Recognition, Awards, Scholarships Mark Graduate's
7, 1999 -- If there is an ideal Jeffersonian student
at the University of Virginia -- one who represents Thomas Jefferson's
breadth of interests and goals in creating the Academical Village
-- it must be Allan Frederick Moore. Rarely has an undergraduate
accomplished so much in so many fields in so little time.
only 21 when he receives his Bachelor of Arts in government and
foreign affairs on May 23, Moore has a résumé to rival
that of a research professor. Through independent research on the
molecular basis of hypertension that he began his first year, Moore
has co-authored four articles in a national journal, has two papers
in press for another national publication and has presented his
findings at international medical conferences in London, Mexico
City, Chicago and Charlottesville.
remarkable journey into medical research began when, as a first-year
Dr. Robert M. Carey, dean of U.Va's School of Medicine, to inquire
if there were opportunities to work in a laboratory. "I really didn't
expect him to return my e-mail. I would have been happy just to
clean test tubes," Moore said. Much to his surprise, Carey offered
him a job working 10 hours a week in a lab where researchers are
working to localize and sequence a receptor in the body that lowers
Moore's second year in the lab, he became assistant to a research
fellow on the project. The collaborators published three papers
on their findings in the medical journal "Hypertension," and Moore
presented a description of the work at two international conferences.
the summer of his third year, Moore had gained his own research
project -- an opportunity that has allowed him to design protocols,
establish a budget and recruit help. Having a third-year student
raised to the level of research fellow in charge of his own project
is rare, Carey said.
a very short time, Allan was able to understand the problem, formulate
a hypothesis and test it experimentally using difficult techniques.
He has a natural drive for new discovery," Carey said.
accomplishments in medical research are even more remarkable considering
he's a government and foreign affairs major -- a major he stumbled
into because of the lure of free food. "A friend urged me to attend
an information meeting on the government honors program, pointing
out that there would be free food. There I met Larry Sabato. I've
never seen anyone connect so well with students. I'd never taken
a government class before at U.Va., but I went to his office and
said, 'whatever you're teaching, I'm taking,'" Moore said.
the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs,
had no hesitations in accepting Moore, both a Jefferson Scholar
and an Echols Scholar, into the highly competitive honors program.
among the nine students in the program, Moore stands out, Sabato
said. Last year Moore was named one of 77 Truman Scholars in the
country -- a $30,000 award that will be used for pursuing advanced
education. As part of the scholarship competition, Moore presented
a plan to address cardiovascular health disease in America; his
plan proposes establishing centers for cardiovascular excellence
at research sites nationwide.
is convinced his unusual, self-designed undergraduate program combining
government and science helped him win the scholarship. "The honors
program has taught me to write well and to make an argument well.
I've learned that there are always two sides to every issue, and
the answer is always in the gray area in between," he said.
awards Moore received this year include being named to the USA Today
All-American Team, winning the Catherine Underwood Scholarship,
given to U.Va.students who excel in leadership, and receiving the
Soper Award, given to a top fourth-year student who represents the
ideals of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Society of the Purple
Shadows, a U.Va. secret society that recognizes academic achievement
and service, presented him an award.
accomplishments include making the Dean's List for four years, receiving
the College's 1997 Academic Achievement Award and gaining a Lawn
room. He has been inducted into the Raven Society, Phi Beta Kappa,
Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key National Honor Society and the National
Society of Collegiate Scholars.
asked how he's managed to accomplish so much, Moore observed wryly,
"I haven't gone to any fraternity parties." On a more serious note,
he added, "If I'm not working hard, I'm not happy. I don't feel
like the long hours are a sacrifice. I like a job well done."
his accomplishments to date, Moore is particularly proud of starting
and directing the Grand Finale Tutoring Program in his hometown
of Danville. Wanting to do something for his alma mater, George
Washington High School, he started a program that pairs college
school seniors in danger of not graduating. Now in its third year,
the program has grown from helping three to 22 students. Many of
the high school students, who started the tutoring sessions with
averages in the 50s and 60s, not only graduated from high school,
but have pursued higher education. The program has gained funding
from the Danville Kiwanis Club.
U.Va., Moore was program director for Madison House's Group Projects,
which helps community organizations with special activities. He
was also a volunteer coach for the SOCA organization, a guide with
the Albemarle County Historical Society and a representative on
the Virginia Youth Service Council. An active member of the Honor
Council, Moore also served as a council liaison to the Governor's
Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism.
has found Moore to excel in every endeavor. "Given Allan's interest
in science, I hope he will concentrate on finding a way to clone
himself," said Sabato. "His accomplishments in both his chosen fields,
government and medicine, are truly astounding. This young man has
an unlimited future."
leaving U.Va., Moore will attend Vanderbilt University Medical School,
where he plans to pursue an interest in surgery. Although he has
delighted in his U.Va. experiences, Moore is ready for the change.
"I need to leave because I'm in a position of comfort. I need to
be scared again," he said.
more information, contact Allan Moore through May 17 at (804) 243-2339
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857.