Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

  • Kathryn Yoo posing with a llama

Kathryn Yoo

Alumni CSCG Fellow

I am passionate about children’s health and interested in global healthcare. The CSCG has allowed me to combine my passion for children’s health and curiosities about the global health system by providing a grant for my 5-week summer study abroad and service immersion internship In Peru. After Ursinus I plan to continue my education in a global health graduate program and then I hope to obtain a medical degree. I plan to specialize in either general pediatrics or neonatology. I also hope to one day travel and establish a global system of pediatric clinics in underserved regions.

Major/Minor/Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Minor in Anthropology / Women’s Volleyball and Philanthropy Chair of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority 

My Research

Iconducted research in Dr. Beth Bailey’s lab. Our lab studies cardiac physiology using a mouse model, primarily studying effects of pregnancy on heart cell size (hypertrophy) and function. 

My Favorite CSCG Events

<– Click on the links to the left!  My favorite CSCG event, which occurred before I was even a Fellow and made me desire to become one, was Dr. Heinzel’s lecture. Dr. Richard Heinzel helped establish Medicos sin Fronteras/ Doctors Without Borders in North America and his work has inspired my goal to become part of global health.

My CSCG Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); POL-354 (Global Health); ANTH -242 (Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa); ANTH -222 (Drugs, Mind, and Body); PSYC-340 (Child Development)

My CSCG Civic Internship

I spent 5 weeks in Cusco, Peru volunteering at San Juan de Dios in the clinic for disabled children. My main duties while I was there were helping with physical and play therapy, preparing the kids for dinner, and then helping feed the children. I was fortunate enough to be at the clinic when the new building opened and helped move the kids into their new rooms. I also learned a lot about the government and culture of Peru. I had the opportunity to meet the head of the clinic, the leader of Peru’s main political party, discuss the emergency response system with volunteer firefighters and indigenous peoples rights with the head of an NGO.  

Life After Ursinus

My internship in Peru sparked my passion for global healthcare. I am now pursuing my MPH at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. I’m even taking a class designed by CSCG speaker Dr. Tom Farley.