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Allison Naude, UNC '20


Allison
Naude

Cohort 4

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Major: Psychology, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish for the Professions

Research Interest: Early childhood development



CSS taught me the value of group study and learning from peers.




GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL:

UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD)


WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS?

My future goal is to become a doctor. I’m currently interested in the OB/GYN specialty, and I would like to use my Spanish to educate/treat Spanish-speaking patients.


WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

In high school, science and research interested me, and I wanted to explore it further in college. CSS was the perfect opportunity to do so and connect with others with similar interests from varied backgrounds.


WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE OR MEMORY?

My favorite CSS experience was presenting my research at CSS Family Weekend. I was excited to share my research with others who were also invested in STEM research.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

Without the support of CSS, I’m not sure that I would have made it through all of my STEM classes at UNC. CSS taught me the value of group study and learning from peers. My involvement in CSS also strengthened my desire to help others. I went to Spanish immersion school and studied Spanish at UNC, and I want to use my Spanish to bring medicine to patients in their own language.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I did research in psychology in the CIRCLE (Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences) lab under Dr. Margaret Sheridan. My senior thesis focused on predicting PTSD symptom development in children, specifically after Hurricane Florence.


AWARDS AND HONORS

  • CSS Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Graduated with Highest Honors