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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Shrey Aravindan
Thesis Title: Protein Structuring Promotes Mutant Huntingtin Protein to Form Inclusion Bodies
Thesis Department: Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Student Major: Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Student Minor: Health and Society
Favorite Rutgers Moment: My favorite Rutgers moment was during my first year when I went on an Alternative Break to Washington D.C. to tackle issues of hunger and homelessness. This was my first time stepping out of my comfort zone and I underwent tremendous self-growth. I learned a lot about my place in the community and how I can use what I learned as I pursue my own interests. I also met many motivated individuals that are determined to follow their own passions.
Hometown: Springfield, NJ
Dream/Goal: I aspire to pursue a career in medicine, working with a pediatric population.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: Being a Paul Robeson Scholar challenges me to find a connection between my work and the bigger picture. It empowers me to think broadly and understand that no action is too small. Paul Robeson was an athlete, entertainer, scholar, and activist. Being a Paul Robeson Scholar does not mean I have to wear all of these hats. However, with the passions I choose to pursue, I give it my all and empower others to do the same.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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