Those who supervised Plain’s internship said the award was well deserved and no surprise to them.
“In our eyes, Pam is a rock star,” Henry said. “The truth is, we really do not know what we would have done without Pam Plain this past summer. She performed a superior job spearheading the planning and logistics of packing and shipping all the supplies for the tissue drive we were planning in Kenya, and she was able to harvest information about the process we never would have had otherwise. Pam outlined what she would accomplish, how she intended to accomplish it and then delivered everything she promised.”
In addition to items needed to collect tissue samples, the Komen Center shipped vitamins, incubators and other biomedical supplies to the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital in Kenya.
Plain graduates in May and hopes to find a job near Indianapolis so she can begin working on her master’s degree at the School of Public Health at IUPUI. Her goal is to earn her Ph.D. before she turns 60.
“I really feel passionate about breast cancer, so if there is a job I can do in breast cancer research, I would be thrilled with that,” she said. “I also have a huge passion for cardiovascular health. I work at the Heart Center in Indianapolis, and I’ve learned that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and of adults worldwide. I hope to funnel one of my passions into a job in the health realm, where I can make a difference.”
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