Tomeka Suber’s strengths and interests lie in the sciences and in community service. Tomeka spent much of her high school career working with her local chapter of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Council to raise funds for the fight against infant mortality. Her leadership skills are matched by her academic excellence. Not only was she a National Merit Scholar and valedictorian of her class at Parkland High School, but she was also senior class president and executive officer of the Student Leadership Council. These honors and endeavors earned her the Ron Brown Scholarship as well as the Joseph E. Pogue Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a Dean’s List student at UNC, Tomeka majored in Chemistry (Biochemistry track) and participated in a variety of research projects. She completed research programs at Duke Medical Center, Princeton University, and Harvard Medical School. She also completed honors thesis research in genetics at UNC, and in November 2000 she participated in the National Minority Research Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Tomeka regularly volunteered at UNC’s Gynecologic Oncology clinic. She strived to improve the lives of African-American students as an active member of the Black Student Movement, which advocates against racial intolerance and discrimination. She served on the Black Cultural Center Advisory Board and planned programs that facilitated discussion among all students in the university community. In addition, Tomeka coordinated recruiting efforts for the Minority Student Recruitment Program and served as a minority advisor to freshmen. She also served on the UNC Undergraduate Honor Court and the University Hearings Board, stressing the importance of academic integrity in the university community.
In 2002, she graduated with Honors in Chemistry and a minor in African-American Studies. She earned Phi Beta Kappa membership and was selected as a Senior Marshal for her class. Currently, Tomeka is a student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in a dual degree MD/PhD Program.