Case’s Mathur makes USA Today‘s third team
Junior is majoring in religion, currently spending year abroad at Oxford
Sunjay Mathur, of Highland Heights, Ohio, and a junior religion major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, was named a member of the USA Today All-USA College Third Academic Team.
Mathur is currently spending his junior year abroad at Oxford University. When he returns to Case for his senior year, he plans to start classes for medical school. He has been part of the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in medicine.
However, his involvement in medicine started early on in his Case career. Along with his mentor Robert Friedland, a professor of neurology at the Case School of Medicine, Mathur started the Journal Distribution Project in his freshman year here. The project collects medical journals that doctors and researchers have slated for the trash or recycle bins.
“These journals are for doctors or clinicians who don’t have computer or electronic access to the online journals,” Mathur explained by phone from England. He sees the project as a way of improving public health while also being environmentally proactive.
Working through the Iraq Society at Oxford, Mathur sent his first shipment of journals to Iraq in January.
This project also earned him the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholar scholarship in his sophomore year, in recognition for activities that improve the environment.
While at Case, Mathur also has been involved in a number of research projects. Last summer, he was a researcher with the Cancer Disparity Project of the Center for Science, Health and Society. Mathur’s studies examined the disparity in diagnosis and treatment for preventable cancers among patients in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. He also has done some medical research in the areas of muscular dystrophy and genetics.
As part of a religion course for majors, Mathur was among the Case students who conducted a survey on student attitudes about religion and spirituality on campus.
In addition to research and his community service projects like tutoring for chemistry and collection medical supplies for the Global Medicine Relief Program at Case, Mathur is a member of the Entrepreneurship Club, Sierra Club and several campus choirs.
Mathur, who maintains a 3.96 grade point average, is a 2002 graduate of University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
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