Sooin Lee is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a nursing student with a minor in health services management. Sooin applied to Project L/EARN following the advice of a faculty advisor. She has had various experiences in research and wanted to solidify her decision to pursue a career in the research field.
Sooin believes that working with peers that share her interests and passion and working with research professionals was critical to her academic growth and development. Enjoying the statistical knowledge she acquired, Sooin notes that one of the most difficult things about L/EARN was getting used to the amount of reading required, but feels better equipped to reach her future aspirations. Sooin’s career goals include completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and then going to graduate school for a Masters in Nursing. After Project L/EARN she is also interested in getting a Ph.D, possibly in policy research.
This summer, Sooin worked with Dr. Susan Brownlee, on a study entitled “Who Endorses Public or Free Health Clinics? The Role of Immigration Status and Impact on Utilization.” She is appreciative of her mentor’s willingness to help her work through her project as well as making herself available. Sooin states that “She was open to suggestions that I made while giving me a lot of direction when I felt lost as to what I needed to do.” The completion of Project L/EARN has provided Sooin with a better outlook on possibilities for careers, education, and the world.