Neha Balachandran

Neha Balachandran

My name is Neha Balachandran, and I am from Suwanee, Georgia.I was very much involved in science and biotechnology research. I was team captain of the Science Olympiad team and a part of an international synthetic biology competitive team called iGEM, the international genetically engineered machines competition. I also am very passionate about community service and dancing Indian Classical Bharatanatyam. I plan to continue my involvement in these hobbies at UAB while I major in Neuroscience. I was drawn to UAB initially for EMSAP and loved everything it had to offer. EMSAP is a unique program through which I can expand my knowledge past the general Pre-Med track and learn about other disciplines. I believe through EMSAP I will be able to become a better Physician. I am currently interested in the field of OB/GYN, neonatal, and emergency medicine and plan to pursue a career in aiding underserved populations through Doctors Without Borders or the Medical Corps upon completing Medical School.


Isha Chaudhary

Isha Chaudhary

My name is Isha Chaudhary and I am from Madison, AL. I am a member of the Science and Technology Honors College and I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I attended James Clemens High School, where I was Vice President of HOSA, a student ambassador, and involved in different honors societies. I enjoy community service, and I have devoted many hours to it, from volunteering at a hospital to teaching math to elementary school students. I plan to engage in similar activities at UAB, and join an Indian dance team. I know I want to be a physician, so I was drawn to EMSAP because of the guaranteed spot in the prestigious UAB School of Medicine. I will have the privilege of being surrounded by mentors and peers with similar professional interests. Currently, I am interested in the fields of neurology, pediatrics, and cardiology. As a physician, I would like to travel overseas and help those less fortunate. I am excited for my future here at UAB! Go Blazers!


Victoria Chen

Victoria Chen

My name is Victoria Chen and I am from Plano, Texas. I will major in Biology and possibly minor in both Neuroscience and Spanish. After medical school, I intend to become a pediatrician and volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. In high school, I was a director of the Research Organization, Vice President of a dance group, and a translator for a medical mission in China. I conducted research in neuroscience and forensic science for two years. Being a part of EMSAP will allow me to make the most of my undergraduate experience under the mentorship of Dr. Pence and surrounded by peers with similar goals. At UAB, I plan to pursue medical research opportunities, join a dance group, continue volunteering, and get involved in student organizations. I am grateful for the many opportunities the EMSAP program provides and hope to contribute to the community.


Melissa Ebeling

Melissa Ebeling

Hello, my name is Melissa Ebeling, and I am from Hartselle, Alabama. I am majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in German. I am passionate about global health and aspire to work as a physician internationally. To achieve this goal, I plan to obtain a dual MD/MPH degree following my undergraduate studies and later specialize as a physician in Emergency Medicine. Academically, dual enrollment in my local college's EMT program has allowed me to actively participate in the medical field and solidified my interest in the EM specialty. I have a strong calling on my life to help people, and it is my intent and desire to become involved in the advancement of medicine in third-world and war-torn nations by providing medical care to those most desperately in need. EMSAP is such a wonderful program with so many opportunities; I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a group of individuals who are passionate about medicine and making a difference in the lives of others. Outside of school, I enjoy practicing martial arts (three black belts), woodworking, metalworking, and volunteering for hospice.


Kristine Farag

Kristine Farag

I am from Carmel, Indiana, and I plan to pursue an Immunology major and Philosophy minor. After medical school, I hope to become an oncologist. Recently, I traveled to India on a medical mission and discovered my passion for serving abroad. For this reason, and in conjunction with my Egyptian heritage, I would love to participate in missions with the Coptic Medical Association of North America and give back to those less fortunate than me overseas. In high school, I was involved with athletics, students with intellectual disabilities, and fundraising through Carmel Dance Marathon. At UAB, I plan to get involved with research, Blazerthon, other community outreach organizations and Greek Life. I am so grateful for the opportunity of early admittance to medical school through EMSAP and hope to give back to the program in my time there.

 


Jessica Graham

Jessica Graham

My name is Jessica Graham and I am from Moulton, Alabama. I attended Lawrence County High School, where I was involved with HOSA, Junior Civitan, National Honor Society, and served as drum major of the band. I am majoring in Biology and I am a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program. After medical school, I would like to specialize in pediatrics, work with special needs children, and become involved with Doctors Without Borders. The knowledge that I already have a spot in medical school will allow me to make the most of my undergraduate experience and explore all of my personal interests. As a part of EMSAP, I am thankful to have a close network of peers and mentors that will help push me to be successful.


Edward Huang

Edward Huang

My name is Edward Huang and I'm from Vestavia Hills, Alabama. I attended Vestavia Hills High School, so I was always in close proximity to UAB. I competed with my high school swim team since I was in 8th grade, my club team since 2nd grade, I was the president of my math team, and I volunteered in the McWane Center through high school. I am currently looking at a chemistry major, but I may add on biology in the future. I was drawn to EMSAP because it combines the unity and comfort of a public university with the rigor and prestige of a private institution. At the moment, I want to specialize in some type of surgery because I like using my hands and I greatly value work that requires precision and detail. I am excited for the future and unique experiences that EMSAP can provide me and my peers. Go Blazers!


Amy Jasani

Amy Jasani

Though I was born in Pittsburgh, I grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia just outside of Atlanta. I am majoring in Biology and plan on pursuing my business and management interests in the Collat School of Business. In a nutshell, I absolutely love meeting new people, traveling, and pursuing my deepest passions. Through my experiences in the sciences, business, research, and medicine, I one day hope to lead where my interests intersect to empower and serve people. In high school, I worked in leadership training and programs, volunteered in my community, avidly researched, and advocated in Model UN in the World Health Organization, especially on behalf of women's rights. I chose EMSAP because I am confident I want to become a practicing physician, but I also desire to develop as a person and grow the campus in areas outside of medicine. At UAB, I am excited to be a part of the EMSAP family and add to the institution as a Blazer!"


Garrett Jebeles

Garrett Jebeles

My name is Garrett Jebeles. I am from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and I plan on majoring in Biology. I attended Vestavia Hills High School where I was a member of the soccer team, youth judicial team, Nintendo club, and peer tutoring. Currently, I am unsure of my future after medical school. I was attracted to UAB because both of my parents attended this school and I grew up attending UAB soccer and basketball games. The EMSAP program, in particular, drew me toward UAB because I felt that it would allow me to pursue my other interests – such as studying abroad and research – without the pressure applying to medical school.


Wendy Jiang

Wendy Jiang

My name is Wendy Jiang, and I am from Vestavia Hills, AL, a small suburb of the Birmingham area. I plan on majoring in Public Health to not only understand the scientific aspects of medicine but also the social, political, and behavioral characteristics. After medical school, I hope to match in obstetrics and gynecology to pursue my interests of women’s health. Because of the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, I can learn how to treat the disease and go even further to treat the patient— UAB is at the forefront of this type of patient-centered care. I want to study abroad to learn about different perspectives, cultures, and traditions while I focus on my studies. Aside from medicine, I intend to become a part of various clubs and experience rare opportunities only provided at UAB. I always love being active from hiking on nature trails to increasing my strength at the powerlifting platform. If you want to find me, I will most likely be at Chipotle! I know my experience at UAB will be life-changing to guide me towards my future.


Alice Kim

Alice Kim

I am from Huntsville, Alabama and I plan to major in Neuroscience. I attended Virgil I. Grissom High School, where I was involved in the Band, National Honor Society, and Latin Club. The Early Optometry Program at UAB will provide the ideal environment for me to explore unique academic opportunities and maintain personal hobbies while having a secure spot in optometry school. I am especially excited to experience medical research and Dr. Pence’s Bioethics seminars while surrounding myself with motivated peers. I hope to study abroad to study various health sciences in different cultures. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the EMSAP family and hope to work at a private practice after attending UAB’s prestigious optometry school.


Hamad Muhammad

Hamad Muhammad

Hi! My name is Hamad Muhammad, and I am from Madison, Alabama. I currently plan on studying Neuroscience and I am a member of the University Honors Program. I attended James Clemens High School, where I was a part of numerous honor societies, HOSA Club, Chemistry Club, as well as the varsity soccer team. I became enticed by EMSAP because of the many advantageous opportunities it provides. I value the presence of my peers and mentors in both motivating me as well as ensuring my steadfast commitment to my future goals of becoming a physician. EMSAP, through the mentorship of Dr. Pence, concurrent with classmates who share a similar ambition, actively grants this and hence drew me into applying. Along with this, having a guaranteed spot in medical school ensures my devoted participation in campus activities, renowned UAB research, as well as shadowing and volunteering, all with an intention of bettering myself to become the most effective medical professional I possibly can. Although I am unsure about my career specifics after medical school, I sincerely hope to travel overseas and serve those in dire need. In aspects outside of academics, I enjoy traveling, refereeing, and playing soccer and basketball.


Nicole Naylor

Nicole Naylor

My name is Nicole Naylor and I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I attended the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, where I was involved in tutoring, band, art, Key Club, HOSA, and other service clubs. I am majoring in Biology and I am a member of the UAB University Honors Program. As part of the Early Optometry Program, I would like to use my undergraduate years to explore different opportunities that UAB offers - including research, shadowing, and interning. I am excited to have a close group of people that will allow me to become a more well rounded individual, to take different EMSAP seminars, and other unique opportunities I would not have experienced without EMSAP.


Sunya Reddy

Sunya Reddy

My name is Sunya Reddy and I am from Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. During high school, I volunteered weekly at a local free clinic, led the school's National Honor Society, HOSA chapter, and Mock Trial team, and championed for student participation and political activism as vice president of my student body. Next year, I plan on majoring in public health. Public health is the kind of interdisciplinary study that encourages my diverse interests and promotes flexibility in learning.

At UAB, I hope to satisfy my desire for cultural immersion by studying abroad and encountering unique beliefs and customs. After receiving my medical degree, I want to obtain my MPH and work with establishing health policy and initiatives in developing countries. I would like to administer medical care to rural areas with little access to hospitals and treatment options, and I hope to one day work with a humanitarian organization in a mobile clinic overseas. EMSAP and its numerous opportunities bring me one giant step closer to attaining my goals, and I am incredibly honored to be a part of such a phenomenal organization.


Tanvee Sinha

Tanvee Sinha

I am from Cupertino, California, and I am majoring in Neuroscience. I was drawn to UAB's EMSAP Program because of the strength of the program, the mentorship, research opportunities and the camaraderie of my fellow EMSAP students. Having this guaranteed spot in medical school allows me to use my undergraduate years to venture out of my comfort zone and join clubs/organizations/activities that will provide a well-rounded experience. I have lived and traveled across 6 continents, am trilingual in Mandarin, Hindi and English, and hope to be able to apply the skills I learn through this program in some of the emerging economies. I have served as the President of the Silicon Valley Red Cross Youth Chapter and have been involved in a number of voluntary activities ranging from special needs children to human trafficking victims in India. I also enjoy foil fencing, running and Bollywood dancing. At UAB, I will continue my work with the American Red Cross and pursue my other interests such as research, joining an Indian dance team and the Ethics Bowl, and participating in sports clubs.


Karen Wang

Karen Wang

My name is Karen Wang, and I'm from Auburn, Alabama. I'm majoring in biomedical sciences and am part of the Science and Technology Honors College. In high school, I was part of the International Baccalaureate program. I was also involved in Varsity volleyball, piano, and several clubs. At UAB, I hope to remain involved in student organizations and intramural sports. Being a part of EMSAP will allow me to really enjoy my undergraduate experience. I'm excited for all of Dr. Pence's seminars, such as bioethics, and all of the research opportunities. The program will also surround me with students who have similar goals. I am unsure of what I exactly want to do after medical school, but I do know that I would like to eventually open a private practice and that EMSAP will really help me explore all my options.


Audria Wood

Audria Wood

My name is Audria Wood and I am from Gadsden, Alabama. I graduated from Gadsden City High School, where I started on the varsity soccer, golf, and bowling teams. I was involved in nearly every club the school had to offer including an ambassador program throughout the city. I've always worked hard in my volunteering, athletic life, and academic life. I first discovered EMSAP while studying for the ACT. Immediately, I knew it was a program I wanted to be apart, and today, I have absolutely no regrets in this decision. I wish to be a surgeon, and this program allows for me to further my knowledge and opens more opportunities in pursuit of this goal. More so, being already accepted into a medical school is such an advantage in that it limits the overwhelming worry of graduate school acceptance that can overshadow your undergraduate experience. For me, EMSAP is the first step in a long journey of the road to medicine. Along the way, I am majoring in Biology and participating in the Personalized Pathway of the Honors Program. Extracurricularly, I continue to fulfill an interest in soccer, ceramics, and learning as much as possible about my future career.