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Aakash Shah ’10

Emergency Medicine Physician, NJ

Aakash majors in biology, neuroscience & an area he devises: inequality studies

The Jersey native chooses Ursinus—what he calls “the idyllic small liberal-arts college”—because it offers him a rare opportunity: the freedom to do research from day one. When not competing on the track team or researching in the lab, Aakash hits the library, where his commitment to health equity takes root.

Aakash Shah ’10

Emergency Medicine Physician, NJ

Aakash volunteers at a rural medical clinic in India.

There, he draws on the texts he read in the Common Intellectual Experience first-year coursework as his interest in the applications of medicine and public health grow. The experience opens his eyes to the connection between poverty and health care.
Aakash Shah ’10

Emergency Medicine Physician, NJ

Aakash wins a Rhodes Scholarship.

The oldest and most celebrated fellowship award in the world. Aakash enrolls at Oxford University, where he pursues an MBA and MSc in social policy.

Aakash Shah ’10

Emergency Medicine Physician, NJ

Aakash earns an MD from Harvard Medical School.

Goes on to work in the emergency room at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and hackensacand launch a nonprofit, Be Jersey Strong, which helps the uninsured.

Aakash Shah ’10

Emergency Medicine Physician, NJ

Honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

Aakash is among 10 individuals selected by the White House for their work relating to the Affordable Care Act. He and his team mobilize and train about 500 volunteers from college campuses, many of whom speak a second language, to provide outreach and enrollment assistance.

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94%

of students in the class of 2018 are either employed, in graduate or professional school, or have chosen service such as the military or a fellowship within six months of graduation.

Ursinus Receives Record $11 Million Donation to Support Abele Scholars Program

Philanthropists Joan and Will Abele ’61, through their Abele Family Foundation, have generously provided Ursinus with the largest single private gift in its 150-year history, one that will fill the financial gaps confronting many students from low- and middle-income families and support the Abele Scholars Program for years to come.

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The Future of Footwear: Ursinus Alumni from adidas and Carbon Collaborate to Create the Next Breakthrough in Hi-Tech Sneakers

Learn how two liberal arts graduates have come together to create the first performance footwear crafted with light and oxygen. Topics of innovation, collaboration and finding meaningful work will be discussed.
Presented by Chris Polster ’12, Engineering Manager, Future Team, adidas and Phil DeSimone ’12, Chief Customer Officer, Co-Founder, Carbon Inc.
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