Hunter Lau ’12

Hunter Lau in lab coatMarymount alum Hunter Lau started medical school this August at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. After working in an emergency department in Madison for the past year and a half, he decided he would like to become an emergency medicine physician.

“I completed my BS in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, which is currently ranked as the second best school for Biochemistry in the nation by US News,” Lau said. “I enjoy the fast paced, stimulating environment that allows me to work with a diverse population base. I also am interested in public health and working with impoverished populations to improve health.”

While at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Lau also was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. He was among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and seven-and-a-half percent of juniors having at least 72 semester hours are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Although medical school is a relatively new achievement for Lau, his interest in science and medicine was initially inspired by Marymount’s then-introductory chemistry teacher, James Yano.

“He presented the material, which was by default rudimentary and somewhat tedious, in a stimulating way that was applicable to real life scenarios,” Lau said.

From there, Lau changed his major from General Business to Biochemistry, where he thrived under the tutelage of Marymount professors John Alexander, Dorris Booth, Kari Sayers and Patrick Webster.

“These teachers took a truly genuine interest in my education, and the education of all their students,” Lau said. “I remember Dr. Alexander staying after class for hours, multiple days a week, helping people finishing their mastering chemistry problems, and Dr. Booth meeting with students outside of class to help prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test. While Marymount California University wasn’t the final destination for my education, the support and teaching that I received while there fostered my growth and has allowed me to develop into the person who I currently am and the doctor I one day hope to be.”