My name is Mahima Venkatesh and I am 20 years old. I am from Cleveland, Ohio and I was born in Columbus, Ohio. I just graduated from the University of Cincinnati Honors Program with a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Biology and Spanish minor. I am a Darwin T. Turner Scholar, Choose Ohio First Health Scholar, Cincinnatus Scholar, and part of the Connections Dual Admissions Medical Program. I am interested in Indian dance, reading, fashion, travel, and art.
As an honors student at the University Honors Program I have had many interesting opportunities. I have traveled to Ghana as part of an honors seminar called "Women, Population, and Development" during winter break 2011. During spring break 2012, I traveled to Rural Appalachia to build houses as part of the WorkFest Program. Also, I took the honors seminar called "Chemical Aspects of Forensic Science" during Spring Quarter 2012. I was also part of the Biomedical Research Mentoring Program during Spring Quarter 2012. During the Summer 2012, I worked on a research project this summer for the Pediatric Neurology Department at Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital as part of another research experience. I attended Leadershape during Winter Break 2012 and travelled to Spain for the Summer Study Abroad Program at UC for 6 weeks during Summer 2013. Finally, I participated in an honors seminar called Community Health and Minorities.
These experiences have helped me do what I am passionate about. I am very interested in promoting education and equality of women and I was able to experience this firsthand in Ghana. Also I am very interested in service learning and community service, both of which I am able to do through the honors program. These experiences will help me in my future plans learn more about the world through travel and become a doctor.
This summer I will be going to Thailand as part of the GlobeMed GrassRoots On-Site Work Internship (GROW) for 5 weeks to work with our partner organization, Social Action for Women. I will also be completing my Masters in Public Health Practicum at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India. I will be shadowing, volunteering, and researching a project in conjunction with the CIncinnati Children's Hospital Global Child Health Center on Vitamin D and pregnancy.
My future plans after college include getting a Masters in Public Health and going to Medical School. I would like to work in maternal and child health and work on health and education policy in the US and around the world to help ensure equal distribution medical supplies, medical care, health education, and emotional support to babies and mothers.
This picture shows me dancing Karagattam, a South Indian folk dance, at the International Folk Dance Festival in Cleveland during the Summer of 2011. Dance is one of my biggest passions and I would like to promote Indian dance and Indian folk dance to prevent them from being lost or forgotten.
This is a picture of me in Ghana as part of the Honors Seminar called "Women, Population, and Development". This picture represents my passion for working with children and traveling.
This is one of my favorite YouTube Videos that shows that one person can make a difference in the world! The man featured in the video is from my mom's hometown in India, called Madurai. The video shows me that it is important to treat everyone equal and that everyone has the right to feel loved.