Akua Owusu is originally from Ghana, where she attended Wesley Girls’ High School. She has just finished her sophomore year of college at the UConn Waterbury campus, where she received the Wendell Hoang Award for excellence in Organic Chemistry, of which she is very proud. A molecular and cell biology major, Akua is looking forward to a career in cardiology. She has shadowed in an emergency department and works as a CNA in hospitals, nursing homes, and adult living communities. In 2012 she had the opportunity to observe brain surgery at KATH Hospital in Ghana. When Akua isn’t working or shadowing, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Sarah Ollayos is from Southbury, CT, where she graduated from Pomperaug Regional High School. She has dedicated herself to living a healthy lifestyle and as such has participated in numerous road races and works in a fitness center. She is a nutritional sciences major and will be applying to the didactic program this year.
Maame Obeng is a nursing major with an interest in establishing a community based clinic or hospital. Her experiences as a CNA, a certification she has held since her senior year of high school, are what made her decide that nursing was definitely for her. She has volunteered at the Hospital of Central Connecticut for two years and has also been a part of the Hunger and Homelessness Project (a subgroup of UConn PIRG). Maame is originally from Ghana but lives in New Britain, CT, where she graduated from New Britain High School. She enjoys trying new workouts with friends and hopes to study abroad in Europe before graduation.
Sara Hasan is a psychology major from West Hartford, CT, though her parents are from Pakistan. A graduate of Hall High School, Sara is on a pre-med track and has had the opportunity to take part in several HCOP programs, including Junior Doctors Academy, High School Student Research Apprentice Program, Pre-College Enrichment Program, College Enrichment Program, and Summer Research Fellowship Program. She has also shadowed doctors in areas ranging from neurosurgery to endocrinology. At UConn she’s a member of the Medical Humanitarian Society and Kids and UConn Bridging Education (KUBE), where she enjoys mentoring young students.
Michael Gonzalez is an athletic training major who enjoys being a practice player for the UConn women’s basketball team. He is currently doing a clinical rotation with the UConn football team, assisting with rehab, taping and bracing, and field set up, and working the sideline on game days. He has trained at the Ray Reid Soccer Camp, where he assisted in evaluation of injuries and administered first aid. Michael is from Miami, FL, but is a graduate of Hamden High School.
Ayesha Ejaz loves to travel and has been to eight countries so far. A biological sciences major and a sociology minor on the pre-dental track, she would love to go on a dental mission trip somewhere abroad in the future. Ayesha is from East Windsor, CT where she graduated from East Windsor High School. She has been an active member of Connecticut Mission of Mercy for three years, assisting in oral surgery.
Elena Carrington is a molecular and cell biology major from Wolcott, CT. A graduate of Chase Collegiate School, Elena has spent eight years volunteering for Connecticut Mission of Mercy and has assisted dentists and dental students while volunteering for Special Olympics. Elena also loves ballet and spent time this summer in New York dancing at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.
Christian Caceres is from Essex, CT, where he graduated from Valley Regional High School, though both his parents hail from Colombia. He is working on a dual BS/MS degree in nutritional sciences, and biochemical and molecular nutrition respectively. His career interests center on electrophysiology and cardiothoracic surgery, both of which he has learned about through time spent with doctors at the Jim Calhoun Cardiology Clinic at UConn Health. He has shadowed at Shoreline Medical Center for several years in the emergency department where he has seen lives saved and lives lost, which has only further impassioned him to pursue a career in medicine. He enjoys educating and mentoring others and will be serving as a tutor for SSS this year.
Renoj Varghese is from Orange, CT where he graduated from Amity Regional High School with the ability to play the oboe. To address his interest in bioinformatics, Renoj will pursue a dual degree in molecular and cell biology, and computer science and engineering. He has volunteered at both Milford Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital, where he shadowed a physician-scientist.
I’jaaz Muhammad has been intrigued by the health professions because of his sister’s genetic disability, his grandmother’s diabetes, and his mother’s back problems. He is also interested in reading, writing, theoretical and abstract mathematics, and martial arts. I’jaaz is from Bloomfield, CT where he was home schooled. He has played the violin for 13 years and enjoys trying to master as many skills as he can.