William French

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, B.S. in Biology
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Parents: David and Melinda French

Mentor: Dr. Jamie Baum

  • President, Order of Omega
  • Vice President for Community Service, Interfraternity Council
  • Community Service Chair, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Chancellor’s List
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • Undergraduate Research: Nutrition and Energy Metabolism Lab
  • Global Medical Brigades, Trip to Honduras

Weekend football trips to Razorback football games with his parents, both University of Arkansas graduates, inspired William French to choose their alma mater. Now four years later, he plans to take the skills he has acquired at the U of A to pursue a career in the medical field.

His extracurricular activities have taught the Honors College student how to be an effective member of a team and also how to be a leader of a team, which are crucial characteristics of any medical professional, he says. In addition, his leadership experiences have instilled the importance of effective and clear communications when running any type of organizations or event. Ultimately, the most important skill he developed from his extracurricular activities is the ability to work with all different types of people.

In August 2013, he traveled to Zarzal, Honduras, as a member of the first medical brigade of the U of A’s Global Brigades chapter. During the trip, the team helped local and foreign physicians provide medical attention to the surrounding community and held educational presentations about basic hygiene. He says this first trip to a third-world country was a very eye-opening experience.

In summer 2014, William continued his study abroad travels to Sweden. The subject matter of the course consisted of learning about and making comparisons of healthcare systems in the United States and Sweden.