Simpson University Biology Student Selected for Pre-Med Fellowship

For Immediate Release


Simpson University sophomore Julianna Gilson will be spending part of her summer participating in a pre-med shadowing fellowship.

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University sophomore Julianna Gilson will be spending part of her summer break in Portugal participating in a pre-med shadowing fellowship with The Atlantis Project.

Gilson, a biology major from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., learned about The Atlantis Project while researching fellowship opportunities online.

“The mentorship they offer through the program was ultimately what impressed me about the program,” she said.

During her five-week fellowship, Gilson will be immersed in a hospital setting, working four days and 20-plus hours a week shadowing various types of doctors.

“My primary objective will be to obtain shadow hours and general exposure the medical environment on a very real level,” she said.

After she graduates in 2018, Gilson plans to use her degree to work in professional health care.

“International experience is almost always a huge growth opportunity for undergraduates, and for Julianna to be able to pair that with her need to fulfill the shadowing requirement is fantastic,” said Dr. Trent Smith, associate professor of biology. “Julianna has amazing potential as a physician, and I am positive that this fellowship will help shape her perspective in ways that will drive her to serve the Kingdom of God even more effectively as she goes on to practice medicine.”

The Atlantis Project also offers winter and spring break pre-med and pre-health fellowship opportunities, with programs in Spain, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, and Chile. To learn more about The Atlantis Project, visit

To learn more about Simpson University’s biology program, visit


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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