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Jacob Brown: Macey Scholar, Biology Major

SOCORRO, N.M. May 9, 2013 – Jacob Brown discovered a calling to be a dentist after coming to New Mexico Tech.

The native of Truth or Consequences dropped in to the office of dentist Dr. Duane Beers in Socorro one day to ask about job shadowing opportunities. Soon after, he learned that Dr. Beers was hiring because fellow Tech student (and current Macey Scholar) Sohaib Soliman was leaving his job.


Jacob Brown, 2013-2014 Macey Scholar


“When I found out about the job, I immediately put in an application,” Brown said. “That’s been instrument in me deciding to pursue dentistry.”

In his application letter, he called the job with Dr. Beers “life-changing.”

Brown is a junior studying biology, with an emphasis on pre-dentistry. But he wasn’t always convinced that Tech was for him. As a high school student, he was set on attending either Brigham Young University or New Mexioc State University. His parents encouraged him to visit New Mexico Tech – and that one visit changed his mind.

“After visiting here, it obviously felt like it’d be a better place and more appropriate for me,” Brown said. “I have not once regretted the decision to attend this university and feel that my education has been priceless and my preparation for the workplace excellent.”

Brown – the middle of five sons – credits his parents, Wendy and Neal Brown, for giving him a solid work ethic. Brown wrote that he learned from their examples the importance of diligence, responsibility and enthusiasm for life.

“I have a unique relationship with my family,” he said. “My best friends are my immediate family. We just love spending time together – hikes, beach walks, science experiments, and projects.”

Brown was home-schooled for most of his youth, but finished his studies at Hot Springs High School. After completing a year at Tech, he decided to do a two-year mission to Central America. He worked in El Salvador from 2008 to 2010, which he calls the best years of his life.

“It wasn’t until I fully devoted my effort, money and time into serving those in El Salvador that I learned how important community service is,” he wrote.

He taught school, worked construction and gave religious education. For the last nine months, he served as president of a zone that included 14 missionaries in five cities.

On campus, he is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, has worked for the Student Government Association, and is active in Tri Beta Biology Club, Ballroom Dance Club and the Pat Miller Investment Club.

Dr. Reid Grigg, senior engineer at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center, wrote a recommendation for Brown. He wrote that Brown “demonstrates a flawless commitment to moral and ethical standards. … His gentle and kind personality makes him a pleasure to be around and he is always striving to make everybody happy.”

Dr. Snezna Rogelj, professor of biology, wrote that “Although deeply modest, Jacob is anything but paralyzed by his quiet, thoughtful nature; he is passionate about his studies, about his work with Dr. Beers, about his involvement in the many NMT clubs, about his community involvement and about his friendships on campus. It is a pleasure to have him in class and an honor to know him.”

Brown said he was surprised to learn he was selected as a Macey Scholar.

“I was surprised to be a Macey Scholar,” Brown said. “I definitely have looked up to the previous Macey Scholars. They are very qualified and are my role models.”

– NMT –

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

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