2016 Student Scholars

Congratulations to the 2016 CRISSP Scholars! Roll over each student's image to read about their CRISSP experience.

"The sheer scope of the research and medicine puts everything I have ever known about my discipline into perspective."

Annisa Ahmed

School: Temple University

Mentor: Rhonda Boyd, PhD

"I loved interacting with children and watching doctors explain and comfort their parents during clinical shadowing."

Yared Argaw

School: Community College of Philadelphia

Mentor: Rodney Camire, PhD

"There are a lot of great doctors here at CHOP that love having students follow them."

Anthony Ascoli

School: University of Pittsburgh

Mentor: J. Todd Lawrence, MD, PhD

"I was surprised by how involved medical researchers were in the communities their research targets."

Claire Beamish

School: University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Nadia Dowshen, MD

"The research skills and training in SPSS have laid the foundation for me to be a better contributor to my field."

Ariel Blakey

School: Spelman College

Mentor: Lamia Barakat, PhD and Chavis Patterson, PhD

"It was very rewarding to shadow in clinic, conduct research, and mentor high school students."

Thaius Boyd

School: Haskell Indian Nations University

Mentor: Eric Marsh, MD, PhD

"I learned in the OR that children have the surprising capacity to recover from crazy surgeries while never failing to bring joy."

Alice Cai

School: The Pennsylvania State University

Mentor: William Peranteau, MD

"I have learned how to accurately document and record my data, as well as, present it in a cohesive manner."

Monika Chung

School: William Paterson University of New Jersey

Mentor: Sharon Diskin, PhD

"Using Stata, I have learned how to alter data variables, create data tables, and produce histograms."

Robert Emeh

School: Alabama State University

Mentor: Elizabeth Lowenthal, MD, MSCE

"The opportunities to hear faculty talk about their life and work in academic research was fascinating!"

Elshaddai Ephrem

School: Princeton University

Mentor: Yael Mosse, MD

"I learned there is such a vibrant academic research community that serves to make the world a better place."

Oluwatunmise Fawole

School: University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP

"I’ve learned how essential it is to constantly re-evaluate 'why am I doing this?'"

Phoebe Hollyer

School: University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE

"I have learned how to perform and analyze western blotting, colorimetric assays, and direct competitive immunoassays."

Kent Nakamoto

School: College of Wooster

Mentor: Harry Ischiropoulos, PhD

"It has been a joy to meet people from various backgrounds who are likeminded in their passion for science."

Adeiyewunmi Osinubi

School: Brown University

Mentor: Alexander Fiks, MD, MSCE

"I've been surprised and pleased by how many different perspectives on my career path I've been exposed to."

Clayton Otter

School: Princeton University

Mentor: Matthew Weitzman, PhD

"I learned about population-based research using large nationwide data sets."

Farah Rahman

School: Case Western Reserve University

Mentor: Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS

"I was excited to see the way physicians, scientists, mathematicians, and computer scientists collaborate."

Hayley Richardson

School: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Mentor: Douglas Wallace, PhD

"What resonated most with me were the relationships formed between physicians and their patient’s families."

Alexander Schmidt

School: James Madison University

Mentor: Daniel Licht, MD

"I have learned a great deal about SPSS and data analysis."

Leaha Shermeyer

School: Arcadia University

Mentor: Stephen Leff, PhD

"This experience fully convinced me that no other job would be nearly as rewarding as something in pediatrics."

Kari Strouse

School: Temple University

Mentor: Ian Krantz, MD

"I learned it’s not about the quantity of data you acquire, but the quality."

Oanh Tran

School: Community College of Philadelphia

Mentor: Beverly Emanuel, PhD

"The dedication and work ethic of CHOP’s employees affirmed my decision to work in pediatrics."

Steven Tsai

School: Princeton University

Mentor: Andrew Bauer, MD, FAAP

"I learned how to collaborate and ask questions. The people around me were my most valuable resource."

Nikoff Vasquez

School: Community College of Philadelphia

Mentor: Paula Oliver, PhD

"I now understand the importance of CHOP as both a hospital and research institution."

Raylin Xu

School: Harvard University

Mentor: Struan Grant, PhD

"I’ve enjoyed forming friendships with the other CRISSP students."

Katherine Yu

School: Rice University

Mentor: Adam Resnick, PhD