Emily Fogler is a first-year undergraduate student in the College of Health and Rehabilitation Science, and she is intending to major in Medical Laboratory Sciences. In terms of campus involvement, she is currently a member of Pen Pals. She is also an Advocates for Community and Education Scholar within the University Honors & Scholars Center. The past summer she participated in leukemia research at the Kumar Lab in the Bone Marrow Transplant Department of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
During her undergraduate career, she hopes to volunteer at the James Hospital because she volunteered at several hospitals during high school and really enjoyed being able to provide comfort to the patients and their families.
In the future, she is also interested in going to Medical School in order to become a pediatric oncologist. She hopes to be able to provide not only physical care to her patients, but also provide patients and their families comfort. In addition, she hopes to be able to continue research in her professional degree and find the cure for cancer.
On November 14, I attended a seminar about food insecurity in Ohio, and I also learned about a program called The LunchBox Ohio. The LunchBox Ohio is a summer food program that provides nutritious lunches over the summer to children who have high food insecurity in Columbus. They especially provide in areas that are considered a food desert. I really enjoyed that one of their main focuses is providing food that is nutritious because it is very important for developing children to have all of the right nutrients and vitamins. I really enjoyed hearing about this non-profit, and I hope to become involved with a similar organization in the future. After hearing about The LunchBox Ohio, we assembled snack bags so that our pen pals had food over Thanksgiving break because some of our pen pals may be food insecure.
During my junior and senior year of high school I was my class leader of Women Empowering Women, a
school club that hosted events to empower women through education and discussion on gender relations and issues in the modern world. On March 18th, we held an event to educate our student body on the issue of sexual assault. We held presentations from our local police department, our guidance department, campus ministries department, and Women Helping Women, an organization in Cincinnati that works in crisis intervention to help survivors of sexual assault and on local college campuses. Our goal of the event was to educate and inform our school community on the prevalence of sexual assault, provide resources for survivors, and present ways to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted.
During the summer of 2019, I participated in leukemia research in the Kumar Lab in the Bone Marrow Transplant Department of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I worked as a laboratory aid and performed experiments for several different publications relating to mixed lineage leukemia and Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Through attending weekly floor meetings, I was able to learn about cancer research happening across the department, and I really enjoyed being able to learn so much about my future field while gaining experience in my field. I hope to be able to continue my work in the Kumar Lab next summer.
One of my experiences of global awareness is when I went to the United Nations to attend the Commission on the Status of Women 62 in March of 2018. The theme of the conference was achieving gender equality and empowerment of rural women and girls. Through this conference, I had the opportunity to hear about the experiences of different women across the globe. The conference changed my entire outlook on life. I heard firsthand accounts of human trafficking, child marriages, sexual harassment, and many others. The strength and endurance these women have shown have greatly inspired me to continue to spread awareness for these issues.