Video: An introduction to the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Ashley Baldauf graduated from Waipahu High School in 2008. Ms. Baldauf is of Native Hawaiian descent and is the first in her family to attend college. An extremely hard-working individual, Ms. Baldauf majored in Forensic Sciences and minored in Chemistry at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in December 2012 with a 3.7 GPA.
While undertaking a rigorous load of courses, Ms. Baldauf worked part-time at Wendy’s Restaurant, where she received two Employee of the Month awards, performed research at Chaminade University, and raised her lovely two-year old daughter Azaleah. She presented her scientific research in poster format at two national conferences, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students conference, and at an INBRE symposium at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Actively involved in community service, Ashley has worked with the Salvation Army, Kulana Malama Nursing Home, and Hawaiian organizations such as Kako’o ‘Oiwi, Papahana Kuaola, Malama O Manoa, and Hui Ku Maoli Ola to restore native streams, heiau, taro patches, and forests. Ms. Baldauf began her medical studies in July 2013 at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
In this unique program, Ashley will study for a one year in Arizona, and then spend the following three years studying and working at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. For her, helping the underserved community of Waianae, Hawaii as an osteopathic physician will be a dream come true.
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Mr. Philip Dela Cruz graduated from the Kamehameha
Schools, a private college preparatory school exclusive to Native Hawaiian students. Following
his freshman year, Mr. Dela Cruz participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education
Program at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. During his sophomore year, Mr. Dela
Cruz served as a missionary in Boise, Idaho, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint.
Upon his return to Chaminade University, he continued to excel academically, and currently
holds a GPA of 3.8. He also participated in 2 summer programs at the University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine and the other at Baylor College of Medicine.
In the spring of 2014, Mr. Dela Cruz was accepted into the Early Selection Program at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Upon completing his bachelor’s of science degree in Biochemistry at Chaminade University, Mr. Dela Cruz will matriculate into the The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a member of the graduating class of 2020.
Born and raised on Oahu, Ms. Cierra Gauvin graduated from Saint Francis School in 2009. Ms. Gauvin is of Hispanic, Native American, and Filipino descent and is the first in her family to attend college.
Ms. Gauvin majored in Biochemistry and graduated from Chaminade University, cum laude, with her Bachelor's of Science degree in May 2014. While at Chaminade, Ms. Gauvin was inducted into two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Iota (Academic Honors Society) and Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry Honors Society). Ms. Gauvin was also recognized by the American Chemistry Society in 2011 and 2012, as Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student and Outstanding Biochemistry Student, respectively. In 2012, Ms. Gauvin was selected to participate in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Summer Program at New York University. Along with excellent academics, Ms. Gauvin has also been highly engaged with her faith. She served as parish security during her five years at Chaminade and was the recipient of the Parish Scholarship for students that show involvement in the community service and the church.
In the Fall of 2014, Ms. Gauvin begins her studies at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. It is her hope that upon completion of her Doctor of Pharmacy degree that she will be able to practice in Hawaii.
Mrs. Kristy Iwahashi-Marquez was born and raised on the island of Oahu and graduated from
Pearl City High School. While at Chaminade, Mrs. Iwahashi-Marquez was an exceptional athlete
and a member of Chaminade University’s women’s soccer team during her four years at the
university. She also served as the Captain of the soccer team from 2011-2013. While balancing
both academics and athletics, Kristy found time to work on campus at the Office of Student
Opportunities. In addition, Kristy was a vital member of Chaminade’s SCRUBS Pre-Health Club,
having served separate terms as Treasurer and President. Kristy was the fortunate recipient of
the Chaminade Reagent Scholarship and Athletic Scholarship.
Mrs. Iwahashi-Marquez was also highly engaged outside of campus. She served as a volunteer coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization and also volunteered at the nursing home facilities at Leahi Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. In May 2014, Kristy graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology.
During the summer before her senior year, Kristy participated in the Podiatry 3D workshop at Samuel Merritt University and fell in love with the campus and faculty. In January 2014, Mrs. Iwahashi Marquez was accepted to the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California, and will begin Podiatric Medical School in Fall 2014. Upon receiving her medical degree, Kristy hopes to return to Hawaii to practice medicine.
Dr. Charissa Kahue transferred to Chaminade when her family returned from living in Texas. While at Chaminade, Charissa Kahue participated in summer research programs, and presented her research at several national conferences. In the summer of 2006, she participated in a Pediatric Oncology Education Program internship at St. Jude's Children's Research hospital department of biochemistry in Memphis, Tennessee. At St. Jude's she collaborated with a postdoctoral fellow on a research project involving novel drug therapy for imatinib-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia. She collaboratively published with fellow researchers in the Journal of the American Society of Hematology in 2007 on the results from their hematological anti-cancer research. In 2007, she participated in Yale’s Biomedical Sciences Training Program and Enrichment program. In 2007, Kahue was honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) along with nearly 80 other undergraduate students from across the nation for their undergraduate research, by presenting her work at the "Posters on the Hill" (Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.) event.
Charissa graduated from Chaminade University in May 2008 with a 4.0 GPA and was distinguished with the honor of the Outstanding Biology Graduate of her class.
After graduating from Chaminade, Charissa completed a postbaccalaureate research fellowship from 2008 to 2010 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD under the mentorship of Dr. Ira Pastan. Dr. Kahue graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2014. She will begin an otolaryngology/head and neck surgery five-year residency program at Vanderbilt University in July 2014.
Ms. Chauntelle Maduli Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Chauntelle Maduli graduated from the Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama Campus in 2006 and went on to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa on a volleyball scholarship. Chauntelle transferred to Chaminade University in 2007 and went on to graduate in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology. A scholar-athlete, Ms. Maduli played for the Chaminade Women’s volleyball team from August 2007 to December 2009, and graduated with a 3.45 GPA. As a student, Chauntelle immersed herself in a variety of activities on campus including actively participating in both the Biology and SCRUBS clubs. For two consecutive summers in 2009 and 2010, Chauntelle was selected to participate in two renowned biomedical research programs: the University of California San Diego Endocrine Society Minority Access Program, and the Baylor College of Medicine Endocrine Society Minority Access Program. Chauntelle received funding to present her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting. In Fall 2012, Ms. Chauntelle Maduli, a first generation college student, entered A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is her hope that upon completion of her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree she will be able to return to Hawaii to practice medicine.
From Benicia, California, Dr. Marian Murphy transferred to Chaminade University of Honolulu in the fall of 2006 as a junior. A gifted scholar-athlete, Marian was a member of Chaminade University’s inaugural women’s basketball team, and played both of her years at Chaminade, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In addition, Marian was a member of several clubs and organizations on campus to include the Biology club, Interact club, and was a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. Marian graduated from Chaminade University, Summa Cum Laude in May 2008, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology.
In the summer after her junior year at Chaminade, Marian interned at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center through the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Minority Access to Research Careers Summer Research Opportunity Program. She later presented her Research project, “Does Reduction of GLUT1 in Mammary Tumor Cells Suppress Proliferation & Alter Cell Metabolism?” at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference in October 2007. While applying to medical, Marian also worked as a research associate at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine testing the effectiveness of therapeutic medication for HIV patients.
Marian graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine valedictorian of her class in June 2013. During her time at medical school, Marian was one of eleven students chosen to participate in the Touro University Global Health Program summer internship in Linkou, Taiwan. She spent her preliminary intern year at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California, and will continue to study Anesthesiology at the University of Utah.
Ms. Michelle Pierce came to Chaminade from Eureka, California. Michelle grew up in a multicultural family – her mother grew up in Peru. Michelle excelled in her classes, and thrived in the diverse environment of Chaminade. As a freshman, Michelle took a rigorous load including Biology and Chemistry, and was one of our outstanding freshmen. She continued to excel, and is remembered as an enthusiastic and conscientious student. In addition, Michelle held leadership roles including the Biology Club President.
In her sophomore year, Michelle was accepted to the Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program. Through this program, Michelle spent two summers and her senior at Boston University where she was immersed in a range of enrichment and academic programs.
Michelle entered Boston University School of Medicine in August 2013 – one of 165 new medical students. There were 11,780 applications for Boston University School of Medicine’s class of 2017.
Her mother reports that her younger cousins in California and Peru look up to Michelle as a wonderful role model.
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Jacquelynn Pratt graduated from The Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama campus in 2001. While at Chaminade University, Ms. Pratt remained highly involved in a number of school clubs and organizations, and took on a variety of leadership roles within the Biology, Scrubs Pre-medical, Forensic Science, and Hawaiian Clubs. She was also inducted into two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta, and participated in the first Native Hawaiian Leadership course offered at Chaminade University.
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Jacquelynn Pratt graduated from The Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama campus in 2001. While at Chaminade University, Ms. Pratt remained highly involved in a number of school clubs and organizations, and took on a variety of leadership roles within the Biology, Scrubs Pre-medical, Forensic Science, and Hawaiian Clubs. She was also inducted into two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta, and participated in the first Native Hawaiian Leadership course offered at Chaminade University. Ms. Pratt majored in both Biology and English, and earned both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in May 2006 with a 3.9 GPA. She also received the Outstanding English Graduate award. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Pratt participated in a variety of research programs with topics spanning a multitude of disciplines including, psychology, cancer biology, ecology, and epidemiology, and attended many conferences. After graduating from Chaminade, Ms. Pratt spent three months on the Cook Islands working with the Ministry of Health to computerize patient data in order to more accurately calculate the incidence and prevalence of cancer among Native Cook Island Maori.
After returning from the Cook Islands, Ms. Pratt continued to improve her medical school application while working as a full-time supervisor for Borders Books and Music. Ms. Pratt has spent the last year working at Chaminade University as the Assistant to the Associate Provost in the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research. While increasing her exposure to the clinical side of medicine, Ms. Pratt discovered the practice of osteopathic medicine. Founded in the late 1800s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathic medicine emphasizes the importance of whole-person medicine, hands-on diagnosis and treatment, and health promotion and disease prevention. She began her medical studies at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2013. She looks forward to one day returning home to Hawai’i to practice medicine.
A native of Guam, Mr. Kevin Ruaro entered Chaminade University of Honolulu as a freshman in the fall of 2011. As a freshman, Mr. Ruaro distinguished himself from his peers by taking a rigorous load of courses that included both biology and chemistry. Following his Freshman year, Mr. Ruaro participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of California at Los Angeles. While at Chaminade, Mr. Ruaro was also an exceptional athlete and a member of Chamiande University's Cross Country team during his three years at the university.
In the spring of 2013, Mr. Ruaro was accepted into the prestigious Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP). Upon acceptance into the program, Mr. Ruaro spent the summers after his sophomore and junior year at Boston University taking classes for his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. Mr. Ruaro is currently a senior, and, as part of EMSSP, is spending his senior year studying at Boston University. He plans to graduate with his degree in Biochemistry from Chaminade University in the spring of 2015. Upon successful completion of EMSSP, Mr. Ruaro will matriculate into the Boston University School of Medicine and will be a part of the grduating medical class of 2019.
A native of Guam, Ms. Kailene Tenorio entered Chaminade as a freshman in the fall of 2008. She soon distinguished herself from among her peers by taking a rigorous load of freshman courses including both chemistry and biology. Kailene participated in the Association of American Medical College’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program her freshman summer and returned motivated to work hard to pursue her dream of being a doctor. Her Chamorro ancestry coupled with her continual academic performance made her an exceptional candidate for the Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP). Upon acceptance into the prestigious program, Ms. Tenorio spent the summers after sophomore and junior year, and all of senior year at Boston University taking classes for both BS and MD credit. Ms. Tenorio successfully completed the EMSSP program and received her BS in Biology from Chaminade University in Spring 2012, and was accepted to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSOM). She spent 2012-2013 teaching in Guam, and began medical school at Boston University in August 2013.
Originally from Vietnam, Ms. Diep Vuong transferred to Chaminade University from the University of California Los Angeles and graduated from Chaminade in 2011 with a 4.0 G.P.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In recognition of her academic achievement and dedication to research, she was the recipient of the “Henry Clark President Sue Wesselkamper Prize.” Under the direction of Dr. Michael Dohm of Chaminade University, Diep researched “The Effects of Ozone on Global Methylation Patterns in Type 2-Like Alveolar Lung Cells,” and later presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in poster format. Diep also actively participated in many extracurricular activities on campus including the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program, the Biology Club, and the Delta Epsilon Iota club, while also working as a Biology Laboratory Assistant, AAP Tutor, and Orientation Leader. Outside of the University, Diep volunteered extensively at the local, national, and international levels. On the island of Oahu she volunteered at the Queen’s Medical Center in the Emergency Room, and while she lived in California, she volunteered at the UCLA Medical Center and the Vietnamese Community Health Center. In 2009, she spent a summer in Nicaragua as a medical assistant with “Global Medical Training.” In Fall 2012 Ms. Diep Vuong entered the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.