantage of everything AUC has to offer and got involved with student organizations and community outreach,” said Nilsson. “At the same time, I learned what it meant to study for countless hours and how tutors can positively impact academic success. By becoming a tutor and TA, I’ve come full circle.”

In addition to leadership roles in an academic setting, Nilsson is also an active member of several student organizations including Phi Chi, a community service fraternity, the American Medical Student Association, and the Latino American Medical Student Association. He also serves as an orientation advisor for incoming students and resident advisors for those living in on-campus apartments.

As Nilsson prepares for the next phase of his medical education— clinical rotations – he is filled with excitement. “Although my time on campus is coming to an end, I am pleased to know that I have made an impact on the school, my fellow students and the community.”

Prior to enrolling at AUC, Wesley Nilsson, of Fruita, Colorado, earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Nevada Reno. 

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