University of Georgia Cancer Center

Amazing Student - Marcus Hines

Marcus  Hines

The chance to conduct research through UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) was just too good for Marcus Hines to pass up. He’s now doing cutting edge pancreatic cancer research and planning on pursing an M.D. and a Ph.D. after graduation. Inspired by trailblazers such as Donald Hollowell, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, Hines aims to use his experiences to help heal individuals and search for solutions to some of the world’s most intractable health problems

Expected graduation:

May 2011

Degree Objective:

B.S. in biology

University highlights, achievements and awards:

I was accepted as a Bernard Ramsey Scholar and a CURO Apprentice. I was later given the title of Hollowell CURO Apprentice – an honor that I am proud of because it bears the name of Donald Hollowell, who led the legal team that successfully fought to integrate UGA in 1961. Through the CURO program, I work under professors Lance Wells and Michael Teimeyer in UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. Here, I research pancreatic cancer. Our purpose is to find markers that will allow physicians to detect this deadly cancer (five percent 5-year survival rate) at an early stage. I plan events for the Myers Community through the Myers Community Council, in which I serve as the administrative chair. I also represent and promote the Honors Program as an Honors Ambassador. I am also currently a Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation scholar.

High School:

Albany High School


Albany, Georgia

Family ties:

I have an older brother, Melvin Hines Jr., who graduated from UGA in 2006 with a B.B.A in Economics.

I chose to attend UGA because...

…of the CURO program and the experience my brother had. When I learned that the University of Georgia offered a program that allowed undergraduates to research with acclaimed doctors and professors at an early stage, I jumped at the chance to attend UGA. For I knew that no other institution had a program as developed and established as the CURO program here at UGA. I also chose to attend UGA because of my brother’s experience. Throughout his years here, my brother continuously talked about how great the university was. Now that I am here, I see what he saw. The friends I have made and the faculty I have come in contact with at UGA have become like a family to me.

My favorite things to do on campus are...

…hanging out at Snelling Dining Commons. Anyone can find me there either eating General Mill’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch or talking with Mrs. Sandra Patterson, the beloved cashier. I enjoy playing racquetball at the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, too. I also love to sit on the Myer’s quad or play tennis at the Intramural Fields. Both are relaxing antidotes to the fatigue caused by many hours of studying.

When I have free time, I like...

…to play tennis with friends or play golf on my friend Griffin’s Nintendo Wii. I also feed my music appetite by listening to music at venues and writing songs.

The craziest thing I've done is...

…jumped off a twelve-foot pole. As a part of the ropes course, my fellow CURO Apprentices and I received the chance to climb this pole and jump off of it in hopes of hitting bells that were suspended in the air by ropes. Before we began to prepare for this challenge, the instructor told us not to grab the ropes that were connected to us. However, when I jumped my first instinct was to grab this rope as I began to fall. As a result, I received my first rope burns and did not even hit the bells.

My favorite place to study is...

…either the Myers lobby or the Myers Quad. I get too distracted in my room.

My favorite professor is...

…Pamela Kleiber. She has continuously helped me since I came to UGA. She constantly checks up on me and looks out for my well being. She also gives me sound advice and profound wisdom on my academic career. In class, Dr. Kleiber challenges me to become a better writer and supplies me with useful methods to enhance my skills. She also encourages the apprentices and me to expand our minds by taking a serious look at the issues of today’s world. I am grateful and thankful for all her help.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with...

…Jesus. I would love to be in His presence. To have the chance to talk with and ask Him all the questions I have would be more than an honor.

If I knew I could not fail, I would...

…open up a medical clinic that charges nothing for underprivileged families. I would love to give free medical aid for families that are struggling to make money. I also like music and would love to be a respected musician, performing for sold-out audiences around the world.

After graduation, I plan to...

…attend medical school on an M.D. /Ph.D. track. I want to be able to treat individual patients and research diseases such as pancreatic cancer to help heal the world.

The one UGA experience I will always remember will be...

…meeting Mrs. Louise Hollowell. I received the chance to meet her during the hanging of the portraits of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the first African American students enrolled at UGA, in the academic building which now bears their name. To be in the presence of someone who is known for her benevolent legacy and tireless fight for civil rights was inspiring to say the least.