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Caroline Fryar 

Alumuna Double Major in Classics and German

Minor in Chemistry

“I’m really interested in being a part of the work that’s going on in the lab. I’m looking to find a community of people who want to discuss health care in an interdisciplinary, challenging, interesting way, and that’s something that can get lost in the day-­to-­day of providing patient care. I haven’t worked in humanities research before, so I want to learn new methodologies and approaches to research other than the empirical/quantitative work I’m used to. I’d eventually like to pursue the MA in Literature, Medicine, and Culture alongside an MD at UNC.”

Click here for Caroline’s most recent article for the HHIVE.

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Kaitlin Cruz

Clinical Laboratory Science/Nursing Major

Minor Literature, Medicine, and Culture

“I first heard about the HHIVE Lab at an interest session about the Literature, Medicine, and Culture minor. I already knew I wanted to go into medicine, but the idea of examining the field through a lens other than science never really occurred to me. I’m very interested in delving into this subject, as healthcare is a major part of society that affects much more than just the wellbeing of a population. I would love to be part of a team that helps expand this new field and improves the way we look at health and wellbeing. Besides that, the interdisciplinary work HHIVE is carrying out fits well with my personal interest in the arts and humanities. The blending of fields I care about while being able to learn more about and possibly improve healthcare are why I look forward to working in the HHIVE Lab.”

See some of Kaitlin’s work here and here.


Maebelle Matthew

Biochemistry Major

Minor in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

“I have always had a passion for the humanities, but I never knew how I could incorporate it into my dream career in medicine and the sciences. I have always been looking for ways to connect the humanities and the sciences during my undergraduate career and beyond. When I found out about the HHIVE lab, I knew this was one way that I could form the connection I desired. Working at the HHIVE lab helps me look at medicine and diseases in a new perspective, which is very valuable when trying to fully understand a problem. I want to be able to view and understand the medical field in as many ways as possible, and the HHIVE lab helps me achieve this goal.”

See some of Maebelle’s work with the HHIVE Lab here.

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Shatakshi Shekhar

Global Studies Major

Minor in Hindi and Neuroscience

“HHIVE Lab combines two of my passions, humanities and medicine. I had done an internship at a gynecologist’s private practice my junior year of high school. One thing she said to me has stuck with me till this day: “Many people believe medicine is just science. People forget the people aspect of medicine.” By the people aspect, she was referring to the patient’s culture, religion and socio-economic status and seeing the relationship between how those two can affect the patient’s health. Some religions such as Islam forbid Muslims to eat Pork. Is there are correlation between Muslims and obesity or Muslims in heart disease? Are there lower rates of heart disease in Muslims since they are not eating that red meat? A Hindu diet has a tendency to be on the no red meat side and a more vegetarian side. Is that why Hindu’s may be deficient in protein (a source for 10 of the 20 amino acids)? These questions come to my mind and I believe that HHIVE lab is the best place to start discovering the answers to these questions.”

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Katie Huber

Anthropology and Biology Major

Minor in Music

“I first heard about the HHIVE Lab when I attended an information session about the Medicine, Literature, and Culture program. I was fascinated by the idea of such an interdisciplinary approach to solving health problems. During my time at UNC, I have enjoyed taking classes in the biology and anthropology departments because I feel like they give me a more holistic perspective of health. I am passionate about the social sciences – particularly anthropology, the arts – particularly music, and the natural sciences – particularly biology. I am excited to have the opportunity to put the information I’ve learned to use by working at HHIVE where methods from all of these departments are utilized and to see the results be beneficial to others and to society as a whole.”

Find a sample of Katie’s HHIVE work here.

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Sam Weeks

English and Biology Double Major

Minor in Chemistry

“I have felt a desire to use my life and my talents to help others for most of my life; for the past several years, I have been particularly drawn towards pursuing a career as a physician. As a pre-med student, I have experienced the huge emphasis placed by the majority of those interested in the field on the sciences. While I do find organic chemistry and cellular biology to be fascinating, I am not the most passionate about those subjects. I do not want to be a physician because I love chemistry, I want to be a physician because I love people and want to work towards healing their bodies. This is where the Medical Humanities step in in the form of the HHIVE lab. I helped to create the initial project on Experiencing Music in the Waiting Room Environment in ENGL 690 and am currently working on continuing that project in a new phase to further explore the ways in which the introduction of the arts into the clinical medical setting can affect both patients and caregivers in the hospital.”

Sam’s work with the lab may be found here.

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Elijah Watson

Biostatistics Major

Minor in Literature, Medicine, and Culture & Biology

“I’m interested in the social aspects of public health and infectious disease, which is why the humanistic approach of the HHIVE Lab is exciting to me. I want to pursue a career in epidemiology and next year I plan to apply to the Biostatistics major in the School of Public Health. I believe that working in the HHIVE lab will greatly complement my public health coursework as well as broaden my perspective of health and illness.”

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Biology and English Double Major
Literature, Medicine, and Culture Minor
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Sumiyah Enayet

Interdisciplinary Studies – Medical Humanities
Minor in Chemistry & Broadcast Journalism