MIT Grand Hack Invites Cedarville University Student to Participate

Abby Woodard, a Cedarville University third-year professional pharmacy student from Camden, Ohio, was accepted to participate in the MIT Grand Hack on October 2-4.

MIT Grand Hack Participation by Cedarville University Student“I don’t want to take a passive role toward things that I’m passionate about, and I especially don’t want to complain about things if I’m not actively trying to change them,” explained Woodard. “As I experience family members having health problems or observe gaps in medicine that COVID revealed, I want to take a hands-on approach to resolve them instead of sitting in the backseat.”

At the MIT Grand Hack, 733 students from around the globe will join together virtually to solve problems in health care. Woodard will join a team of engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business professionals working to solve problems related to access to health care during COVID-19. By the end of the weekend, they will pitch their suggestions to investors.

“Abby is conscientious and ambitious. She has both an eye for detail and a desire to improve the health of those around her, which will serve her well during the Grand Hack,” said Dr. Justin Cole, chair and associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Pharmacy Innovation.

“Additionally, Abby is the third student from the school of pharmacy selected to participate in this event in recent years,” continued Cole. “This speaks not only to the quality of our students, it also validates their interest in innovation and their preparedness to be change-makers in health care.”