THERESA SONKA


2019-2020

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

Undergraduate: Rice University

Major: Bioengineering, B.S.

Technology: Optoco, LUCIA

My work in global health began during the Rice 360 Malawi internship in 2016. For the next year, I helped develop the early iterations of the low-cost cervical cancer simulation model (LUCIA). During my fellowship, I have gotten to work with the LUCIA model again by taking it to multiple training sessions in Mozambique. I have also worked on a low-cost uterine contraction monitor (Optoco). Through my experiences in various clinical settings, I discovered an interest in becoming a physician and will start my training at UT Southwestern in August of 2020. My time with Rice 360 has had a lasting impact on my life and I plan to continue fighting disparity in healthcare in my future career.