Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: Canada
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: Ontario & Somerville 2020
Nina Acharya is a first-year medical student at McMaster University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University where she was named a Merrill Presidential Scholar. Her research interests include nutrition interventions in vulnerable pediatric populations, specifically looking at vitamin D supplementation at the national and international level. Through work in nutrition assistance policy at Global Affairs Canada she developed a further interest in exploring this area from a public service perspective. Nina also helped create the Canadian Science Fair Journal, a virtual mentorship program for children ages 6-18 to introduce students to scientific writing and publishing. Outside of her academic work, she is involved in programs with people with disabilities through Best Buddies and the Dance Ability Movement. Nina has been dancing since the age of three and most recently served as president of Cornell Sitara Bollywood Fusion Dance Team. In the future, she hopes to become a pediatrician while also contributing to children's health via global health policy.