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Conrad Scholars at the July 13 event Nearly 30 Conrad scholars listen to panelists at the beginning of the evening. By the end of the night, more than 60 students arrived to learn about the graduate and professional school programs in the metroplex.

Photos by John Sims

Diversity highlighted as one of BCD’s strengths during Conrad leadership program

“We need the workforce to reflect the population,” Dr. Jayne Reuben, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, told a crowd of more than 60 Conrad scholars on July 13.

Reuben emphasized diversity as one of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s leading strengths during her presentation at the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program Graduate and Professional School Seminar.

July 13 Conrad scholars event

LaJuana Barton, chief of staff for Sen. Royce West,
coordinates the annual event at the college. She is shown above,
center, discussing the program with representatives of local
graduate programs.

Some of the other key traits that make TAMHSC-BCD distinctive are its student research program, simulation labs and copious patient interaction opportunities, she said.

Reuben was one of five panelists during the event, which was in the Richard E. Bradley Continuing Education Center on the college’s sixth floor. Other area schools and military branches represented included Dallas Baptist University, SMU Dedman School of Law, The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the U.S. Army.

The evening, geared toward educating students on admission into graduate and professional schools, is now in its 13th year and seems to be gaining strength — shortly after the panelists began, the crowd swelled, filling nearly all seats in the audience.

TAMHSC-BCD has hosted the graduate and professional school seminar since 1999, when it was developed from Sen. Royce West’s 1993 initiative to foster paid internship opportunities for students living in Senatorial District 23.