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Shanille A

- Research Program Mentor

MS candidate at Northwestern University


Global Health, Mental Health, Women's and Children's Health, Health Systems, International Relations, Sustainability, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Algebra, Cell Culture, Tissue Engineering, Cell Biology, Reproductive Rights, Sub-Saharan African Development


My passion is in global health. I entered my program because I saw the health discriminations my family faced back in Cameroon and I’m committed to empowering the local communities of LMICs to build sustainable health systems. There are many policies that must be changed and gaps that must be bridged in other for this to occur, so the work starts with having a deep understand of the history and technicalities of global health. On my personal time, I enjoy engaging in the arts and connecting with nature. I paint, go on walks, visit museums, and push myself to create new experiences. Staying active is also important to me, despite my love for rest; so I recently started training to run a 5k.

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.

The psychological impact of reproductive rights and health in African women

Many cultures are built around repopulation, so many societal norms often favor a woman’s decision and ability to reproduce children in a fashion which is socially acceptable. In this project, we will explore the health risks associated with women wanting to have autonomy over their reproductive organs, the limited options of safe and efficient childbirth, and the stigmas associated with both.

HPV Vaccination Advocation for Adolescents

This project consisted of my teaching and presenting to adolescents in LMICs. I educated them on the STD: HPV and it's vaccine. A safety, efficacy, and accessibility analysis was conducted and presented in order to debunk cultural misconceptions around that particular vaccine. There was an underlining effort to convince these adolescents to become advocates of their own health and to stand in their united power within their communities.

Coding skills

R-code, matlab, stat-key

Languages I know

French - intermediate

Teaching experience

I was a lead tutor at Echelon Academy for 2 years, where I tutored special needs students in science, math, and writing. During my undergraduate career, I led several small group study sessions. Now, I sporadically tutor adults in math and essay writing..


Work experience

GlaxoSmithKline (2019 - 2020)
Biopharma Manufacturing Associate
Penn State (2017 - 2019)
Undergraduate Research Associate & Lab Technician
RAINN - Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (2019 - 2021)
Cerner (2022 - Current)


Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
Biology-Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering (minor)
Northwestern University
MS Master of Science candidate
Global Health

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