, Class of 2002
Coming to Miami
In his college search, Kyle Kaufman was interested in pre-med studies, Division I athletics, and a school that was big enough to offer a variety of majors. With his final decision narrowed to two schools, it was the Men's Glee Club at Miami University that sealed the deal.
With a song in his heart
The artistic outlet became Kyle's fraternity, the source of his life-long friendships, and the means of foreign travel. One summer, the Glee Club tour took him to the French West Indies, where he sang with local and international groups and hiked through a rain forest.
Taking care of business
A passionate talk by a professor at Orientation led Kyle to choose microbiology as his major. Dr. Anne Morris Hooke, department chair, became his mentor and invited him to participate in her research on a cystic fibrosis pathogen. The two years of experience allowed Kyle to see the value of the research process, attend a national conference and present the research, and meet the top scientists in the field, one of Kyle's highlights at Miami.
"College is a fantastic journey that I think everyone should experience, and while it is a stepping stone to future education or the start of a career, it is also a time in a young person's life when he or she discovers what kind of person they want to be," says Kyle. His biggest challenge was "learning how to study again."
Life goes on
A 2006 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kyle is a resident in pediatrics and medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. Kyle met his wife, Jennifer ('06), while rehearsing for a Miami student musical production in 2002. They became a Miami merger in 2004.