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ACADEMICS

& EDUCATION 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS & HONORS:

RESEARCH:

Goldsmiths Psychology Department
Duke Global Neurosurgery & Neuroscience
Health Humanities Lab
Jordanian Red Crescent
Duke Neurosurgery
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (Duke Chapter)
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Following my valedictorian speech in 2014.

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Grad festivities slightly different in 2020.

Graduation from Duke.

   LEADERSHIP &  ENTREPRENEURSHIP

How my family's experience with foodbanks shaped me as an artist and as a leader.

How my art has helped me push the boundaries of disciplines, across the boundaries of nations.

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How a grant-funded coloring book for disordered brains turned into a successful Kickstarter. 

 

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 the Graywill Arts Leadership & Service Award. 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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I am not involved with award selection, and every year I am blown away by the incredibly accomplished and talented students who are selected. See past winners to the right.

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

Cameron Oglesby
Cameron Oglesby

[2021] Environmetal Science

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Maria Zurita Ontiveros
Maria Zurita Ontiveros

[2021] History, Theater Studies

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Pingyi Zhu
Pingyi Zhu

[2020] Mathematics, Economics

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Rebekah Wellons
Rebekah Wellons

[2019] Political Science

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MEDICINE

& HEALTH

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 both at home and across the globe.

Some of my experiences have included...

 

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

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

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

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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).

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK

 
 

University of London, Goldsmiths College

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.

2019 -20 

Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Science

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.

2014-18 

COVA High School

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.

 

2010-14 

 

The Arts

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LINKS:

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