Mr. Trenton Fryman graduated from Rice University in 2019 majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. As an undergraduate he assisted with research in the Biobehavioral Mechanisms Explaining Disparities Laboratory investigating the public health concern of how bereavement can effect cardiovascular disease longitudinally. He also spent time working with the American Heart Association to lobby the Kentucky state legislature to pass a bill requiring that CPR be taught in all public high schools. Mr. Fryman is pursuing a professional master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University in order to expand his experience and interests in biological research in order to generate positive improvements in health care systems and policy. Mr. Fryman is also a student athlete at Rice University, He is a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.
Ms. Selin Ergulen graduated from Rice University in 2019 with a B.S. in Chemistry. During her time at Rice, she served as President of the Rice Equestrian Team and did undergraduate research at the Marti Lab. She initially worked on the synthesis of a rhodamine based fluorescent surfactant for the dispersion and study of Boron Nitride Nanotubes. Her later research focused on synthesizing different fluorescent surfactants to disperse and array of molecules. Starting in August 2019, Ms. Ergulen is pursuing her professional master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University in order to expand her knowledge of healthcare policy and business.
Ms. Bindal graduated from Rice University in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy program to advance her skills and broaden her background. She was able to secure an internship with the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Mohini has been accepted to UT Medical School where she will continue on her career trajectory to become a doctor.
Ms. Ogwumike is an undergraduate senior at Rice University majoring in Health Sciences, Policy Studies, and a certification in Spanish. As a student at Rice University, she has interned with Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Nutritional Research Center where she analyzed Houston-Area nutrition data to develop new education programs and tested these programs that were designed in order to effectively help children learn healthy behaviors. She also had an externship at La Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, where she studied under Spanish physicians about proper patient-doctor care for Spanish-speaking patients. Ms. Ogwumike then enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy graduate program, where she pairs her background in health promotion and education in minority populations with principles acquired by the program to focus on biological mechanisms and health policy. Ms. Ogwumike is also a student athlete at Rice University, for she is a member of the Women’s Basketball team.
Ms. Sydney Sheffield graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and received a B.S.A. in Nutritional Science and certificate in Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. During her undergraduate studies, she assisted in research considering the affects of nutritional intervention on obesity in title one elementary students. Her participation in this study helped her develop an interest in not only research but also health policy, specifically relating to food and nutrition. Starting in August 2018, Ms. Sheffield completed her professional master’s degree in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University in order to further her education on disease prevention and health policy. She conducted an internship with USDA/ARS Children Nutrition Center in Houston, and was hired after graduation.
Kaley Neugebauer graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio
in 2016 with a B.S.in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology.
While at Trinity, she worked on a clinical psychology research study
assessing the efficacy of a body positivity exercise on college-age
women’s attitudes towards their bodies.
Upon graduating, Kaley was hired by the University of Southern
California to work as a research assistant on a women’s health study
on the west side of San Antonio. It was through her work on this project
that Kaley took an interest in health policy and disparities in healthcare.
Kaley started her Master’s in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice
University in the fall of 2018, hoping to use her background in
bioscience to better inform future health policy decisions.
Kaley secured an internship with Baylor College of Medicine, and was hired after graduation.
Ms. Rosemary Richard graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She is interested in neuroscience and communication. Ms. Richard is enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy program at Rice University, to pair her lifelong interest with practice in research and policy. Rosemary secured an internship with USI Southwest and continued working there after her graduation.
Shannon Wu received a B.S. in Public Health from Santa Clara
University in California in 2018.
While completing her undergraduate studies in California,
she gathered work experience through an awarded Valeriote
Goldman Public Health Leadership internship in children’s health
education and promotion. In addition to her internship, she gained
experience in essential statistical skills to manage and analyze
health science data to tackle paramount issues in public health.
Driven by her experiences working with immigrant Latinx children
in the Bay Area and her upbringing as a child of a Cambodian
genocide survivor, she acknowledges how entangled
external social, environmental, political and historical factors
instigate negative health outcomes.
In pursuing a Professional Master’s of Science in Biosciences
and Health Policy at Rice University, she hopes to further explore
the biological repercussions that ensue from social determinants of
health and regulations in policies that govern the quality, accessibility,
and development of health in underserved minority youth.
In combining her biology training and public health background
with her personal experiences, she aspires to reform current health
policies through informed and evidence-based practices.
Shannon secured an internship with Codexis in California.
Ms. Yunyi Wang graduated from The Peking University with a B.S in Life Science in 2017. During her studies, she participated in a Stanford Science Internship Training Program focused on tissue-engineering, genetics and nano-technology. She also conducted research on the influence of MG53 Protein on Type 2 Diabetes. In addition, Yunyi added work experience by participating in an internship with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), Shenzhen, where she further researched diabetes using genomics and big data. She joined the Bioscience and Health Policy program to expand her education on how policies are developed with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Yunyi succeeded to place into an internship with Harris County Health and Human Services and who hired Yunyi after graduation She is working there as an epidemiologist and data analyst.
Ms. Irene Varghese graduated with a B.tech Biotechnology degree from VIT University in India. During her undergraduate degree, she completed several internships at LifePharma FZE, Armats Biotek and Azyme Biosciences, gaining research experience in various avenues of Biotechnology. These experiences made her curious of the implementation of scientific research in health and biotech policy. She decided to join the Biosciences and Health Policy Program at Rice University, where she gained professional and technical skills to build a career in Healthcare Consulting. Irene secured an internship with Careset Systems in the Texas Medical Center where she was hired as Clinical Ontology Analyst after graduation.