University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Sarpong '12 Presents Research on Malaria Treatment

Bridget Sarpong with mentors
Fran Delwiche, left, Bridget Sarpong and Burt Wilcke

Bridget Sarpong, a fourth-year Medical Laboratory Science major from the Bronx, New York, recently participated in the McNair Summer Research Program. Bridget presented her project, “Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Controlling Malaria in Infants and Children in Ghana" on August 1 at the eight annual McNair Symposium. Born and raised in Mpraeso, Ghana, Bridget has seen first-hand the devastating effect of widespread malaria, particularly in vulnerable populations like those less than five years of age. In her research on the use of intermittent preventive therapy Bridget saw some promise for success but also found that many challenges still exist in our ability to reduce the incidence of malaria in certain parts of the world, most notably sub-Saharan Africa. Bridget plans to use her strong medical science background to pursue doctoral level graduate or professional school studies, possibly in the areas of public health or pharmacy. She then plans to work on the challenges of dealing with global health problems like malaria. Bridget's faculty mentors for the summer research program were Fran Delwiche, MLIS, and Burt Wilcke, Ph.D.

Introduced at UVM in 2004, the mission of the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is to work with "undergraduates to increase the number of first generation, limited income and underrepresented minority students who earn a doctorate. The McNair Scholars Program provides students with critical academic, research and professional experiences to enhance their competitiveness in gaining admission to doctoral programs."