2020-21 Honors Students
Lauren is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Health, and Society, with minors in History of Art and Chemistry. She is involved on campus as a Teaching Assistant with the Biological Sciences Department and works as a Research Assistant with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also a leader in multiple organizations on campus and hopes continue to participate in research in her future, on her path towards Medical School. In the honors program, she will study the intersection of art and medicine with an emphasis on painting’s influence on patient therapy and physician practices with Dr. Aimi Hamraie.
Caroline is studying to complete majors in Medicine, Health, and Society and Spanish, with a minor in Biology. She is very involved with an all women’s fitness and wellness organization, Studio V, and serves as the President of Project C.U.R.E and a first-year student VUceptor. For her honors thesis, she is carrying out an ethnographic investigation of American physicians treating Hispanic/Latino patients battling type II diabetes in an attempt to understand and assess how current notions of health disparities, ethnic group belonging, and race theory impact how physicians view and treat their patients. While in the honors program, she will be working with Dr. Celina Callahan-Kapoor.
Nicole is a senior and double major in Medicine, Health, and Society and Psychology. She is a sex educator at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and a research assistant at the Emotion and Anxiety Research Lab. Her current research interests focus on pregnancy and mental health. While conducting her honors research, she is working with Professor Megan Saylor and Autumn Kujawa. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after gaining further research experience.
Aditi is a senior double majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine, Health, and Society, with a minor in Spanish. On campus, Aditi is an intern at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH), a member of Vanderbilt Lakshya, the Bollywood fusion dance team, a Teaching Assistant for the MHS department, and she is launching Vanderbilt’s first global health journal. She also enjoys volunteering in her free time. Aditi’s research will compare the HIV/AIDS movement with the abortion movement. Specifically, she will be examining legislation and media portrayal of the two issues. While in the honors program, she will work with Dr. Sophie Bjork-James.
Rebecca (Becky) Hollenberg
Becky is a senior studying Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Communication of Science and Technology. She is involved with Partners in Health Engage, Red Cross, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health Student Advisory Committee. She also works in a clinical research lab studying children’s asthma and allergies. While in the honors program, she will work with Dr. Courtney Peterson to research imposter syndrome on Vanderbilt’s campus. She hopes to get her MPH after graduation.
Kaitlin is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Economics, and minoring in Literary Studies. On campus, she is a Resident Adviser and is involved with Vanderbilt New Dawn and The Vanderbilt Review. Her research focuses on the intersections of health policy, politics, and social media. While in the honors program, she will be working with Dr. Sophie Bjork-James.
Iris is a senior pursuing a dual degree in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society. She has served as president of the Vanderbilt Asian American Student Association and currently leads MoveMENTAL, a new multicultural mental health initiative on campus. Iris is also an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Sohee Park’s Mind, Body, and Brain Lab. While in the honors program, she will be working with Dr. Jonathan Metzl to study the effects of COVID-19 on Asian American mental health.
Zoë is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Spanish. On campus she has spent two years as an outreach worker through Students for Health Equity, three years on the Vanderbilt Cheerleading Team, and is a member of the Eta Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is working with Dr. Derek Griffith on her current research, which focuses on the impacts of the University’s sexual assault policies on the mental and physical health of Black and LGBTQ+ students.
Abhi is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Political Science, on the pre-law track. On campus, she is the president of the Vanderbilt South Asian Cultural Exchange and also serves as a peer mentor to the Commons House Advisory Councils. Her research focuses on the impact of health, immigration, and economic policy on access to healthcare for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in the honors program, she will work with Professor Lauren Gaydosh.
Abinaya is a junior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Biological Sciences. On campus, she is an Ingram Scholar, works as an RA on Highland Quad, and enjoys giving mental health presentations through LEAPS. Her research will focus on evaluating the intersection of mental illness and substance use disorder among LGBTQ+ and criminal-justice involved individuals. While in the honors program, she will work with Professor Gilbert Gonzales.
Lauren is senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a Communication of Science and Technology minor. On campus, she is involved in Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, the Inside ‘Dores Admissions Blog, and Volunteers for Health. Her research will explore the relationship between President Donald Trump’s hate speech and the experience in the female body. She would like to investigate if females’ feelings of safety in their own bodies have changed in the four years of Trump’s presidency. While in the honors program, Lauren will work with Professor Caroline Williams.
Noah is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and History, and minoring in Anthropology and Chinese. She holds leadership roles with Wilskills and Hillel, and volunteers with the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Society. She also works as a research assistant for the Vanderbilt LGBT Health Policy Lab. Her thesis aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence services and resources in the Nashville area. While in the honors program, she will work with Dr. Lauren Gaydosh.
Yumeng (Mong) Zhang
Mong is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. Since her first year at Vanderbilt, she has been working at the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with the Music and Social Engagement Group led by Dr. Miriam Lense, who will serve as her MHS honors advisor. She will be completing her senior honors thesis on the modulation of parent infant-directed communication in relation to their child’s language development. On campus, Mong is also involved with Vanderbilt UNICEF and Tour Guides, and also volunteers as a W.O. Smith School violin teacher and a Music Therapy assistant at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.