Port Isabel, Texas, United States
Janelle Chavez, from Port Isabel, Texas, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), where she was a Forty Acres Scholar. Janelle aspires to use technology to improve lives in and outside of healthcare clinics, to increase healthcare accessibility, and to promote wellbeing through prevention. She served as a health policy intern at the Texas State Capitol, was a United Nations Novus Summit Delegate, and worked as a research assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She also co-founded the UT Global Surgery Student Alliance and volunteered at medical clinics in the Dominican Republic and Peru. Janelle was named a UT Austin Dean’s Honored Graduate and received the College of Natural Sciences Leadership and Service Award. She is a National Cancer Institute R25E Fellow, Coca-Cola Scholar, Stamps Scholar, and two-time Texas State Champion in Spelling and Vocabulary.