College of General Studies

Treston Clark-LaRue, BS Natural Science, Minor Public Health

Treston Clark-LaRue, BS Natural Sciences, Minor in Public Service


Treston Clark-LaRue is an ambitious student who is pursuing his dream of becoming a Physician Assistant.  He has his sights set on working in orthopedics while also conducting research and teaching surgery to prospective Physician Assistants. With his mile long list of professional and academic achievements, Treston is our Student Spotlight for the month of March.

Treston’s academic performance and research has earned him both the CGS Commonwealth Scholarship and the CGS Academic Achievement Scholarship.  Last October, Treston shared his research with the larger academic community by successfully presenting at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) in New Orleans. Building on his presentation at ICCH, Treston is currently writing his professional paper on drug use in obstetrics, which he plans to submit for publication this semester.

Treston chose Pitt for two reasons.  First, he had an interest in the medical field.  Also, Treston comes from the small town of Windber, PA and wanted to experience living in the city.  Now Pittsburgh feels like home and Treston has continued his path toward a medical career, as he is currently working as a nursing assistant and research assistant while also serving as a member of Project Sunshine.  Treston was also the previous president of the Pre-Physician Assistant Association and has volunteered as a H.E.L.P. worker for UPMC, assisted at the Oakland Food Pantry, and participated in Relay for Life, Alzheimer's Walk, and P.M.A.D.D.

We asked Treston for anything he’d like to share with his fellow students. He advises fellow and future Panthers to surround themselves with good people because they will need them on the days that seem impossible.