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Jamie K

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None candidate at Washington University in St. Louis


Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Linguistics, American Sign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Writing


Hi! I am a recent graduate of Princeton University, majoring in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics. As I will soon be starting medical school in the fall, I appreciate how my major has broadened my perspectives on health, illness, and biomedicine. Additionally, I was born in South Korea but raised in Los Angeles, so I grew up in a bilingual household — this, combined with my interests in Spanish and American Sign Language, sparked my interest in linguistics, language acquisition, and multilingual environments. Aside from my particular interests in medical anthropology and linguistics, I have also worked on benchside and clinical research projects such as conducting immunocytochemistry for a particular cell line, writing a systematic review and meta-analysis on the surgical treatment plans for the intracranial complications that result from acute sinusitis, and extracting data from studies about antibiotic resistance to hospital-acquired infections. On top of my academic interests and passions, I was a Division I athlete on the women’s water polo team. I also love to spend time outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, or going to the beach. I have also recently started cooking and baking and am always excited for new recipes and recommendations!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Ethnographical Approach to Health: A Photography Exhibit

Modeled after LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family, this project involves the student venturing into their own community to photographically document and narrate an important health issue. The student can compile their artwork, along with any interviews, recordings, and commentary, into a virtual exhibit or blog.

Virtual Shadowing Blog

Given the circumstances of Covid-19, many physicians have generously offered to mentor high school students and allow them to virtually shadow their day-to-day lives as physicians. The student will participate in one of the organized virtual shadowing programs (most of which are gratuitous) or individually reach out to local physicians. After each shadowing session, the student is encouraged to reflect upon what they learned about working in a healthcare setting and compile these reflections into an organized blog website.

American Sign Language Healthcare Dictionary

There are so many American Sign Language (ASL) dictionaries available on the web, which includes videos of each particular sign for a word. Students interested in healthcare will be encouraged to brainstorm a master list of all of the relevant words in regards to healthcare/medicine/science. Building off this base, the students can film themselves signing the words and build their own “ASL healthcare” encyclopedia. During this project, it would be beneficial for the students to conduct research on Deaf culture.

Languages I know

Korean, Spanish, American Sign Language

Teaching experience

I have been a tutor and academic coach for the past seven years in both one-on-one and group settings. Working with middle school, high school, and college students, I have helped students in subjects ranging from ISEE/SSAT test preparation to AP subjects to college-level molecular biology. While I enjoy helping students cement their understanding of the content material, I am most excited about guiding them to find and develop study habits that work best for them.


Work experience

Boston Children's Hospital (2020 - Current)
Research Assistant
Princeton High Meadows Environmental Institute (2020 - Current)
Research Assistant
Princeton Tutoring (2019 - Current)
Los Angeles County Hospital (2020 - Current)


Princeton University
BA Bachelor of Arts candidate
Medical Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis

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