Interns / Scholars

Participate as an Intern

The Center for Ethical Solutions has a few openings each semester and during the summer for a select group of interns to work on groundbreaking bioethics projects. Interns hold non-paid, 20-hour a week, work-from-home positions that provide flexibility and an opportunity to work on a great variety of projects. Commensurate with education and training, interns can help author “Legal Trends in Bioethics” or “Medical Ethics in the News,” do background research for scholarly projects, or help with administrative duties. See the Center’s home page for current projects. If you are interested in joining the CES team, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at CES to Sigrid Fry-Revere at sigrid@ethical-solutions.org
Participate as a Scholar
The Center invites scholars with initiative to assist in current
projects or help develop new ones. Currently the Center has no
independent funding, but will support scholars in their grant writing
and publication efforts. Please contact Sigrid Fry-Revere at sigrid@ethical-solutions.org to discuss possible scholarly contributions to the Center.
Participate as a Volunteer
Although financial issues are the primary focus of the current healthcare debate, there are also very practical educational issues that need to be addressed to help improve American lives. You can help us make a difference in raising awareness about kidney disease and the organ shortage. Help us develop suggestions for improving veteran’s lives, and the lives of people in chronic pain, or patient-care advocacy. Center volunteers can help in many ways, doing anything from helping organize fundraising events, to handing out flyers or stuffing envelopes. But most of all we want you to share your particular talents and ideas with us. Please contact us at sigrid@ethical-solutions.org today.

The American Living Organ Donor Fund has a few openings each semester and during the summer for a select group of interns to help us meet our mission. Interns hold non-paid, 20-hour a week, work-from-home positions that provide flexibility and an opportunity to work on a great variety of projects. Commensurate with education and training, interns can help research state resources for living donors or help with administrative duties. If you are interested in joining the American Living Organ Donor Fund team, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at ALODN to Sigrid Fry-Revere at — here — . Note that all ALODN interns are also members of the Center for Ethical Solutions intern staff. The two organizations share all their interns.

Participate as a Volunteer

You can help us make a difference in raising awareness about kidney disease and the organ shortage. Help us develop suggestions for ways to improve living donors’ lives and help us answer their calls for help.  Please contact us at — here — today.

Become a Scholar

We encourage scholarly research and writing projects usually done in conjunction with the Center for Ethical Solutions. If you have a particular writing project you would like to pursue, please make inquires —here–.

CURRENT INTERNS/SCHOLARS

Sydney_Zheng_imgSydney Zheng (Newsletter Editor)

Sydney is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She enjoys learning about biology, psychology, economics and computer science. Sydney believes assisting the Center for Ethical Solutions is a wonderful way to serve her community and learn more about the medical and ethical world. In the summer of 2015, she started contributing as an intern for the Center for Ethical Solutions.  She currently helps out as the ALODN Newsletter Editor. 

Vandana Apte (Scholar)

v_cesVandana Apte is a current undergraduate student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick majoring in Biotechnology, concentrating in Policy, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She became passionate about Bioethics during her high school Biology class when she learned about the controversies surrounding the genetic modification of organisms. She is now Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Journal of Bioethics, writes biweekly columns about bioethical issues in her school newspaper, teaches an undergraduate first-year introductory course about Bioethics, debates in the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, and is an active member of her school’s Bioethics Society. An aspiring lawyer and bioethicist, she is particularly interested in reproductive health and policy. She is excited to further her love for Bioethics and learn more about the field through her internship at CES this summer.

 

Sohil Shah (Newsletter Editor)

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Sohil Shah is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is a Biology and Anthropology major with a minor in Public Policy on a premedical track. An avid writer, Sohil is co-founder of The College Essayist, a national organization that connects college bound students with current college students to annihilate college essays. Sohil also serves on the National Teen Council and the National Youth Health Advisory Council. Recently named as one of Eduzine’s Global Young Ambassador for his work in education and writing, Sohil hopes to take his passion for writing an editorial skills to display the importance of the living organ donor network as the ALODN Newsletter editor.

 

Lauren Revere (Intern, Scholar, and Newsletter Editor)

Lauren is a junior at Washington and Lee University and is pursuing a BS in computer science. She is also interested in psychology and law. She is especially fascinated by legal and ethical issues in medicine. Lauren joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in June 2012.

 

 

Anthony Zheng (Web Master)

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Anthony is a Computer Science undergrad at The University of Georgia. He is a Software/Web Developer, and the plan is to release things in hopes if them being useful. During free time if Anthony is not working on a program or web page, he is watching anime. Anthony joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in September of 2015.

 


 

Oliver Yan (Intern)Oliver Yan

Oliver is a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. He is double majoring in Biology and Public Policy. Oliver began working for the American Living Donor Network in the summer of 2016. During his time at UVA, Oliver regularly volunteers at free clinics and conducts independent research on the inhibition of cancerous cells in the Chemistry Department. In the future, he hopes to work as a doctor, biological researcher, or on Capitol Hill as a legislative expert.

 

Thahab Hawsa (Intern) 

Thahab graduated from Duquesne University. She earned master in healthcare Ethics 2016. She wished to continue her PhD in bioethics. Thahab joined the Center of Ethical Solution in the fall of 2016, and will contribute to the ALODF projects. She hopes to have more experience while she intern at Center of Ethical Solution and ALODF.

 

 

 

Melissa Le (Intern)Melissa Le

Melissa Le is currently a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia majoring in Biology. She is pursuing a career in medicine and believes that being active in reforming healthcare policy is the first step in ensuring comprehensive patient care. She is president of United2Heal, a humanitarian organization which collects and sends donated medical supplies to countries in need worldwide. She also volunteers as an EMT in Charlottesville, Va. Melissa is eager to further her passion for Bioethics and learn more about the field through her internship at CES this summer.

 

Laini Watts (Social Media/Brand Marketing) 

Laini is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelors of  Science in Journalism/Advertising. She hopes to one day to earn her Ph.D in the growing field of Data Analysis. For now, she helps ALODF with their social media as well and increasing their brand awareness. If not working on that, she is probably playing an otome visual novel.

 


PAST INTERNS/SCHOLARS

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Alice is a senior at Emory University majoring in chemistry. She wishes to continue studying bioethics through graduate school, and eventually apply the knowledge through practicing medicine. She is currently the president of the Emory Bioethics Society which she has been on the executive board for the past two academic years. Alice is especially interested in issues surrounding death, autonomy, and agency. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in September of 2015 and hopes to contribute and learn from the causes of the Center.

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Srishti is a senior at Sayreville War Memorial High School.  She actively participates in DECA and a school-based computer club that encourages high school and middle school girls to learn computer science. Her interests are diverse, ranging from gardening to playing the Sitar, an Indian classical instrument. She is intrigued by how concepts of computer science and engineering can be applied to provide improvements in the field of medicine.  Her interests in bioethics grew from her AP Psychology class, where discussions were held regarding medical practices and their implications.  She realized that working for the Center for Ethical Solutions as a 2015 summer intern would provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about bioethics and to educate society about current medical practices. In working as an active member in the CES community, Srishti hopes to further her interest in the field of bioethics and contribute to the CES mission.

 

Reema Patel

Reema is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is primarily interested in neuroscience and biology and hopes to work in the field of medicine. Her interest in bioethics began in her AP Biology class, where they would have debates about current ethical issues. This interest was further developed in her neurobiology and DNA Science classes, where ethical issues were presented and discussed. She believes that the issues in bioethics affect much of the world today, and that it’s important to do our best in understanding and resolving these issues. She joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in the summer of 2014 and hopes to continue as she finishes up her high school years.

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Rishab is a junior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. He is passionate about various issues in medical law and ethics. Rishab’s interest inthese topics was refined through his involvement in debate and Model United Nations. He is an active m
ember of the HOSA: Future Health Professionals organization and servesin a leadership capacity. Additionally, Rishab is one of the editors for his school newspaper and a Boy Scout, currently working towards his Eagle Scout rank. He has participated in outreach and research work in areas of patient education and veteran health. Rishab joined the Center for Ethical Solutions as an
intern in the fall of 2015 and looks forward to contributing
his efforts to the organization.

 

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Nithya is a rising freshman at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in bioengineering. Her interest in bioethics began when she interned at a pulmonologist’s practice and became aware of the many intricacies and problems inherent in the healthcare system. In high school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the The Campus Chronicle and ran an introductory computer science class for middle school students at a local library. Nithya hopes to learn more about bioethics through her work as an intern at the Center of Ethical Solutions during the spring and summer of 2016.

 

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Neil is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He is primarily interested in the fields of biology and medicine and their interaction with technology. At his school, Neil actively participates in the Model UN, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Medical Society clubs. In August of 2015, he is going to a local school in China to advise in improving their MUN program. He hopes to utilize his variety of experiences and internship at the Center for Ethical Solutions to pursue a career in medicine and technology. He joined the CES in the summer of 2015 and hopes to continue as he finishes up his high school years.

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Zachary is a junior at American University. Zach has previously interned for Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann back in Fall 2014, and he realized he wanted the experience of working at a think tank. At CES, Zach currently does research on how bioethics relates to Capitol Hill. At American University, Zach is an active member of the college republicans, and he is also an opinion writer for the school newspaper, “The Eagle.” In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, movies, paintball, video games, chess and traveling. Zach joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in June 2011.

Pooja Chandrashekar 

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Pooja is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is especially interested in the intersection between medicine and technology, and hopes to integrate her passions through a career in medicine. In college, she hopes to study neurobiology and computer science, in addition to possibly English language. Pooja’s interests range from creative writing and computational neuroscience research to encouraging girls in computer science and traveling. She is very interested in bioethics and its implications and hopes to continue studying issues in the field through working as a 2014 summer intern for CES.

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Maya is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Her favorite subjects are biology, psychology and computer science and she hope to pursue a career in medicine. She first got introduced to the field of Bioethics in AP Biology and has been reading about it ever since. She believes the field of Bioethics will become more vital as knowledge and technology progresses, and would love to continue to learn and contribute any way she can. In her free time she likes to read and play soccer. She joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in September of 2015.



Duaa AbdelHameid  

Duaa is a rising sophomore studying Biology at American University. She aspires to be a physician and believes that ethics in medicine are just as important as the medical treatment itself. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in the spring of 2013 and looks forward to continuing her work with them as she advances in her career.

Ved Vengsarkar 

 

Ved is a rising junior at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA. His interest in bioethics was first founded through his Biology classes where he got the opportunity to research about the ramifications of certain medical treatments. Furthermore, he is very interested in the fields of engineering and technology and their corresponding applications in transforming current medical treatments. At his high school, he is an active participant in the Science Olympiad team and is also very involved in the Math Honor Society chapter. He spends his free time volunteering at a physical therapy center and at a local blood donor organization. Ved is interested in learning more about bioethics and is eager to conduct research at the Center for Ethical Solutions. He joined CES as an intern in the summer of 2016.

 

Divya Narayanan

Divya Narayanan is a junior at Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences. She is primarily interested in medicine and medical law. Her interest in health care ethics was furthered by classes such as Dynamics of Health Care in Society, Community Health, and Anatomy and Physiology. She is an avid participant and competitor in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). She also interns at a pulmonologist’s practice and volunteers at her local Emergency Medical Services Center. She is excited to learn more about bioethics and joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in January 2017.

 

Shohini Gupta
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Shohini is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is actively involved in Model UN, and became interested in bioethical issues while representing the United States in a mock World Health Organization in which the topic was organ trafficking. Shohini intends to study international relations and economics in college, although she is fascinated by science and would like to explore the intersection between the two. She dances ballet, Bollywood, and Bhangra, and likes to travel the world.

 

Julianne Kim

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Julianne is a rising junior at Troy High School located in Southern California. She is mainly interested in the intersection of biological and environmental science with philosophy. As an avid debater and opinion editor for her school’s newspaper, she developed her interests in bioethics and the medical humanities. She began her journey with CES and ALODF in the summer of 2016. As an intern, she hopes to do research work with other interns and help out with administrative duties. She believes that bioethics deserves much attention to as a rising subject and hopes to work with more people in the medical humanities community for the rest of her high school and college years.

 

Brandy Fox (Scholar)
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Brandy graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2004 with a BA in Politics, International Focus, and a minor in Philosophy. She was commissioned into the US Army that same year and served as an officer in the Military Police Corps for four years. Brandy earned her MS in Health Care Ethics in 2013 from Creighton University. She currently works at the Sheridan VA Healthcare System in Sheridan, WY, as the Administrative Officer for the Pharmacy Service. She serves as the healthcare system’s Preventive Ethics Coordinator and is an active member of the Consultative Ethics team. Brandy is excited to be working with the Center, and her special areas of interest include Veterans issues, palliative care, resource allocation, and different forms of autonomy

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Valeriya Svystun

Valeriya is currently an undergraduate student at Connecticut College, studying behavioral neuroscience and Slavic studies. She has a strong interest in legal and ethical issues in medicine and hopes to go on to law school after graduation. Valeriya joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in January of 2014.

 

Niharika Vattikonda
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Niharika is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High
School for Science and Technology and is primarily interested in the intersection of medicine, computer science, and public policy. At her school, she is an active member of Model UN, Coding Lady Colonials, Medical Society and volunteer STEM outreach in the local community. She became interested in bioethics through her AP Biology class and she looks forward to learn more about the field through her research with CES. Niharika joined the CES in the summer of 2016 and hopes to continue throughout college.

 

 

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Eric Talgliaferre

Eric is a rising junior studying math and economics at American University. He joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in the summer of 2014. Eric is fascinated by the intersect of health and economics. It is a topic that CES addresses and one he would like to explore further.

 

Billy Sheehan

Billy, a recent graduate of Connecticut College, studied Philosophy, English Literature, and

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Religious Studies. Billy’s work with the Center for Ethical Solutions began in February 2014. His research has had to do with compensation received by living organ donors for non-medical expenses, the benefits of transplantation versus dialysis, and suicide among. He was responsible for putting together the Arizona portion of our Advance Directive Steward, attained ‘Gold’ status for CES on GuideStar, and has performed research and administrative tasks for Stop Organ Trafficking Now! as well as the American Living Organ Donor Fund. He is currently in the process of applying to law school. After graduating, he plans to practice in the healthcare field and fold the interests and passions he has honed at CES into a career in law. Billy hopes to one day become a bioethics consultant so that he can help families and organizations navigate the complex concerns that often lie in the path of scientific progress and medical solutions.

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Misha Murphy is a recent graduate of Mills College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions as an intern in January of 2014. Her interest in the ethics of end-of-life care began in 2011 when her mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Since her mother’s death in 2012, Misha has decided to pursue graduate studies focusing on end-of-life issues, though she is unsure if she wants to pursue this interest from a legal, psychological, or anthropological perspective.