A-Nam Nguyen is a rising senior at Rutgers University where she majors in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She became interested in research after her first internship last spring with a not-for-profit organization based in New York City called Clinical Directors Network (CDN). After being a part of this organization, which included both research and the collaboration of networks to improve underrepresented communities, A-Nam was ready to be exposed to more research opportunities and decided to commit to Project L/EARN this summer.
For A-Nam, the best thing about Project L/EARN was the amount of support she received from her peers in her cohort, as well as from the administrative and instructional staff. She says, “Being around the group of women in my cohort who were supportive of my emotional and mental wellbeing, allowed for a genuine community. I truly enjoyed and appreciated being surrounded by strong-minded, hardworking interns.”
This summer, A-Nam worked on a project looking at the association between race/ethnicity and self-rated health among children with her mentor, Dr. Sharon Bzostek. She believes “the best part about working with my mentor was really feeling respected for my own efforts, and the kind guidance I received under her mentorship.” Looking ahead to the future, A-Nam is considering both research and medical school. She would like to use research as a means to learn more about how medicine reaches and impacts society. In advice for future interns, A-Nam states, “This program is a grand opportunity for anyone looking to increase their knowledge. The first steps needed to work alongside intellectuals who work together to make a difference in society is to establish a connection with these networks, be open-minded, and allow for yourself the chance to grow.”