Juhi Patel

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - History

I have lived in Tennessee for nearly my entire life and graduated in 2019 from the University of Tennessee. I have been interested in healthcare from a young age, but I have always wanted more than a stagnant educational route. I started my undergraduate career as a pre-med Microbiology major, then added a Classics major two years later. I was deeply interested in finding a balance between the two fields, which led me to study the immunology of the 5th-century-BCE Athenian plague, a deadly disease exacerbated by an influx of refugees sentenced to poor living conditions. This interdisciplinary research is what led me to apply for a Fulbright grant to study the History of Medicine in the UK. In addition to academics, I plan to bring my previous research into modern world by studying forced migration and intercultural contact by working with local support groups for refugee-seekers. Being a part of the Fulbright community will offer valuable opportunities as I work towards my career goals. In the future, I plan to attend medical school and work with international humanitarian organizations. While in the UK, I look forward to supporting my favourite team by attending a Premier League football game!