Simeon Udunka of Atlanta, Ga., a dentistry student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, is actively involved in the school, the community, and church. While attending Benjamin E. Mays High School, he became interested in science and decided to become a dentist. During high school, he participated in sports, the Student Government Association, and the health careers club. At Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church, he was an acolyte, a youth mentor, and the speaker for Youth Day Sunday in May 2007. His community service earned him the Bronze Congressional Medal.
A graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, La., he was a chemistry major who was also involved in youth mentoring, the American Chemical Society, and varsity cross-country team. After graduation, he became a research- fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where his research involved human pesticide assessments and where he was part of the chemical terrorism response team. This team was trained to work in areas affected by chemical terrorism.