Emily Lopez, 2013 HEAA Outstanding Senior Awardee

Emily Lopez

Along with spending academic breaks volunteering in her local hospital’s emergency department, Emily spent a summer abroad volunteering in the oncology unit of Policlinico, a hospital in Rome, Italy. There she shadowed physicians in the operating room, on rounds, and office hours. She assisted with patient transport and on rounds as a translator, as well as learned about infection-management. This experience was made possible by the summer internship support provided by Cornell Tradition. As a Tradition Fellow, Emily balances campus and community service, a job, and academics. Emily will be attending medical school in the fall.

Service pervades throughout Emily’s campus activities and is an element through her research, work and involvement with collegiate organizations. Human Ecology Alumni Association HEAA Outstanding Senior Award Emily shines as a leader and researcher with her active involvement in the Laboratory of Rational Decision Making under Dr. Valerie Reyna. Emily’s research focuses on decision-making and public health. As team leader of the Adolescent Reducing the Risks project team, Emily works with her team on community outreach, As a Center Program Specialist Manager, Emily is employed to facilitate hundreds of students in finding volunteer opportunities both through organizations run via the Cornell Public Service Center (PSC) as well as opportunities in the Ithaca community. Through the PSC, Emily served as Lead NYC Coordinator for the Alternative Breaks program. Emily facilitated logistics and risk management of 13 service-learning trips involving over 150 students. Emily is a past participant of one of these service learning trips working with Sylvia’s Place, an emergency LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in NYC. For the past four years, Emily has been an active member of Human Ecology’s Pre-Professional Association Towards Careers in Health (PATCH), the largest pre-health organization on campus. Through PATCH, she has served as past Mentorship Chair, and Co-President for the last two years. As president, Emily oversees a board of over 13 and general membership of 1500 students. Organization activities include bi-annual blood drives, DKMS Bone Marrow drive, weekly service trips to senior retirement homes, and service trips to a community soup kitchen for nutrition and wellness checks, an annual trip to Upstate Medical School, health panels and days of service such as Into the Streets and Relay for Life. As Mentorship Chair, Emily helped pair 100 freshman and transfer students with 30 upperclassmen to promote a network of social and academic support. Awards: President’s Council of Cornell Women Scholarship Recipient, Cornell Tradition Fellow, Kappa Omicron Nu Human Ecology Honor Society Member, Human Ecology Alumni Association Grant, Hatch Independent Research Support Grant Recipient, Dean’s List.

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