Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

Sarah R. DeFelice

Sophomore CSCG Fellow

I plan to attend a graduate school that has an excellent Physician’s Assistant program, as I intend to hold a career as a Physician’s Assistant in dermatology. The health of the largest organ of the human body and particularly the health of this organ for people of color has always been an interest of mine. I have spent numerous years conducting independent dermatological research and I currently make my own makeup, skin, and hair care products for ethnic skin. As a PA in dermatology, I aim to speak as a leading scientific authority on skincare, address the medical questions of the public, and disperse my dermatological products to the minority communities in need. I would like to work in impoverished areas, where scientific understanding is at a low level. The position of a PA allows me to directly interact with patients, opening opportunities for me to share with them some scientific knowledge. One way to improve the dissatisfactory health conditions of impoverished areas, I believe, is to foster the basic medical education of those in poverty. I do not want to be a distant source of scientific knowledge—rather, my goal is to be actively engaged with the public, working with science alongside of citizens to improve the health of our communities.

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Double-major in Biology and Spanish / Fundraising Chair of Active Minds, Voices in Praise Gospel Choir, ALMAIntervarsity Christian Fellowshi

My Favorite CSCG Events

My favorite CSCG event was the lecture given by Frances Moore Lappé of the Small Planet Institute. She exemplified an ideal case of a scientist taking a leadership role in the public sphere for the common good of creation. I left her lecture feeling deeply inspired and encouraged.

  • Frances Moore Lappé

My CSCG Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); Soc-110 (Contemporary Issues); Span-251 (Survey of Spanish Literature);Span-252 (Survey of Latin American Literature); Psyc-100 (Introductory Psychology); IDS-050 (Entrepreneurship); Span-308 (Culture and Medicine); MCS-256 (Decoding Science) 

Life After Ursinus

I plan to attend a graduate school that has an excellent Physician’s Assistant program, as I intend to hold a career as a Physician’s Assistant in dermatology. The health of the largest organ of the human body and particularly the health of this organ for people of color has always been an interest of mine. I have spent numerous years conducting independent dermatological research and I currently make my own makeup, skin, and hair care products for ethnic skin. As a PA in dermatology, I aim to speak as a leading scientific authority on skincare, address the medical questions of the public, and disperse my dermatological products to the minority communities in need.