Sloan Scholars

Author: Scott Behm

Passion and Purpose: Sloan Scholar Gavin Gonzalez featured in Diverse Magazine

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Sloan Scholar Gavin Gonzales thought he would go into physics. He had been inspired towards academic research by Dr. Richard Feynman, the Nobel laureate physicist, and physics was his undergraduate major. But his path was altered by an NIH-sponsored fellowship designed to diversify an entirely different field: biomedicine. As part of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers program, Gonzales did a summer internship at Duke University.

Read Gonzalez’ full feature in the July 2023 issue of Diverse Magazine!

UCEM Welcomes 6th Cohort of Sloan Scholars

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Duke UCEM is excited to welcome the 6th cohort of Sloan Scholars who will begin their programs in the fall of 2023!

  • Ja’Nya Breeden – Francis Marion Univ.
  • Bryan Samuel Graham Castillo – Univ. of Arizona
  • Lavonia Duncan – Duke University
  • Robert Eric III (Trey) Highland – Duke Univ.
  • Osiano Masavba Isekenegbe – Florida State Univ.
  • Gwendolyn Celeste Jacobson – Univ. of Chicago
  • Anthony M Mack – Univ. of Cincinnati
  • Morgan Elise McCloud – Duke Univ.
  • Ricardo Mendez – Duke Univ.
  • Chelsea McHale Middleton – Vanderbilt Univ.

We look forward to welcoming these students during our Early Start summer programing starting in June.

Photo of 5 Sloan scholars featured in photo series

Sloan Scholar Photo Series

Sloan Scholars Joshua Crittenden, Gavin Gonzales, Natalie Rozman, Aitor Bracho, and Grayson Rice are featured in “Sloan Scholar Spotlights,” a photo series created by Graduate School intern Mika Travis.

The five scholars share how being a Sloan Scholar has impacted their academic journey.


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Building a Brain: Ph.D. student Paris Brown working to take the pain out of research on the brain

PhD student Paris Brown

As a master’s student at Duke, Paris Brown developed a love of the human brain. Now, she’s building one.

When she first came to Duke, Brown spent every free moment in Professor Shyni Varghese’s lab. Although she didn’t come from a biomedical engineering background, Brown was on the lookout for an interesting project. So, Varghese recommended a project that piqued her interest: use organ-on-a-chip technology, miniaturized model systems of a human organ, to investigate the blood-brain barrier and responses to inflammation. Through that project, Brown discovered her love of the human brain.


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