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Inside the NICHD
The road to a science career

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Video fades to camera view on Dr. Yvonne Maddox.

Banner Text: Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D.
Dr. Yvonne Maddox: You had to major in biology or biochemistry or something to head in that direction. So I majored in biology when I went off to undergraduate school. I was on a scholarship, so I did get a scholarship but not a full scholarship. So my parents, who were not wealthy and certainly didn’t have a lot of money, had to cough up some funds that they would not have put into me if I hadn’t been so aggressively concerned with going off to college because I think the money could have been best spent on some other family needs, but they wanted to see me succeed here.

So I went to undergraduate school at Virginia Union University, which is a Historically Black College in Richmond. Again, had great professors, and it was that nurturing there that gave me the sense that I could do whatever I wanted to do. And I was all geared up. I applied to medical school. I got accepted into medical school, and I was so excited about it.

And my father presented with congestive heart failure. I was the oldest of three children, and I just couldn’t imagine going away from home and leaving my two brothers and my mom to fend for themselves with a sick dad and leave them and go off to medical school. So we decided that I would stay home after graduation and work. My dad died and left Mom a single mom with three kids and one just graduating from college.
Last Updated Date: 07/29/2014
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