2010 Scholars

Josie Ceasar

Josie Ceasar

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Maxwell, Jr. UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2014
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biology
Minors: Anthropology, Spanish, Medicine and Society
High School: Michael E. DeBakey High School
Hometown: Opelousas, LA

Campus and Community Involvement

I take pleasure in engaging in any event that celebrates the beauty of cultures, raises awareness about health and social issues or involves being outdoors. 

As of right now I am a Resident Advisor at Cougar Village for the Honors Wing and I absolutely love it. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I have also been a Biochemistry I facilitator and it was an extremely fun challenge. I’ve also been a Senator for Student Government Association and helped with the push to make UH a tobacco free institution and that dream is finally becoming a reality in Summer 2013. Finally, my faith is really important to me and I spend a lot of time at a neighborhood church helping with the youth and attending weekly bible studies and Sunday services.

Awards and Honors

I am an HLSAMP Scholar; The Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation provides a family that guides minorities in STEM majors to seize every opportunity and make the best of our experiences while pursuing a degree. I am also a member of the Houston Premedical Academy, which is a partnership between Michael E. DeBakey HSHP, the University of Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine providing conditional acceptance into BCM’s Class of 2018.

Study Abroad

I want to be able to completely immerse myself in a foreign culture and fall irrevocably in love with its language, its music, its history, its land, and most importantly, its people. I want to leave the country feeling as if I have a second home away from the United States. Of course, I would love to do so while mastering the language.

It is finally happening! I will be in San Jose, Costa Rica during Fall 2013 in an Environmental Biology program and I cannot contain my excitement!

Research

Anthropological or public health fieldwork interests me.  I crave hands –on research that will allow to me to educate the population on the importance of healthy habits, interact with people from all fields and backgrounds, and hopefully aid an improvement in the quality of life for a community. I haven’t discovered my research project yet, but I have a hunch I’ll be dealing with health disparities in underserved communities.

Future Endeavors

Since junior high I have always envisioned myself engaged in a career that fuses my love for children and passion for science to assist society with its multitude of problems in healthcare.  By the year 2020, I will proudly have M.D./M.P.H. placed after my name. Or maybe an M.D. with a Ph.D. in medical anthropology. I don’t know but I can guarantee that I will definitely be highly involved in social medicine and activism.