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Divya
Aikat

Cohort 9

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Major: Biostatistics, with a minor in Health and Society

Research Interest: Health disparities



From even just the interview weekend, CSS was such a welcoming and supportive community. I saw diverse, passionate individuals excelling in STEM and knew that this was a program I could find a home in.




WHY did you decide to join the CSS Program and come to Carolina?

From even just the interview weekend, CSS was such a welcoming and supportive community. I saw diverse, passionate individuals excelling in STEM and knew that this was a program I could find a home in.


WHAT are you most looking forward to doing during your undergraduate years?

I’m most excited to form new communities and develop new interests and passions.


what is a research topic you are interested in exploring?

Senior year of high school, I researched under Dr. Jennifer Smith at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. I used qualitative coding on survey answers regarding cervical cancer screening methods and access. I would love to find similar public health research that works to bridge disparities using statistical and computational methods.


WHAT are your future goals?

After I graduate, I would like to teach and attend graduate school. I hope to receive a PhD in Biostatistics and continue research throughout my career.