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Black in STEM


Azaria Davis

Azaria Davis

Major and Degree Pursued: Science (Biological Sciences and Health Professions option), B.S.

Minor: Spanish

Prospective Graduation Year: 2022

Research Experience: Capriles Lab, Penn State

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What motivates you to do/pursue science and/or medicine?

I want to pursue medicine to provide people of color with compassionate, culturally competent care. My goal is to help patients address their current conditions and work on implementing disease prevention and mental health strategies that allow people to enjoy the lifestyle they desire.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

To me, Black History Month is a reminder of all the contributions that my people have made to society. I like to think about all the Black people who have revolutionized the field of medicine, as they are often overlooked. Their sacrifices demonstrate the boundless creativity, compassion, and resilience of Black people. I also take this month to remember all those who unjustly lost their lives to prejudice, and to advocate against practices that still exist to oppress and harm Black people today. This period of reflection is very important to me because it serves as an omnipresent reminder of why I continue to participate in health care advocacy, promote ethical and nonbiased research practices, and want to be a physician. Most importantly, I take the time to thank the Black people who inspire me on a day-to-day basis, from my family and friends to my sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, to the members of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical/Health Students.