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Rashid C.

Senior, BS in Biochemistry

Rashid, a senior biochemistry major, grew up in Jamaica and came to the US to attend WPI three years ago. He learned about WPI during a college prep program and was especially interested in the project-based curriculum and how cool a WPI alumnae made it sound. (The deal was officially sealed when he also found out that Worcester has a large Jamaican population and that you can buy authentic seasonings at Price Rite.)

Just as Rashid expected, the team-based projects that are a cornerstone of the WPI curriculum made it easier for him to apply concepts to the real world – it suits his practical learning style. After graduation, he wants to pursue further degrees to become a professor in either biochemistry or biomedical engineering.

WPI student voice Rashid

May Pen, Jamaica

Faculty Mentor

Destin Heilman, Associate Teaching Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Designed an aquaponic greenhouse that’s used by a non-profit organization
  • Worked with WPI’s Office of Multicultural Affairs to design workshops that promote conversations about race and equality
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Brazilian Students Association
  • Basketball
  • Piano & guitar
My advice to students considering studying at WPI? Apply now; you won’t regret it!
Destin Heilman has fostered my growth since freshman year, both academically and professionally. He’s always willing to meet and discuss any pressing issues that I may have with the curriculum, and he has encouraged me to think critically about science.
I love the interaction between students and faculty at WPI – from office hours to shooting hoops, the professors are real people that actually care about your future in academia or industry.
WPI graduates have a more practical skillset compared to other graduates.
Right now my MQP team is studying a virus called Torque Teno Virus that can selectively kill cancer cells. It’s very interesting and my professor Dr. Heilman is very helpful and supportive.