GradImpact: Pushing Boundaries and Changing Perspective

    As a master’s student in the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, SUNY, Thoin Begum’s research has focused on environmental exposures and how they impact in vitro fertilization. Her work was recently recognized by Global Kids, a nonprofit that “develops youth leaders through dynamic global education and leadership development programs.” Named as one of Global Kids’ 30 under 30 in March 2019, Begum is a young alumnus of the program.


    Beginning her sophomore year of high school, Begum became involved with Global Kids through college tours, annual functions, and scholarships. “Global Kids taught me to push boundaries and change perspectives, something that is needed in this field,” said Begum.


    Begum intends to continue her graduate education and pursue a doctoral degree. “Public health and environmental health is an emerging field that has a lot of misconceptions – it isn’t just about global warming or about dealing with the amount of natural disasters we are seeing. It’s really about our everyday life.” To learn more about Thoin’s work, visit the University at Albany, SUNY website.


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    Photo Credit: University at Albany



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