Partnership Between Howard University Medical School and Miles College
When Boubini Jones-Wonni graduated from High School in Nigeria, she packed up her bags and headed to Miles College, in Birmingham, Alabama, to enroll in the college’s highly esteemed Pre-Med program. On May 5th, 2018, Boubini earned the distinction of graduating as the valedictorian of her 2018 graduating class. She also received an invitation to study medicine at Howard University Medical School and, thus, she becomes the first Miles’ student beneficiary of the partnership agreement between Miles College and Howard Medical School, in Washington, DC.
This collaboration provides the opportunity for top STEM scholars from Miles College to apply to Howard University Medical School.
A Goal of Excellence
President Wayne Frederick of Howard University says that “collaboration with other HBCUs allows us to attract the best and brightest to our medical school. These students come from various backgrounds but share a common goal of excellence.”
President George T. French, Jr. of Miles College agrees, stating that “the strong relationship between Miles College and Howard University provides a very attractive incentive for our highly motivated students in the STEM program to aspire to study medicine at Howard University medical school.”
An Investment in STEM
President French goes on to say that Miles College has invested millions of dollars to enhance and upgrade the college’s science facilities. Taggart Hall renovations send a clear message that Miles College is putting its students first, as the college builds state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, Including a biotechnology lab, molecular biology and chemical screening labs, a mammalian cell culture lab, a 100-seat capacity lecture hall, all new LED-lighting, new heating and air conditioning, and expanded research capacity.
“Miles College is aggressive in pursuing intentional and deliberate strategies to strengthen our STEM program.”Miles President George T. French
Boubini Jones-Wonni knew exactly what she wanted to do after her undergraduate studies. She has always wanted to be a doctor. The collaboration between Miles College and Howard University made Miles College the obvious choice for Boubini after she finished high school at the top of her graduating class. She traveled about eight thousand miles to enroll in the STEM program at Miles College. It is anticipated that this collaboration will help train many Miles College STEM graduates in medicine and in other related STEM fields of study.