Winona native and 2002 Saint Mary's University alumnus Joseph Roche is one of two recipients of the 2007 Armand J. Quick Award for Outstanding Senior Medical Students in Biochemistry. The award was given May 17 at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Roche received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from SMU and completed his undergraduate honors thesis work at the University of Minnesota. His work there was part of a larger effort to create a system for the identification and tracking of groundwater contamination sources. Following his graduation, he worked for a year at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. Roche entered the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2003. Upon graduation, he will begin a research track residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will allow for two additional years of research training. He plans to become a productive researcher, an outstanding surgeon and a dedicated teacher in the field of academic otolaryngology.
The award honors the memory of Quick, chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, and is given to students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in biochemistry and research with a dedication to future medical research.