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Aislyn Orji, Health Sciences 

Aislyn OAislyn Orji (Martel College, '18) is majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Sociology. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, her interest in public health was sparked through directly encountering health disparities in her native country. At Rice, she has been a part of several Alternative Spring Break trips through the Center for Civic Leadership, which have allowed her to investigate the impact of health on homeless populations. Additionally, she particularly has an interest in global public health, with an emphasis on maternal & child health. Through a medical mission trip to Grand Goave, Haiti, she administered aid to Haitian families in rural areas with little access to healthcare, resulting in a narrative publication. Later in her undergraduate career, she conducted a comparative research project on the impact of female genital mutilation between African immigrants in Houston and Barcelona, Spain.

Aislyn is currently an undergraduate fellow with the Kinder Institute's Urban Health Program. She aids principal investigators in looking into health effects from environmental pollution, as well as food insecurity for children. This upcoming fall, she will also hold an internship with the Houston Health Department, to reduce the impact of health inequities on the city.

Outside of academics, Aislyn was the 2016-2017 President of Rice University's Black Student Association. In Fall 2017, she will enter her second term as the Dance Director of Rice University's African Student Association. She is also a leader of IMPACT Christian Ministries on campus, and has been an undergraduate fellow for the Gateway Study of Leadership and Global Urban Lab programs.

Aislyn holds the 2016 CSWGS Best Undergraduate Essay Prize, and is also a recipient of the Global Urban Lab research award. She enjoys blogging, dance, writing, and modeling.

Post-graduation, Aislyn plans to pursue a Master's of Public Health at a top graduate program, with a concentration in Epidemiology. She hopes to decrease the burden of health disparities on marginalized and vulnerable populations, and ultimately have a hand in research and policy affecting african women and girls.