2021-22 Honors Students
Jack is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, he is involved in Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Seniors Give Back, and volunteers as a tutor for middle school children in the Nashville area. His research will investigate the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental health of the US population and how outcomes have varied between different age cohorts and geographical regions within the US. While in the honors program, Jack will work with Dr. Gilbert Gonzales.
Elizabeth is a senior pursuing a dual degree in Medicine, Health, and Society and Communication of Science and Technology. Outside of classes, she is a researcher in an immunogenetics lab at VUMC, a musician and orchestra manager of the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra, and a volunteer with various science and music organizations. Elizabeth is interested in evaluating approaches to health communication by medical professionals and trust between the public and medical professionals. While in the honors program, she will be working with Professor Alexander Jacobs.
Camryn is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and French. On campus, she is involved in Vanderbilt Students Volunteer for Science, Vanderbilt Initiative for Public Health Equality, and Women’s Club Volleyball, where she served as a Community Outreach Co-Chair in her sophomore year. While in the honors program, Camryn will be working with Dr. Rosevelt Noble to explore how the experiences and mental health of Black individuals is impacted by occupational stressors in professional environments.
Madelyn is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with minors in Chemistry and Islamic Studies. She has served as the Diversity Showcase Chair for MOSAIC and is currently a volunteer crisis counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, having received her training through Vanderbilt CITV. While in the MHS honors program, Madelyn will be working with Dr. Celina Callahan-Kapoor to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on incarcerated populations domestically.
Joseph (Joey) Fontana
Joey is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Neuroscience. On campus, he is involved in Vanderbilt for Veterans, Men’s Club Soccer, VSVS, VSG, and is an LA for BSCI 1510. He also works as a research assistant in the Johnson Laboratory in the Vanderbilt Center for Bone Biology, researching breast cancer metastasis to bone and breast cancer dormancy in bone. While in the honors program, Joey will be working with Dr. Gilbert Gonzales to explore veteran mental health and its associated risk factors.
Taylor is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. On campus she is a member of the Chi Omega sorority and pre-nursing society. In Nashville, she volunteers as a mentor for high school students in MNPS and is in training to be a Spanish Interpreter at Siloam health. She is currently working with Dr. Dominique Béhague, researching how an individual’s cultural background may influence the way they think about and respond to trauma, particularly in terms of cultural and historical trauma.
Corinne is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health and Society, and minoring in both Anthropology and Mediterranean studies. Her interests lie at the intersection of bioethics and the medical encounter, and she hopes to attain an MD, MA in Bioethics. She is on the executive board of Hearts for Homeless Nashville, serving as the Marketing Director and Fundraising Assistant, is the Personnel Chair of the Chi Omega Fraternity, is a writer for Synesis, and works as an MCAT Tutor. Her honors thesis focuses on treatment over the objection of incompetent patients and aims to create a standardization of practices surrounding ethical review process in acute care facilities, under the advisement of Dr. Joseph Fanning with the Center for Medical Ethics at VUMC.
Alina is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Public Policy Studies with a minor in History of Art. On campus, she serves on the executive board of the Undergraduate Honor Council, chairs the Student Services Fee committee, and volunteers in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the PENCIL program. Her research will focus on understanding the relationship between reproductive healthcare policies and the prevalence of gender-based violence across the United States. While in the honors program, Alina will work with Professor Sophie Bjork-James.
Anish is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. On campus, he is on the board of Project RISHI, American Medical Students Association, and oVRcome. While in the honors program, Anish will be working with Dr. Jonathan Metzl on his thesis, which will explore the effects of COVID-19 on physician mental health.
Victoria is a senior, pursuing a major in Medicine, Health, and Society. On campus, she is the Zoom Coordinator for TAP, an after school tutoring program for children, President of Cards for a Cause, and a member of the NAACP. In addition, Victoria serves as a student assistant for the Brightspace Support Team. Her research is centered around the current pandemic, studying the effects of COVID-19 on Black women. She plans to use this research to develop solutions that will eliminate systemic consequences in future pandemics. While in the honors program, Victoria will work with Professor Tara McKay.
Judy is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society. On campus, she has been involved in Best Buddies, Alternative Spring Break, and Asian American Student Association. She also works in a research lab studying melanoma and breast cancer. After completing her undergraduate degree, Judy hopes to go to medical school to pursue a career in oncology. Her research will touch upon how certain aspects of access to care can facilitate older LGBT access to cancer screenings appropriate for their age and gender. While in the honors program, she will work with Professor Tara McKay.
William (Trey) Minter
Trey is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Public Policy Studies, and minoring in Education Studies. He is the Head Resident Advisor of Murray House, co-president of the Vanderbilt University Concert Band and a member of Vanderbilt’s NAACP’s Political Activism Committee. Trey has also served as an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Dominique Behague in the MHS department. While in the honors program, Trey will be working with Dr. Dominique Behague to study the pitfalls of U.S. health reform, imagining new ways of constructing healthcare systems, and investigate the ways in which public health professionals influence current health policy.
Keely is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Political Science with a minor in Human and Organizational Development. On campus, she is the captain of the Vanderbilt Debate Team, competing in British Parliamentary, Social Justice, and Public Forum debate styles. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. While in the honors program, she will be working with Dr. Aimi Hamraie to explore the impact of age on young adults’ experiences with bariatric surgery.