Nisha Sridhar

University of Oregon

Nisha Sridhar is a junior at the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. She is passionate about understanding the effects of adversity on child development and she is making a difference through learning, leadership, and compassion. She is a recipient of the nationally prestigious, merit-based Stamps Leadership Scholarship. She is majoring in human physiology, and she assists in research examining the effects of adverse childhood events on brain development at the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Lab. She has also conducted research at Oregon State University on caregiver-child interactions and at the YRG Center for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India on demographic factors affecting HIV disclosure rates. For her sustained community involvement and leadership, she was selected for the Wayne Morse Scholars Program at the University of Oregon, which provides training in leadership, public policy, and political science. During recent summer and winter breaks, she volunteers at Maris Place: a care center for underserved children. She is also passionate about advocacy and has been working with her state representative to craft a bill making education on organ donation mandatory.

Michael Schill
University of Oregon

Personal Statement

I became interested in addressing issues facing children after meeting a five-year-old girl at an HIV-clinic in India; she was severely underweight and came in with a high fever. I wondered, how would her early exposure to adversity affect her health? This and other experiences, consolidated my interest in becoming a pediatrician-scientist-advocate, combining my passion for clinical care, research, and public policy. As a preschool instructor in my high school’s child development program, I learned that childhood and adolescence are characterized by heightened neural change and development, referred to as neuroplasticity. Thus, in these stages of life, the experiences and environments a child or teen are exposed to can affect their long term mental and physical health. Plasticity and developmental neuroscience fascinate me because they illuminate the incredible potential as well as the inherent vulnerability of our earliest years of human life. Exposure to early adversity can have a detrimental impact on child development. I am interested in delving deeper into research that elucidates these critical periods of life to develop public policy and continue volunteering at non-profits that support underserved youth as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon and into the future.

Nisha Sridhar
Human Physiology: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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