(Choose a slice of my life.)


in between.



COVA High School                                                                   2010 -14

Rank 1 in 211, GPA: 4.33 (weighted), 3.98 (unweighted).

Student in the Gifted & Talented Program, and held multiple leadership positions in Student Government, National Honor Society.





Goldsmiths Psychology Department
Duke Global Neurosurgery & Neuroscience
Health Humanities Lab
Jordanian Red Crescent
Duke Neurosurgery
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (Duke Chapter)

Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Science             2014 -18 

Bachelor of Arts, major GPA: 3.7.

Developed an institutionally approved degree program titled Human Creativity: Evolutionary Neuroaesthetics which explored the how and why of aesthetic emergence in humans and nature, through the lens of neuroscience, biology, anthropology, and philosophy.

University of London, Goldsmiths College                          2019 -20 

Master of Science, Classification: First Class Honors.

Received an MSc in Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics, and Creativity from what is currently the only institution in the world with a degree-granting program in neuroaesthetics, with a dissertation on empathy and the visual language of pain.


Following my valedictorian speech in 2014.


Festivities slightly different in 2020.

Graduation from Duke.


I had a complicated relationship with food growing up. I loved it, but my family relied on foodbanks. I had a knack for miniature sculpting and began hand-crafting food-themed miniatures and jewelry, which seemed to attract the interest of people in my town, so I turned it into small business where I donated 25% of my profits to the same foodbanks my family used. The Starving Artist raised over $6,000 worth of funding to community resources locally and internationally, was featured in a number of print news and media outlets, including Colorado's Best, CBS4 News, and the Mountain Connection. I sold online and at local consignment stores.

Graywill Creative Projects emerged from my collective freelance work across the fine arts. It serves as my primary artistic outlet and has allowed me to be involved with projects spanning a variety of mediums, from illustrating an ESL book to be sold in China to designing a logo for a dance group in Uganda. Through it I also provide videography and photography services, marketing collateral, web development, illustration, and more. If you visit the site, you'll also be able to view my entire creative portfolio, including my music, performance, and visual art experience and works.

Initially funded by an entrepreneurship grant at Duke, Smart Colors Company is an educational coloring book company focused on accessibility, cognition, and learning. Its mission is to use art and science in tandem to create coloring books that are catalysts for learning, and that make education accessible to all ages and backgrounds - to envision a world where picking up one of our coloring books means opening up doors. Its products are available online after a successful lauch on Kickstarter in Spring 2019 where the project was funded in less than 24 hours and more than 300% of the goal was met.


Other Organizations, Non-profits, and Programs:

The Apprentice Doctor - 

Program Developer & Coordinator

Develops class material and staffs the summer programs, leads workshops and rotations in the hospital, gives guest lectures. Watch the promotional video I created for the program above.

I created a Duke version of the popular card game "Cards Against Humanity" in the spring of 2016. I printed the cards for the new game, dubbed Cranes Assist Humility, myself and calibrated a paper cutter to chop each sheet of cards, and packaged each deck all from my dorm room. The game became popular with students and alumni alike.

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Duke Innovation Co-Lab - 

Ruby Lab Manager, Team Lead

Serves the greater Duke community by offering support and tutoring with resources at the lab, catering services to both artists and engineers working on a variety of projects that require 3D printing, modeling, or laser cutting. 

duARTS - President

(Formerly two Vice President positions)

Oversaw the largest student arts organization at Duke, and an executive board of nearly 20 people. Innovated and managed new and existing art programs for the entire Duke student body. Read about my impact in the annual report I created (above).

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In 2018, Duke University established an award, named after me, called the Graywill Award for Arts Leadership & Service. Every year starting in 2019, one or two graduating senior(s) from any major or arts discipline will be presented the Graywill Award for $1,000 at the annual Arts Award Ceremony. The award is endowed by the Duke University Union.

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Though I am not involved with the selection process at all, I have been blown away by the caliber of graduating leaders and artists the committee has chosen so far. I will update this list of them every year.

Me (right) with Rebekah (left), first ever recipient!




Through my experiences in healthcare, I have felt fulfilled countless times as not only a healthcare professional, but as a leader, an intellect and scientist, an artisan and craftsman, and most of all, a human. I believe it is the diversity of my passions and skills that has provided me with an incredibly rich set of experiences in medicine. Through my various endeavors in healthcare both at home and across the globe, I have been humbled and impassioned.

Some of my experiences have included...


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Learning about the Singapore health system and medical research at Duke-NUS Medical School.

Conducting research on health behavior and hygiene practices at the Mulago Hospital neurosurgery ward.

Staffing the Apprentice Doctor programs around the USA, lecturing about biomedical principles behind patient examination.

Being the only undergraduate ever accepted to the Prague Selective to explore and learn about Czech healthcare from physicians, the Ministry of Health, and US Ambassador to the Czech Republic (pictured).

Becoming a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), expanding my perspective as health professional.

Spending two years as student researcher with Duke Global Neurosurgery & Neuroscience on a funded fellowship.

Working as a research and development intern for the International Federation of the Red Cross & Crescent Societies in Amman, Jordan on deployment of field hospitals and medical training reporting.

Participating in a global health experiential program in Jodhpur, India to learn about neurophysiology, orthopedic and general surgery.

Working at the neurocognitive mapping lab under Duke Neurosurgery, regularly assisting with patient language examinations during bedside eletrode grid and intraoperative awake brain surgeries, coding patient data, and following up with patients pre and post-operatively for assessment.

Participating in a rural clinic start-up along the Indravati River outside Kathmandu, Nepal and assisting local physicians to best manage hundreds of patients a day.

Presenting and giving talks to alumni about field research to improve patient outcomes at the only public national referral neurosurgery ward in Uganda.

Starting and teaching students at the first ever Apprentice Doctor Skills camp hosted at Duke.

A little bit of art, a little bit of science. Explore.



The Arts




Go to my creative portfolio.