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Find Your Impact

‘Research squad’ propels student during two summer immersions

Jul. 19, 2019—Chemistry major Puxin Xuanyuan put her creativity to work this summer while splitting time between an immersion experience at a medical biotech startup in Toronto and conducting cancer-fighting research on the Vanderbilt campus.

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New dean of The Ingram Commons changing mindsets around math learning

Jun. 25, 2019—Vanderbilt professor and Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons Melissa Gresalfi wants people to stop hating math. She's researching and teaching new ways to embrace the subject's potential for creativity.

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Recent Peabody graduate transforming lives of the sight-impaired

May. 29, 2019—James Boehm, who earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Peabody College in May, turned a life-changing incident into a mission to help others recovering from traumatic injuries and blindness.

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Musical Talent and Mentor: Rama Kumaran, BMus’19

Apr. 11, 2019—Rama Kumaran initially intended to study both science and flute when he came to Vanderbilt. He says he didn’t come expecting to know everything. “But I expected to do everything," he says.

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From South Africa with Love: Bill-Kande Badi, BA’19

Apr. 9, 2019—Bill-Kande Badi never imagined he’d pursue a career in film when he traveled more than 8,500 miles from his hometown of Pretoria, South Africa, to study at Vanderbilt. But then he signed up for Cinema and Media Arts courses and “fell in love with making movies.”

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Find Your Impact: Student empowers women through tech

Mar. 27, 2019—Vanderbilt engineering student Miti Joshi took a leap of faith when declaring her major. She ended up falling in love with computer science and launching Vanderbilt Women in Computing.

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Jonathan Metzl examines how hot-button political issues impact health

Mar. 11, 2019—Professor Jonathan Metzl isn’t afraid to tackle society’s most controversial issues, like guns, mass shootings, health care, race, politics and mental illness.

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Find Your Impact: Student creates app for orangutans

Feb. 22, 2019—A coding hobby led Vanderbilt HOD and economics double major Ben Scheer on a wild immersion, building an app for orangutans at Zoo Atlanta.

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Student pushing boundaries to impact the Earth, and people in it

Jan. 30, 2019—What is more daring—camping in a remote part of Antarctica for a month doing field research, or directing and performing in a musical revue about the environment? For Earth and Environmental Sciences major Andrew Grant, pushing boundaries to positively impact the Earth, and the people who call it home, are equally thrilling.

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Find Your Impact: Passions for healthy cooking and happy living boost student’s growing social media brand

Dec. 28, 2018—Vanderbilt senior Sloane Chmara is combining a passion for healthy cooking and happy living into a growing online lifestyle brand.

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Find Your Impact – Vanderbilt University PSA Commercial

Dec. 12, 2018—Watch as Vanderbilt students and faculty highlight how their passions inspire them to make positive impact in this 2018 public service announcement commercial created by Vanderbilt Communications.

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