Faces of Science: Dhruvi Shah
Dhruvi in XS Marie Curie Dress
AmorSui’s “Faces of Science” Campaign features women scientists with their own unique shapes, sizes, and stories to encourage current women and future generations in STEM fields to feel comfortable in their skin and empowered to discover the next big thing.
Today we're featuring Dhruvi Shah, a Master’s student in public health at Jefferson University and the beauty behind @dhruvii_s, the lifestyle Instagram account focusing on fashion, beauty, and travel. Dhruvi is styled with AmorSui protective and professional garments that are fire-resistant and antimicrobial, and accessories as a part of our In Her Element shoot to display how women in STEM could be feminine, strong, and confident. Learn more about how she plans to use her knowledge in public health to provide the best healthcare service to underserved communities.
What is your research focus?
Right now, I have been working with the director in my program to study mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic through images and stories. We ask participants to share images they are capturing during the lockdown and tell us stories of what these images mean to them. Then we utilize this technique as a measure to understand how people are feeling during the pandemic. My capstone project, however, will start in the fall of 2021 and will focus on the relationship between chronic migraines and anxiety.
What attracts you to science and public health?
I was born into a STEM family surrounding by science. Professions in medicine have always stood out to me more than others. The experiences of my family members have shaped me to be passionate about helping people.
What motivates you to continue to work in public health?
I took a humanity class during my undergraduate study that was focused on public health and I loved it. I learned that the field seeks not only to develop medical ethics guidelines that help providers provide better value to their patients, but also to determine the challenges faced by certain communities, especially those who are underserved in the public. The aim of public health-related work is to make sure we deliver the best care to patients equally regardless of their socioeconomic background.
What is your career aspiration? What do you want to do next?
My ultimate goal is to continue working in this field and gain more experience, so I can apply academic theory to real situations. I like working in research. I see myself in a research position where I am able to directly interact with patients and get hands-on experience.
What is the last accomplishment you celebrated?
I got to celebrate my birthday before the quarantine started with friends and loved ones. We were staying inside, but it was so good to see everybody.
Tell me something you think is strange about you
I can read and write fluently in three languages in addition to English, including Hindi, Sanskrit, and Gujarati.
Could you describe your wardrobe?
My wardrobe varies depending on the occasion. At home, I stick with casual outfits. When I have to attend social events, I make sure my outfits are chic and classy. I tend to stick with pieces that can be worn all year round. I especially love to wear dresses in spring and summer, and live in big comfy sweaters, boots, and scarfs in the winter.
Dhruvi in XS Marie Curie Dress
Do you have a dress code when working in your field?
Although I work in a clinical setting, I don't interact directly with patients. At work, we usually follow business casual guidelines. My go-to outfit is a nice shirt and work pants.
What outfits would you normally wear when you need to look nice for presentations or talks?
I would wear a nice top (usually with brighter colors), dress pants or skirt, and a blazer.
What advice would you give to female scientists to dress more appropriately or professionally?
I would suggest for them to build staple pieces from neutral colors, such as black dresses, pants, blazers. They go well with everything. Then, focus on adding statement pieces, such as heels or cute flats.
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