Inspiring future STEM leaders
PATH and the Siemens Foundation have collaborated to establish the Siemens Foundation-PATH Ingenuity Fellowship to advance skills needed to introduce and accelerate technologies for low-resource settings. PATH welcomes the inaugural class of six fellows who will spend the summer working on important projects focused on providing meaningful research and laboratory experiences and exposing them to careers in the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and global health.
The following students comprise the 2016 class of Siemens Foundation-PATH Ingenuity Fellowship:
Sara Ann will graduate from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2016 with a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral and Community Health and Global Health. She has been accepted into the Doctor of Public Health program in Maternal and Child Health Policy at the University of Alabama Birmingham in the fall of 2017.
As a first-generation high-school graduate, Sara credits her academic success to the encouragement and inspiration of her mother, who taught her to value determination, compassion and persistence. Having grown up with limited health resources, she saw that navigating the health care system can be a daunting and complicated task for many as they seek preventative and ongoing health care. Sara also spent time in Guatemala and Indonesia to gain a better understanding of this universal issue on a global basis across cultures.
Sara Ann sees the greatest challenge to her “plugged-in” generation as finding balance between staying informed of issues and identifying ways to put knowledge to work to address them. She hopes that through this fellowship opportunity, by working with people who are actively making a difference in global health, she will develop meaningful, in-depth research skills to apply in her future pursuits.
As she plans a future addressing global health concerns, Sara envisions the possibility of working with organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Water.org to create sustainable interventions that promote women’s health.
Fellow, DIAMETER lll (Protein expression)
Eyad Helwany will complete his undergraduate degree in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Pharmacy in December of 2016. He plans to go on to become a pediatrician working in impoverished areas where contagious diseases like malaria are a huge threat.
As a first-generation American, Eyad is inspired by his family and feels he must take advantage of the opportunities his parents struggled hard to provide and use them to give back to those in need. He is excited by the opportunity to apply academics in the real world and work with others to achieve a common goal.
In addition to his interest in pharmacology, Eyad has a passion for music and basketball. He has played the piano for many years and transferred those skills to making instrumental music involving various drum machines and synthesizers.
Fellow, Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) (RDT)
Henon Gebre is pursuing a degree in Public Health Education with minors in Biology and Sociology at Utah State University, planning to graduate in the spring of 2016. She came to the United States from Ethiopia to attend college, and sought research experience outside of school as preparation for graduate school and beyond due to the broadness of the Public Health field. Her plans include pursuing a master’s degree in infectious diseases and global health.
After volunteering during her senior year in high school at CURE International Hospital in Ethiopia, a charitable organization that provides outstanding free medical care to children with treatable orthopedic and neurological conditions, Henon decided to pursue a career in public health. As a volunteer she interacted with patients and their parents while assisting in the admitting process and learned the importance of child immunization and the impact public health has in preventing treatable conditions.
Henon is passionate about improving the health care systems of underserved communities across the globe through a career in public health. She hopes to translate this passion into increasing access to services for people in low-resources settings, particularly rural populations. She is interested in returning Ethiopia someday.
She has been inspired by her parents, who gave her the opportunity to study abroad, and feels the greatest challenge facing her generation is taking full advantage of technological advances to improve health care, citing the ongoing threat of diseases like Ebola and Zika and the need for innovative strategies to combat future outbreaks.
Fellow, Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) (NAAT)
Scott is pursuing a degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biology at the University of Utah and expects to graduate in the spring of 2017.
Since becoming interested in STEM as a child, Scott has developed a desire to make an impact on the world, like Jonas Salk and Albert Einstein, and credits his family, friends, teachers, and mentors as having had a significant influence on his academic journey as he hopes to become a physician.
Having followed PATH’s work on the malaria vaccine and strengthening health systems in a variety of communities over the past three years, Scott felt compelled to work with an organization that would fuel his interest in research and help him push his limits as a scientist.
Rosemichelle is a pre-industry student pursuing her Bachelor of Science in bioengineering at the University of Washington and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019.
Though currently undecided about specific future career paths, Rosemichelle is interested in working as a research scientist in the global health realm in a capacity that allows her to not only work in the lab, but also provides an opportunity to work closer to the populations she hopes to serve. She advocates for ways to add the “human touch” to the fields of science and engineering that are often considered to be “cold” and non-subjective fields and sees her fellowship as an opportunity to explore that passion.
Using the experience and knowledge she hopes to gain through her fellowship, Rosemichelle would like to return to the Philippines, where she was born, to contribute to the improvement of their health care system by finding answers to both bureaucratic and technological challenges.
Fellow, DIAMETER III (ELISA)
Meilin Zhu is an undergraduate studying biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry at Arizona State University. She is interested in personal diagnostics and medical oncology and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 and go on to pursue a doctorate to specialize in medical oncology as a physician or scientist.
Inspired by the passion her father has shown for his research, which has taken him across the world, Meilin has been interested in medical research since her first exposure to university-level research. Her career hopes include advancing the design of innovative diagnostic tools for a new generation of personal medicine—helping those in underserved and rural communities, and conducting clinical trials for novel cancer treatments.
Meilin feels that her fellowship experience will help her gain a new perspective on global health and will further her research on HPV16 at Arizona State University and in a future career that includes the development of diagnostic tools. She sees a need to raise awareness among her generation about the health care issues in developing countries in order to ensure action is taken towards solutions that overcome the lag behind health care advances in other areas of the world.