Chinmayi Venkatram

I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, studying sociology and global studies. I am deeply passionate about integrating civic engagement, public health and medicine as a future health care worker. My courses and volunteer experiences have challenged me to think about health beyond the immediate biology of it. In the last three years, I have accumulated diverse health and activism experiences that have prepared me for the Elsie Hillman Honors Scholars Program. In my freshman year, I pursued advocacy related to education and volunteered at Lincoln Elementary School, an under-served school. In my sophomore year, I became a research assistant at the Department of Critical Care Medicine  and a science communications writer at the Climate Center. As a research assistant, I explored the relationship between health policy and critical care interventions, and as a writer, I helped translate climate change literature into brief articles to be disseminated to the public. In my junior year, I completed the Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellowship and became a Connections4Health fellow at the Birmingham Clinic. Both of these experiences gave me the tools I needed to be a better health advocate and exposed  me to diverse populations. Currently, I am an undergraduate research assistant at Magee Women's Research Institute, where I study intimate-partner-violence among vulnerable populations. I was recently awarded the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Curiosity Grant to start my sociology thesis related to intimate-partner-violence among college students. The summer before senior year, I participated in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program at Washington University in St. Louis. There, I worked with a dissemination and implementation research scientist and studied infectious disease interventions.