Max Crinnin is a senior English major returning to UB next year to complete his pre-medical undergraduate course work. On campus, he has been involved with a number of sustainability groups and projects through his work as sustainability coordinator for UB Campus Dining & Shops, including composting and food waste initiatives at residential dining centers and the design, completion, and expansion of the UB Campus Garden. He was fortunate to work last summer as a research assistant in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he worked closely with families in a study that examined executive function in children. Max previously worked as the senior arts editor for The Spectrum after three semesters as a staff writer and assistant editor. He is a Provost Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Max currently volunteers at Jericho Road Ministries’ Focused Learning for Youth after school program on Buffalo’s West Side. He is the winner of the 2014 John Logan Prize for poetry from the UB English Department and the 2015 recipient of The Academy of American Poets Prize. Currently, he is writing an honors thesis on Anton Chekhov’s short fiction and life as a physician. He hopes to continue his eclectic approach to education as he moves forward with medicine in hopes of serving the underserved with innovative, meaningful health care services, while establishing a leadership role in the expansion of the medical industry at large in Western New York.