Ask anyone who knew Chad V. Adams ’18, and you’ll be met with enthusiasm. He was a true friend, solid student and passionate fisherman. He loved the Lowcountry and was known to snap his fishing rod into the ski rack on top of his Mini Cooper and go catch, and then release, redfish.
An active member of the College of Charleston’s Honors College, Adams graduated with a degree in biology and minors in chemistry and neuroscience. He embraced all the Honors College had to offer and took advantage of research opportunities at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Department of Anesthesia at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He received biology departmental honors and the Outstanding Student Award his senior year and wore three medals at commencement. But perhaps one of his greatest joys was the brain lapel pin that he received from Honors College Dean Beth Meyer-Bernstein.
“Chad was in my neuroscience seminar his last semester,” says Meyer-Bernstein, who always takes her students to the annual Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the SouthEast (SYNAPSE) conference. “It’s a very small, collaborative class. I give all the students a brain lapel pin and encourage them to wear it at graduation and in their future careers. It’s a great way to reflect back on a special experience.”
Unfortunately, Adams’ life was cut short soon after graduation. To keep his memory alive, his parents, Drs. Van and Anne Adams, formed the Chad V. Adams ’18 Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is for graduating Honors College seniors with a focus on students who demonstrate a strong work ethic with excellence in science. As Adams hailed from Pennsylvania, the scholarship gives special consideration to out-of-state students who have been active participants in the activities, programs and the residential community of the Honors College.
To read more about this story, check out the full article by Darcie Goodwin at The College Today. Photos provided.