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Rohit Abraham

Corps Member at Teach For America

I am a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, where I studied Honors Neuroscience and Applied Statistics. During my time at Michigan, I wrote a senior thesis in behavioral neuroscience, taught university physics, and became heavily invested in social justice work. I believe in addressing disparities in both health and education, which are critical determinants of longevity and quality of life. I am currently a 2012 TFA Corps Member teaching in urban Detroit, working to close the academic achievement gap. I am also now applying to MD/MPH dual degree programs, planning to specialize in Emergency Medicine and Community Health. I aim to solve these inter-dependent issues by advocating for underserved communities through the lenses of doctor, educator, and public health practitioner. My interdisciplinary expertise will allow me to promote health by cure AND prevention--reducing disease on an individual level as well as on a community level.

Oakland University School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Secondary Science Education, 2012 - 2014 Activities and Societies: Teach For America, Michigan Engineering Zone University of Michigan Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Honors Neuroscience, Applied Statistics, 2008 - 2012 Activities and Societies: Alternative Spring Break, Berke Laboratory, U-M Taekwondo Team 3 recommendations available upon request

High School Science Teacher at Teach for America - Detroit May 2012 - Present (1 year 4 months) Selected as one of 5,000 accepted candidates from approximately 48,000 applicants (10.4% acceptance rate) to teach in underserved school districts across the nation. Biology teacher at Edwin Denby High School, managing six sections of 200+ freshman. Developed an original biology curriculum, tailored to promote student interest, critical thought, high-level discussion, and hands-on inquiry. Engaged a variety of teaching methods to ensure every student's success. Also served as the school's Robotics Coach, leading a team of 20 students to success in the international


FIRST Robotics Competition--winning the "Rookie Inspiration Award" at a regional meet. 2 recommendations available upon request Physics Teaching Assistant at University of Michigan September 2010 - April 2012 (1 year 8 months) Hired as 1st generation teaching assistant in large learning environments (discussion sections of 200+ students). Went far beyond the job description by taking on additional duties: developed exam questions for Physics 135, graded exams, held office hours, and hosted 2-hour exam review sessions for 120+ attending students. Managed small classroom dynamics as an independent section leader for Honors Physics 135. Completely redesigned the Honors curriculum to increase student relevance. Added faculty symposia, research ethics, and TEDxUofM admission--resulted in a 200% increase in enrollment demand. Received positive student evaluations every semester after 7 total sections of classes. 1 recommendation available upon request Neuroscience Research Assistant at University of Michigan January 2010 - April 2012 (2 years 4 months) Developed a broad range of molecular biology & biomedical engineering skills, from staining brain tissue to rodent survival surgery to MATLAB programming. Worked for 3 years in the laboratory of Dr. Joshua Berke, the director of the top-ranked behavioral neuroscience graduate program in the nation. Managed an independent research project as a Senior Honors Thesis student. Wrote a 35 page written thesis that was reviewed by 3 faculty members, who deemed it worthy of an honors degree. Presented my scientific findings at a national academic conference in D.C. with over 31,000 attendees (Society for Neuroscience 2011). Manuscript in progress for an upcoming peer-reviewed publication in 2013. 1 recommendation available upon request IT Systems Administrator at Altair Engineering, Inc. May 2009 - August 2009 (4 months) Learned the basics of corporate computer networking with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Developed expertise in troubleshooting, repairing, and building computers. Worked with a team environment to provide cluster computing, virtualization, and world wide networking. Major project was to help launch a new cloud computing data center. 1 recommendation available upon request

Senior Honors Thesis in Neuroscience August 2011 to April 2012 Members:Rohit Abraham, Dan Leventhal Time-course of Motor Deficits in a Rat Model of Parkinsons Disease


Biology Unit Plan: Introduction to Cells January 2013 to February 2013 Members:Rohit Abraham, Lizabeth Guzniczak Organized series of Understanding by Design (UbD) lessons, introducing freshmen to cellular biology. Provides academic outcomes, standards-based assessments, and a calendar of objectives.

Honors and Awards

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award AmeriCorps June 2013 Neuroscience Student Commencement Speaker University of Michigan Psychology Department April 2012 Commitment to Service Award Michigan Campus Compact January 2012 Otto Graf Honors Research Grant University of Michigan Honors Department November 2011 Albert Cain Honors Travel Grant University of Michigan Psychology Department November 2011

Volunteer Experience
Robotics Coach at University of Michigan Engineering Zone September 2012 - Present (1 year) Project Finance, Site Leader at Alternative Spring Break September 2009 - April 2012 (2 years 8 months) Webmaster, Volunteer Coordinator at United 2 Heal, Inc. September 2009 - April 2012 (2 years 8 months) Trauma/Burn Volunteer, Hydrotherapy & Wound Care Volunteer at University of Michigan Health System September 2009 - September 2010 (1 year 1 month) Medical Volunteer, Spanish Translator at Global Brigades, Inc.


August 2010 - Present (3 years 1 month)

Integrated Science, Biology Michigan Test for Teacher Certification First Aid-CPR-AED American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Training Global Compliance Network (GCN) Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher New Horizons Computer Learning Center Pharmacy Service Associate (PSA) CVS Caremark Corporation

Michigan Science Teachers Association 1st Year Teacher February 2013 to Present Society for Neuroscience Official Undergraduate Member November 2011 to November 2012

Skills & Expertise

Computer Hardware Science Education Project Finance Classroom Management Instructional Design Statistics Behavioral Neuroscience PowerPoint Research Teaching Higher Education Program Development Public Speaking Leadership


Community Outreach Molecular Biology Event Planning Public Health Staff Development

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Secondary Science Education Oakland University School of Education School and Society Learning Theory: Cognitive & Affective Development of Adolescents Issues of Equity in Schools Instructional Design Serving Students with Special Needs Science Teaching Methods Managing the Classroom Environment of and for Diverse Learners Literacy in Science Educational Software & Technology Educational Studies Research Action Research Capstone Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Honors Neuroscience, Applied Statistics University of Michigan Sleep Medicine Disorders Molecular Brain Development Biochemistry Double Honors Organic Chemistry II Psychopathology Issues in Biomedical Ethics Innovation & Entrepreneurship Regression Analysis Statistical Modeling Honors Systems Theory Epidemiology & Biostatistics Senior Honors Thesis in Neuroscience Physics of the Life Sciences NEUROSCI 520 MCDB 422 BIOLCHEM 415/515 CHEM 216H PSYCH 270 PHIL 356 ENGR 490 STATS 401 STATS 403 STATS 408H BIOSTAT 449 PSYCH 424/426 PHYSICS 135/235 TD 500 TD 501 TD 519 TD 521 SE 521 TD 528 TD 530 RDG 538 IST 630 EST 601 EST 609


Technology, Social Justice, Translational Medicine, Martial Arts, Photography, Stand-up Comedy, Ethnic Cuisine, Travel


Rohit Abraham
Corps Member at Teach For America

8 people have recommended Rohit

"After working with Rohit for this past year, I have seen his professional qualities on a daily basis. Rohit was transferred to our school a month in the year, a difficult time to transition. Rohit rose to the occasion and worked with staff and students to ensure that his students were on the right path. Rohit is willing to listen to critique and to implement suggestions. He volunteered numerous hours outside of the work day to help coach Denby's Robotics team. He is committed to constantly improving himself as a professional. Rohit would be an excellent addition to any team." Ryan Pavel, English Teacher, Denby High School, worked directly with Rohit at Teach for America "As a first year teacher, Rohit Abraham was very successful in the preparation and presentation of curriculum, as well as time management in his class. Rohit also worked diligently in putting together a Robotics Program for the school. Rohit Abraham is a brilliant young man who will go far and be successful in whatever path he chooses." Brenda Willoughby, Special Education Paraprofessional, Futures Health Corp., worked directly with Rohit at Teach for America "Rohit worked for the Department of Physics as a learning assistant in two large introductory physics courses. He also led a Supplemental Study Group which converted the course to an honors version. In all these efforts, Rohit's work was extremely responsible, thoughtful, and effective." Timothy McKay, was Rohit's client "Rohit entered the Berke laboratory as a sophomore and quickly learned to conduct several behavioral experiments in rat models of Parkinson's Disease. His technical background proved invaluable to the lab, as he took on responsibilities such as building custom computers and configuring network servers. After one semester, Rohit taught himself programming in both MATLAB and LabView with minimal instruction. Rohit is now managing his own project and has written a senior honors thesis that should result in a peer-reviewed publication." Dan Leventhal, Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan, managed Rohit at University of Michigan "Rohit came to Altair's U.S. Systems group with a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to learn our processes. He did not flinch from our multi-platform environment, including multiple distributions of Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and proprietary Unix systems. He gave back many thoughts how to improve our

environment, and he helped lay the groundwork for our network replacement, which was completed shortly after Rohit returned to The University of Michigan. Rohit also took time to learn Altair's products and perhaps these will help going forward as Rohit enters research programs at the university. Rohit brings a lot of energy and talent to everything he touches. I look forward to meeting Rohit again as his career progresses!" Jeff Marraccini, Director, Computer Systems, Altair Engineering, managed Rohit at Altair Engineering "Rohit is a highly skilled and committed member of the University community, with a vision of and passion for a more just society, and a sense of responsibility to contribute his specialized knowledge and skill to creating such a society." Dave Waterhouse, Director of Student Initiatives, Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan, advised Rohit at University of Michigan "Mr. Abraham served as a student representative for the Neuroscience Concentration on our departmental Student Academic Affairs committee. He was superb, interacting cooperatively with faculty, graduate students, and staff in his role. He was very creative about solutions, spoke up often and very helpfully, and was articulate and insightful about the problems facing the concentration and department. I highly recommend him for his good judgement and excellent interpersonal skills." Colleen Seifert, Professor, University of Michigan, taught Rohit at University of Michigan "Rohit and I worked together in a student organization that sent groups of students on community service trips across the country during Spring Break. Based on my observations of Rohit's diligence and positive attitude as both a participant and site leader in the program, I selected him to replace me on the Executive Board of the organization upon my graduation. I have full faith in Rohit's ability to manage the financial operations of the $100,000+ program and accelerate its prosperity." Ben Mercure, Student, University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, studied with Rohit at University of Michigan

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