Divergent Thinking: A Frank Conversation About Neurodiversity

Join the Office of Equality and Diversity in partnership with the Drexel Autism Support Program on Thursday, October 14th, from 11:00AM-12:00PM EDT via Zoom!

In this panel discussion, we will address the increasing familiarity with the term “neurodiversity” through a conversation grounded in the experiences of neurodivergent students, faculty, and professional staff members in the Drexel community.  In addition to learning from the experiences of our panelists, we will also explore the definition and meaning of neurodiversity.


TOMORROW: Coffee & Convos w/ MERCK

Bring your own coffee or tea and connect with MERCK representatives, on Tuesday, October 12 from 10:00AM-11:00AM EST in Nesbitt Hall, Conference Room 240 or via Zoom. Coffee & Convos offers students and public health professionals an opportunity to connect and network. Professionals share information about their organization and experiences to help students explore work environments, industries, and public health career paths over coffee.

Matthew Phillips, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence (CORE) at Merck

Matthew Phillips, MPH, is an Associate Director in the Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence (CORE) at Merck. He has an MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences and a BS in public health, both from Temple University. Prior to joining Merck, he worked as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania supporting the evaluation of state-wide obesity prevention programs and the implementation of community-level healthy eating initiatives. At Merck, he supports non-interventional research related to vaccines development, serves as a department level project manager, and leads a team of external worker study managers.

Alexandria Kachurak, MS, Quality Manager, Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) at Merck

Alexandria Kachurak, MS, is a Quality Manager in the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) at Merck. She holds an MS in epidemiology and a BS in public health, both from Temple University. Prior to her appointment at Merck, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Obesity Research and Education for five years where she managed observational and experimental studies that focused on child eating behaviors. In her current position, she is responsible for managing, tracking and supporting the quality components of observational/non-interventional research studies.

Claire Fox, MPH, Senior Specialist, Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) at Merck

Claire Fox  MPH, is a Senior Specialist in the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) at Merck.  She holds an MPH in epidemiology from New York University, a BS in neuroscience and a BS in psychology, both from Allegheny College.  Prior to her appointment at Merck, she was a bench biologist at a start-up biopharmaceutical company and an Environmental Health Epidemiologist at Philadelphia’s Department of Health where she worked on childhood lead exposure surveillance and programmatic interventions. At Merck, she supports a variety of non-interventional research studies spanning the areas of oncology, women’s health, antivirals and methodology development.

2021 Student Life Scholarship Award Nominations

Help celebrate the Drexel Dragons who go above and beyond by nominating them for the 2021 Student Life Scholarship Awards, presented by Student Life. Endowed and donor scholarship awards will be presented to deserving students who have shown an exemplary commitment to academics and have made significant contributions to Student Life within our University community.

These awards include:

  • The Alexander Van Rensselaer Service Award (up to $15,000), presented to a student of worthy character who demonstrates outstanding service to the student body of Drexel.
  • The Anthony and Antoinette T. Caneris Award (up to $15,000), presented to a junior or senior student who demonstrates a high commitment to academics while being actively involved in on-campus activities at the University.
  • The Charles E. Etting Award (up to $3,000), presented to a student of worthy character and capacity who excels extensively in student activities.
  • The Carl Buchholz Civic Engagement Award ($1,500), presented to a full-time graduating senior who exemplifies the spirit of civic engagement in the areas of civic involvement, co-op placements, and leadership experiences.
  • The Alexander-Williamson Memorial Scholarship (up to $2,000), presented to an undergraduate student who demonstrates involvement in the University community and a potential for leadership on campus.

To view the complete list of awards and their descriptions and to nominate deserving candidates, visit the Student Life Awards website.

Nominations must be submitted by October 24, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact deanofstudents@drexel.edu.

Become a Drexel Dornsife Ambassador

Dornsife Ambassador

During your application process, you may have attended an Open House, Class Visit, Accepted Student’s Day or connected individually with a current student. Each interaction was with a Dornsife Ambassador. Dornsife Ambassadors are a group of MPH and MS students who volunteer to help with recruitment events and share their experiences with prospective students. Both face-to-face and online students are encouraged to join!

If you are interested in becoming a Dornsife Ambassador, please email Katie Kantor before Friday, October 15, letting us know why you are interested in joining the group (1 paragraph).  Spaces are limited.