Justice Spriggs- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar

I am a medical student at the University of Minnesota in the class of 2023. Originally born in Fargo, ND, I have lived in Minnesota since I was two years old. I graduated from St. Anthony Village High School in 2015 and from Hamline University in 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry. During undergrad, I played four years of football as a quarterback for Hamline, and I am a huge Vikings and Twins fan…. Read More

Bailey Abernathy- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar

Bailey was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Her parents found her standing on her head watching television and took that as a sign to put her in gymnastics. She fell in love with the sport and never looked back. In fact, gymnastics is what brought her to the University of Minnesota as a member of the Division I women’s gymnastics team – Go Gophers! Bailey majored in physiology and minored in… Read More

Jamee Schoephoerster- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar

“Jamee grew up in the Mound, MN attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biology and Environmental Sciences with a Mathematics minor. She spent her gap year conducting cardiovascular research and providing counseling services through the Rape Crisis Center in Dane county. She enjoys spending time outside and hopes to spend many nights sleeping under the stars this summer. Her pediatrician was one of the sources of her encouragement and interest in… Read More

Alexandra Austin- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar

I grew up in the Twin Cities and initially became interested in medicine because of my parents, who are radiologists. In college, I discovered my enthusiasm for clinical research. As a medical student at the University of Minnesota, I am now excited to continue to pursue my passion for medical research in Dr. Christopher Weight’s research lab using artificial intelligence to identify and classify kidney cancer on CT scans. As my parents… Read More

Sean Thomas McSweeney- 2019 Climb4KC Scholar

Sean grew up in Burnsville, MN, and attended UW-Madison for undergrad (Go badgers!!). In his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and family, staying active by going to the gym, watching sports, and reading. His friends and he were on a hot streak of trivia wins this summer, so he’d like to continue that going into the fall. He loves the continuous learning that you get from medicine…. Read More

Sarah Peterson- 2019 Climb4KC Scholar

Sarah became interested in medicine after taking a Human Medicine course in high school and discovering her fascination with the human body. Kidney cancer specifically interests her because of its increasing prevalence in the United States and the ever-growing pool of research about treatment options. She enjoys hiking, baking, and making music in her free time. As a C4KC scholar, Sarah participated in the conduction of a literature review which was made… Read More

Ranveer Vasdev- 2019 Climb4KC Scholar

Ranveer’s family is originally from East Africa, India, and England but he was born and raised in Rochester, MN! Before coming to the U for Medical School, he studied Music Performance and Neurobiology at UW Madison! In his spare time, he plays and teaches music, lifts weights, and plays with his two Shih Tzus! In high school, he thought he wanted to become a professional bassoonist and perform in an orchestra. But… Read More

Zach Edgerton- 2019 Climb4KC Scholar

Zach grew up in Hermantown, MN, just outside of Duluth. He has two siblings, an older sister who is a doctor, and a younger brother who is going into law. He enjoys playing hockey, golfing, reading, camping, hiking, and hopelessly cheering for the Vikings. He became interested in medicine while volunteering in a hospital while in college in Chicago. While in his gap year, he began working with a urologist in Duluth… Read More

Heather Kaluzniak- 2018 Climb4KC Scholar

Heather grew up in Plymouth, MN. Her “grandpa” is a family physician and was her source of inspiration and interest in medicine growing up. Heather finds kidneys interesting because they work to maintain homeostasis. She worked on the nephrometry project with the other C4KC scholars and is proud of what the team has achieved. She hopes that the research “will be able to give patients a little more insight into their disease… Read More

Keenan Moore-2018 Climb4KC Scholar

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Keenan is an undergraduate student at Carleton College and a part of the college baseball team. As a pre-medicine student, he had reached out to Dr. Weight and was offered the opportunity to get involved in the exciting research on automation of CT-nephrometry scores. He likes oncology because it allows him to contribute to work that has the potential to save lives. Keenan says that the C4KC… Read More