"I applied to the University Scholars program because it gave me an opportunity to showcase my research and enabled me to network with other students from the university involved in research. My overall goal is to conclude the year with a published paper."
I have always been interested in public health and medicine. My goal is to attend nursing school after graduating from the University of Florida. My career goal is to become a nurse practitioner.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Bachelor's of Health Science Honors Program (2010-Present)
- Florida Bright Futures (2008-Present)
- Withlacoochee Electrical Co-op Leadership Scholarship (2008-Present)
- Shands Healthcare Volunteer Heal the World
- UF Campus Kitchen
- Relay for Life
Shands Healthcare Volunteer (Emergency Room and Hyperbaric Chamber), and Campus Kitchen Heal the World.
Hobbies and Interests
- Running, biking, swimming, UF football, and dancing.
Effects of Livelihood on Improved Health Outcomes in Northeastern Niger
The research question I will be analyzing is whether pastoralism in Northeastern Niger contributes to improved health outcomes, as measured by rates of fever, diarrhea, and malnutrition? In order to answer this question, I am working with Sarah McKune, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has spent several years in Niger doing field research to complete her thesis. Sarah assessed a total of seven communities, with varying livelihoods, in Niger. She gathered health information through household surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, questionnaires (given to mothers to assess the occurrence of fever and diarrhea in their children), and children were also charted on height, weight, and upper-arm circumference to determine malnourishment. Sarah is also in the process of completing a seven-point spectrum that progresses from solely agricultural to solely pastoral, which will assess the role of livelihood in health outcomes. I am working with the research Sarah has already conducted in Niger to answer my research question. By combining our research, global health efforts will be served by an increased understanding of how a livelihood scale may better detect health vulnerabilities of given populations.