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Trisha Siter

Senior CSCG Fellow

My passion for science and medicine sparked when I was accepted into an allied health program in high school. After shadowing doctors and nurses in all fields of medicine I learned that my true desire is to become an optometrist. I would love to help underprivileged communities by giving them the eye care that they need. CSCG has given me the opportunity to learn how to best communicate the science that I have learned to others. Being a Fellow also gave me the opportunity to study abroad in India for four weeks at an eye hospital. While in India, I also spent a week with the public health group during which I worked with high risk groups such as female sex workers and high risk pregnancies. This opportunity gave me experience in the health care systems outside the US and increased my cultural knowledge.

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Wind Ensemble / S.T.A.T. / Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society 

My Research 

I am doing research with Dr. Robert Dawley on field mice and their populations in the nearby college woods. Since freshman year, I have worked with Dr. Dawley, trying to record the mouse populations in the fragmented forests through mouse boxes and traps. This research will hopefully lead to the investigation of Lyme disease in fragmented forests.  

My Favorite CSCG Events

Safeguarding the American Food Supply a conference coordinated by The Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good, the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and Sigma Xi, the international scientific honor society.

My CSCG Courses

MCS-256 (Decoding Science); POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); ENV-262 (Environment in Literature); HEP-202 (Public Health) 

My CSCG Civic Internship 

I spent four weeks in New Delhi India through a program called Sight for All Ophthalmology through Child Family Health International (CFHI). I shadowed at Venu Eye Institute, an eye hospital, with various specialists and even the operating room. Once a week, I would travel to rural villages with the doctors to provide eye care to those who cannot travel the far distances to the main hospitals. I also spent a week with the public health group in Chandigarh at a facility called SWATCH. The facility focused on collecting research and providing healthcare for high risk groups such as female sex workers and high risk pregnancies. 

Life After Ursinus

After Ursinus, I will be attending Salus University for their Optometry Program. I plan to apply the skills I have learned through the CSCG to my future work as an eye doctor. I have a strong desire to make sure everyone has access to proper eye care because everyone deserves to see this beautiful world we live in.