Zarya Shaikh



Zarya is a third-year University Scholar. She majors in Biochemistry, minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, and hopes to bridge gaps among public health, medicine, and society. After publishing her work on anxiety and mental health in Behavioral Brain Research, Zarya is now researching how penguin nest positions can generate insights about the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. She founded a tutoring academy that supports disadvantaged/immigrant populations and aims to amplify the voices of these communities. Zarya enjoys watching baking shows that focus on desserts she can’t make.


Zoom Is Not A Dating App

by Zarya Shaikh, March 31, 2021 I turn on my camera and answer questions in the chat during office hours and lectures. I welcome private messages (PMs) when someone misses a key point our professor made. After all, as a pre-med student, it is my job to have color-coded notes on everything. I sometimes joke…

Rated E for Education, Graded F for Failure

by Zarya Shaikh, January 12, 2021 ***FALL 2020 CONTEST WINNER*** In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched Pre-K for All to encourage “free, full-day, high-quality pre-K.”1 The program increased enrollment in Pre-K among different communities, especially within low-income families. Its success led to the creation of 3-K for All1 and yielded similar…

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