COSAM News Articles 2022 July COSAM Graduation Marshal seeks to advance the field of medicine as an academic surgeon

COSAM Graduation Marshal seeks to advance the field of medicine as an academic surgeon

Published: 07/29/2022

By: Maria Gebhardt

J.P. Gibson will represent the College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, at the summer commencement ceremony as the college’s Graduation Marshal.

A native of Chilton County, he will proudly carry the COSAM flag into the graduation ceremony.

“As a first-generation college student, it is an honor to me to represent COSAM,” Gibson said. “It is rewarding to see that my leadership skills and hard work are being recognized.”  

Gibson will graduate with a major in biomedical sciences, interdisciplinary health sciences paired with a minor in human development and family science. During his time as an undergraduate student, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, American Red Cross Club and Genetics Club. Prior to Auburn, he attended Isabella High School.

“I want to advance the field of medicine by becoming an academic surgeon and producing high-quality research,” Gibson said.

He is interested in cognitive neuroscience, especially trauma-related research, and the role of trauma physicians.

“I am fascinated with how we learn best and with the cognitive processes that make us who we are,” Gibson said.

He has pushed himself to be his best and that can be seen in his dedication to quickly finish his degree.

“Last semester, I completed 26 course credits and this summer aims to finish 30 credits or 10 classes,” Gibson explained.

After graduation, he will begin a Master of Public Health program before he pursues medical school.

“By earning this master’s degree, it will give me an opportunity to discuss problems and scenarios that I may not normally realize,” he said.

That additional insight will help give his unique perspectives during medical school.   

Gibson reflects about his college perspective during COVID.

“A favorite quote of mine is, ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’ Although COVID was a big part of my college experience, it never stopped me from enjoying my time at Auburn,” Gibson added.

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