It is probably safe to say that most people do not hear from their elementary schools when they move up the education ladder, but this is not the case for Pier Paolo Claudio, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor and respected researcher within Marshall’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
Dr. Claudio recently received an award for his academic achievements from Suor Orsola Benincasa where he attended for his elementary education in Naples, Italy. This is not your traditional school, as it was founded in 1600 by nuns and was re-founded in 1860 by the Princess of Strongoli, Maria Adelaide del Balzo Pignatelli. It is a school that prepares children from pre-school, elementary, middle, high-school, up to disciplines at a university level (in the areas of humanistic, science of communication, law, conservation of cultural goods, restoration, and languages).
When asked if he felt that his elementary school contributed to who he is today, Claudio said, “Absolutely. Suor Orsola Benincasa helped me study, understand how serious it is to study at a younger age. It is a very historical school, and when you study places like this, you breathe it. It makes you really want to advance yourself.”
Dr. Claudio was the first to receive this newly established award, and did so through a Skype video conference event.
Congratulations to Dr. Claudio!