Emtithal Mahmoud
Born in the Darfur region of the Sudan, Emtithal ("Emi") is the oldest of five children whom she cared for after high school while her mother attended Thomas Jefferson University. At J.R. Masterman School (Philadelphia, PA), she excelled in science, participated in the Bridges to Regenerative Biology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and received first-place awards for her poetry. A committed young leader and advocate for the people of her native region, Emi began sharing her writings about the Darfur conflict as a middle-school student, and has since conducted presentations across Philadelphia, spoken at national rallies with the Darfur Alert Coalition and Save Darfur, and discussed the issue with members of Congress. Emi's goal is to use her talents to improve the lives of others - she plans to become a doctor, earning an M.D. and a Ph.D. in order to both conduct research and treat patients. A Biology major at Yale, she won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship, a national competition for performance poetry.  She also published her first book of poems and signed a three-year book contract with a New York-based publishing house. For a summer program in Nepal, she interviewed patients, prepared educational materials, spoke with health professionals and media personnel, and collected epidemiological data.  She was selected by the BBC as one of the 100 Most Inspirational Women in 2015.


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