"Health equity means equal access to health care regardless of where you live. I work toward this by creating solutions to health care problems in rural communities like my own."
Sophomore, Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Duluth
Katelyn comes from a small town of less than 100 people in one of the poorest, most illiterate counties in Minnesota. In high school she participated in science competitions around the world and coordinated her school’s blood drive even though she was unable to donate herself due to a chronic illness. Now she’s working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree while advocating for STEM students who lack the funding and resources to follow their dreams.
She says her community volunteering experiences have helped shift her sights from biomedical research to pharmacogenetics — the study of how people respond differently to drug therapy based on heredity or genetics — with a focus in etiology, or the causes and origins of disease.
Katelynn created a system of Bluetooth-connected QR code medical bracelets with an auto-translate feature and updateable medication list that shows drug interactions and possible side effects. She has filed for the first of three patents and presented her medical technology company before the Governor of Minnesota.