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2020 Minorities in STEM Scholarship Spotlight: Sabrina K.

Avomeen is committed to supporting and helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and leaders in STEM. We’re privileged to have the opportunity to help ease some of the financial stress that comes with higher education. Our Women in STEM and Minorities in STEM Scholarship Program allows us to support undergraduates who are on their way to doing incredible things in STEM fields of study. Today, we’re getting to know Sabrina K., the recipient of Avomeen’s 2020 Minorities in STEM Scholarship.

You’re currently studying biological sciences, and are interested in becoming a doctor to reach under-served populations. Did you consider any other professions or career paths before deciding on becoming a doctor?

Absolutely. For a while I had wanted to be an electrical engineer because of my experiences on my high school’s robotics team and at engineering summer camps. I learned later in high school that engineering is one of my favorite hobbies, but my real passion is helping others. Also, I realized that as technology continues to play a larger role in our everyday and professional lives, I can have fun with engineering while still being a physician.

Who influenced your career path?

When I was little, my grandfather would show me his medicine or insulin pens and would call me Dr. Sabrina. He would say, “When are you going to be my doctor, bache?” (Endearing way of saying my child). Other than those memories, my parents have continued to encourage me to choose a career path that helps others day in and day out, while learning what I love.

Can you tell us more about the work you’re doing with the non-profit organization Partners in Health? How did you become involved with Partners in Health?

I became involved with Partners in Health (PIH) through a Global Health Anthropology class during my first year of college. My professor for that course is the faculty liaison for the organization and told us about the work done by the original nonprofit. Since the shift to online, our PIH chapter has held call-a-thons, has continued to write letters to our Senators asking them to sign on to various bills, and has held a webinar on the topic of mental health during the  [COVID-19] pandemic.

What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan to spend a summer abroad doing philanthropy work or volunteering with a non-governmental organization. I want to get as much experience as possible working with different people while emerging myself in various cultures.

Science is fun! We’re big fans of science and STEM jokes. Do you have a favorite joke you’d like to share?

“I wish this textbook information would passively transport into my brain.” (Get it? Because it’s going from a higher concentration to a lower concentration and doesn’t require any energy).