Jennifer plans to build a life in which she is constantly serving, growing, researching questions, teaching, and creating needed medical and educational programs. In her free time, she enjoys hiking (especially in Yosemite and to local hot springs), dancing (salsa and swing are her favorites), and a hammock/good book combo. She loves talking with students about their goals and aspirations, and welcomes you to email her with any and all questions.
During his undergraduate years McCullough continued his public speaking-winning several national speaking awards, ventured briefly into stand-up comedy, won several teaching awards, and became the first undergraduate to teach at the Stanford School of Medicine (neuroanatomy). He was the first undergraduate on Stanford’s charter Investment Responsibility Task Force and founded the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) with a friend and then directed it for two years. McCullough was awarded a Rhodes scholarship for these efforts in 1989 and successfully institutionalized SMYSP which continues to run today.
After returning from Oxford, McCullough created the Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program, now the Quest Scholars Program, with Ana Rowena Mallari. To the project, he brought the strengths and lessons learned from his creation of SMYSP. McCullough co-founded Quest during medical school at UCSF, balancing these two roles while garnering clincal honors in fourteen rotations. Now an ER physician, McCullough continues to work with Quest as co-founder and as the president of QuestBridge. McCullough also serves on Quest’s Board of Directors.
Sadia J. Dimbil was born and raised in the Bay Area and her family currently lives in Los Gatos, California. She is an undergraduate at Stanford University and a member of the class of 2013. Sadia hopes to major in biology and minor in Arabic. Her research interests center around clinical research, especially in terms of cystic fibrosis. Sadia hopes that working with the Courage Project will give her a better perspective on activism and the human potential.
Sayeh Fattahi, class of 2014, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she attended a French school and took all of her classes in French. She hopes to double major in Biology and French Literature while she is at Stanford, and then hopefully go on to medical school to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Her interests include reading and writing, playing the piano, and exploring campus with her friends!
Ubah Jimale Dimbil was born and raised in the Bay Area. Stanford has been her dream school since as far back as she can recall, and now a quarter and a half into the school year, she still feels the excitement she felt when getting in. She’s thinking about majoring in majoring in biology and hopefully international relations, and minoring in Arabic and Chemistry to go pre-med. She’s also beginning some research work in the cardiology department at the Stanford medical school, which hopefully will progress her desire to go to medical school.
Ovninder was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He attended Salesian High School and then UCLA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychobiology. He currently works in Fremont in a community clinic and hopes to enter Medical School in the Fall of 2013. He enjoys working with underserved populations and hopes to pursue a career involving public health. In his free time he enjoys hiking, working on cars and playing with his dog Toby.
Victoria Yee is a junior undergraduate who really doesn’t know what concrete thing she wants to do with her Stanford education. What she is certain of, however, is that she wants to take in all the wonderful experiences and live life like a beautiful work of art. She hopes that through the Courage Project, she will be able to combine her interests in humanitarian efforts and writing.