Forever Buffs 2021
Kaela Levine is an alumna of the Health Professions Residential Academic Program. She worked as a Student Event Leader for the RAP for several years, and she went on to graduate with degrees in integrative physiology and neuroscience in 2019. During her time at CU, she was also the Health Professionals Recruitment Chair for CU Boulder's chapter of Global Medical Brigades and a Learning Assistant for Calculus Systems and Modeling. After graduating, Kaela went on to be a Research Assistant in the Morgan Lab at Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science in Nashville. She is currently part of several studies that are looking at functional connectivity in the brain of temporal lobe epilepsy patients and healthy controls. While COVID has changed up day-to-day operations in the lab, it has provided new opportunities to start up her own research that looks at motor function in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. She has also kept up with patient recruiting, magnetic resonance imaging, and the processing of data. Being in Nashville has also provided musical opportunities (one of the many reasons she looked into Vanderbilt University), and she is currently in the process of recording her first album with her super awesome dad.
Niketna Vivek is a #ForeverBuff as of June 2021, heading off to Vanderbuilt Med School in the fall. "Living in the HPRAP was the absolute best decision that I could’ve made. The small class sizes allowed me to make friends with fellow pre-meds and to develop crucial relationships with faculty. HPRAP coffee breaks, outings and speaker series provided an overall unforgettable experience. My favorite perk was being able to attend coffee breaks even after moving out of the res hall; I could drop in occasionally to catch up with friends, faculty and mentors and maintain those relationships through my undergraduate years.