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Student Highlights

Our PURCH students have many different motivations, aspirations, and career goals.

Read about some of their achievements here!

Vanessa Avalone

Her work focuses on youth mental health and substance use.

Meet Vanessa
Student Spotlight Vanessa Avalone

Carly Herbert Awarded TL1 Fellowship

Rapid COVID-19 test research informed FDA guidance.
Carly Herbert TL1 Fellowship Award

Marcella Jewell Wins Mass Medical Society Award

Honored for dashboard to track pediatric mental health ED boarding.
Marcella Jewell 2022 Massachusetts Medical Society Award

PURCH Students Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

See the honorees
UMass Medical School Gold Humanism in Medicine

Iha Kaul

The TH Chan School of Medicine selected her to give the 2022 commencement speech.

Iha Kaul UMass Chan Medical School 20222 Commencement Speaker

Theo Eldore

He wants to be an advocate and role model for LGBTQIA+ patients.

Meet Theo
UMass Chan Spotlight on PURCH Student Theo Eldore

Trailblazer Award

A trailblazer prepares the way for others to follow.

Our awardees
Annual PURCH Trailblazer Award

Stella Barth

She presented her research on spinal cord injuries at two national neuroscience conferences.
Stella Barth PURCH Medical Student

Sabahat Rahman

Her aim is to work at the "intersection of health care and human rights."

Meet Sabahat

Kendall Burdick Awarded $5000 Grant

Burdick will continue  her study on disparities in pediatric trauma access.
Kendall Burdick Pediatric Trauma Research Highlight

Kassandra Jean Marie

A passion to address inequities in healthcare access drew her to PURCH.

Meet Kassandra

Fullbright Fellowship Awards

Emily Nuss and Tatiana Petrovich received the Fellowships to study household air pollution in Guatemala
Little guatemalan Girl