Ann Eugene-Wilks, a graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi, is one of five students selected from across the country to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API).
A Miami, Fla. native, Eugene-Wilks earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Florida Atlantic University before entering the medical technology master’s degree program at Southern Miss.
Eugene-Wilks said she hopes to use her medical technology training to assist wounded and recovering U.S. veterans and their families. Her husband, Petty Officer 2nd class Kafele N. Wilks, was seriously injured during a recent naval deployment.
“I had an understanding of the sacrifices military members and their families endured, but it wasn’t until my husband joined the service that I truly realized the dangers they faced and the mental and physical conditions soldiers suffered,” she said. “Once we get our troops back home, we cannot ignore the challenges they faced and any residual effect it may have on them.
“The technology that we possess and the profession I have chosen can screen for any imbalances and flag underlying conditions that may help with early detection.”
The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world serving more than 17,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and point-of-care testing sites.