Shalini Nair

Mentor: Dr. Laura Guyer

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"After learning of the tremendous lack of equity within the field of healthcare I felt drawn to research what continues to propel such a distinction between equally deserving populations. Adequate health services should not be considered a luxury, but rather a basic human right---this is a principle which I hope to shed light on in my research."


Public Health


Health Disparities in Society

Research Interests

  • Public Health
  • Minority Health
  • Epidemiology

Academic Awards

  • Carlos Curbelo Congressional Recognition for Academic Excellence (2016)
  • Florida Academic Scholarship (2016 - Present)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Delta nu Zeta
  • UF Dance Marathon


  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Volunteering
  • Photography
  • Volleyball

Research Description

Identifying Barriers to Health Careers for Florida’s Hispanic Americans
This project focuses on examining the root causes of under-representation and lack of accessibility for Hispanic American populations in healthcare and related fields in the United States. Specific fields of inquiry will include the foundational access to education, inherent boundaries within academia that are deterring such populations, and finally how aspects of culture, including language barriers, contribute to the disparity. Ultimately, this research aims to identify significant yet seemingly overlooked foundational causes for the disparity amongst Hispanic Americans in fields of healthcare across the United States and how these obstacles may be overcome for subsequent generations.