Writing Instructor & Pre-med Advisor
Soumya is a sophomore at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is double majoring in Neuroscience and Journalism on the Pre-Medical track while pursuing a certificate in Design. She hopes to use this unique combination of skills to make healthcare more accessible and understandable to minority populations.
At Northwestern, Soumya is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. She won the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program grant her freshman year to conduct microbiome research in the Amato Lab on the effect of gut microbiota on malnutrition to better understand the human body. She will continue this research throughout her time at Northwestern. Additionally, she serves as the Head Coordinator for the Devon Clinic Translators, a group of students who provide medical translation to low-income patients in a Chicago free clinic.
She is also the Associate Managing Director of Development for the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal, where she edits undergraduate research theses, assigns DOIs to projects, and promotes the journal on social media. Furthermore, she is the Director of Research and Initiatives for Project RISHI, a global health organization focused in India, is the Director of PR and a Recruitment Captain for her sorority, Delta Gamma, and is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the premedical co-ed fraternity.
In high school, Soumya was deeply involved with journalism and served as the Editor-in-Chief of both her school’s online paper and fine arts magazine. She created an audio piece for her local subset of National Public Radio, which was broadcast to over 1,000,000 people. Additionally, she gave a presentation at the National High School Journalism Convention on the importance of diversity in journalism. Soumya is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and tirelessly advocates for equal opportunities.
She also served as the President of the South Asian culture club and the President of the diversity in journalism club, played varsity tennis, and played viola and violin in a nationally-renowned chamber orchestra. Her wide variety of academic interests led her to pursue a variety of different experiences: everything from taking a college level anatomy course in high school to placing highly at a chemistry competition at Washington University in St. Louis to winning local writing contests.
She believes what helped her most to be successful is her mentors and wishes to bring this opportunity to others. Soumya is excited to bring her academic and extracurricular experiences, as well as the skills that she has developed in order to be able to pursue a rigorous career path, to the students at The Vanguardian.