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Dan Latimer

Dan Latimer

Dan Latimer says his natural curiosity and his family’s strong background in science – his father and father’s father are psychiatrists, and his mother’s father is a surgeon – make biomedical science the perfect major for him.

The  Montclair, N.J., native accepted a co-op to do biomedical research at prestigious Columbia University in New York City.

“I thought at first I’d like to follow in my family’s footsteps and become a doctor,” says Latimer, 21. “But now, I think I’d like to get my Ph.D. and do medical research at a hospital or a pharmaceutical company. I like working with people, but I think I’d like working in a laboratory more than being a doctor.”

Born deaf, Latimer received a cochlear implant when he was nine years old. He relied on classroom captioning in high school, and says C-Print captioning offered in his classes was one of the reasons he chose to come to RIT.

“I really like the education system here,” he says. “The teachers are completely different than what I had in high school. You can approach them with questions and they’re happy to talk with you after class if you need to.”

His first exposure to RIT/NTID was in 2009, when he attended NTID’s Explore Your Future career exploration camp. “I remember it was very diverse and I enjoyed interacting with everyone,” he says.

His enthusiasm for RIT/NTID continues. “I just like the people here,” he says. In his free time, he’s involved in RIT’s Capoeira Mandinga Club, an Afro-Brazilian martial arts club where participants express themselves in dance-like movement.

After graduation, his dream job is working for a drug manufacturer, or a university medical center. It’s an ambitious goal, but one he’s committed to seeing through.

“I’m pretty persistent,” he says.

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