WILKES-BARRE — Clarks Summit resident Connor Zale’s high score on the Medical College Admissions Test led to a job preparing pre-med students for the test at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University.
The Wilkes University graduate taught three sections of the Kaplan Preparation Course for the test this summer at the two institutions, both based in Boston.
Zale graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wilkes University in May and received the university’s Outstanding Research Award in Biology and Health Sciences.
Kaplan hired Zale to teach at the two universities and tutor an international student for the exam because of his high score and success teaching the course at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He taught two sections of the course at Binghamton while he was conducting research during his clinical semester at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Wilkes University requires all pre-medical scholars to perform a clinical internship, usually during their senior year.
Zale is a member of the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He hopes to serve his country in a surgical setting and perform medical research in wound healing or genetics.