Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

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Ashley Nguyen

Senior Parlee Center Fellow

I have always had strong interests in medicine. The Parlee Center has provided me with a means of connecting my scientific interests with my desire to raise awareness regarding ethical issues in the public sphere. Through the Parlee Center, I was able to travel to Nicaragua to participate in the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children’s (FIMRC) Summer International Health Fellowship (SIHF). After Ursinus, I plan to attend medical school. There, I hope to pursue pediatric medicine, a field in which I will be able to direct my passion for science towards helping children and their families.

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Women’s Tennis 

My Research

I will continue working in Dr. Rebecca Kohn’s lab to study neurotransmitter release and the effect of oxidative stress on neurons, using C. elegans as model organisms. We specifically study the potential protective effects of various antioxidants on the neurons when subjected to hydrogen peroxide. 

My Favorite Parlee CenterEvents

My Parlee CenterCourses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); MCS-256 (Decoding Science); PSYC-220 (Abnormal Psychology)


My Parlee Center Civic Internship

Through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), I was able to spend four weeks in the community of Las Salinas, Nicaragua along with another Parllee Center Fellow, Saloni Parikh. As interns, we interacted directly with the community members of Las Salinas as well as neighboring communities, discussing topics such as prenatal health, diabetes, and malnutrition. We also had the opportunity to work with pediatric patients and shadow the clinic’s pediatrician. Additionally, Saloni, and I were able to teach gym classes in local elementary schools as our independent project, integrating miniature health lessons into each class. 

Life After Ursinus

The overlap between my scientific interests and desire to communicate ethical issues led me to the Parlee Center. After Ursinus, I hope to obtain an M.D. and use the knowledge I acquire to help a multitude of lives.