Current Role: MS in Social Data Science Student at Oxford University
Arrix Ryce is a graduate of the University of Miami. He he completed a Biochemistry major, an Independent Major called Religion, Medicine, and Society, and a Chemistry minor. Given that healthcare systems operate at the interface of society and science, Arrix is drawn to health services research by his interest in the interactions between religion and health. He plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist by outlining the functions of religion in health and healthcare delivery.
During the SUMR experience, Arrix worked on two mentored projects. Under Dr. Scott Halpern’s and Beth Cooney’s direction, Arrix explored the palliative care needs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. With Dr. Kevin A. Jenkins’s guidance, Arrix studied the mechanisms and embodiment of racism in medicine.
At the University of Miami, Arrix served his community in several capacities. Arrix was an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Religious Studies and a Peer Facilitator in the Department of Biology. Arrix was one of three coordinators for the University’s IMPACT Leadership Retreat, an interactive experience that compels emerging student leaders to reflect upon their potentials as the leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, Arrix served as a member of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Steering Committee, which developed a plan that aims to improve student learning by addressing the opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of discussion-based learning courses across all schools and colleges at the university. Beyond his commitments, Arrix's favorite pastimes include hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends.