Duke University | Baldwin Scholars Program

Ellie Proussaloglou

Ellie Proussaloglou

As I sit in my apartment staring at a blank page on the computer screen, trying to think how to describe myself in 500 words or less, I am reminded of the similar dilemma I faced trying to write my college application essays. I’m then struck by the realization that I am a senior. My incredible, whirlwind four years at Duke have flown by but the memories will stay with me forever. I can’t imagine life without the people who have defined my Duke experience. The Baldwin Scholars program has been a key element in this unbelievable whirlwind called college. Through the program, I have been introduced to amazing undergraduate women, who serve both as my mentors and mentees, and impressive Duke faculty. 


At Duke, I spend my time balancing school, research, activities, friends, and fun. As a student, I am passionate about two subjects. My first interest lies in the world of science, specifically in cancer genomics. In addition, I am intrigued by the business, administrative, legal, and social questions created by the application of science and health discoveries. To bridge the gap between these two interests, I tried to have an interdisciplinary academic experience. I created a unique combination of a scientific biology major, international comparative studies minor and policy-based certificate in genome science and policy.


Long-term, I want to go to medical school and practice medicine in a field related to cancer. I am particularly interested by pathology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology and had the amazing opportunity to shadow over 20 physicians this summer through the CAPE internship. Before medical school, I am excited to be in the working world for two years. I will be joining Putnam Associates, a boutique consulting firm working with biotechnology and pharmaceutical company clients, in Boston this fall!


Outside of class, I have been involved in many extra-curricular activities at Duke. I am very involved in Duke's Model UN team, which I directed for two years, and I do independent research at the Duke Institute for Genome Science and Policy. I am also on the Executive Board of my sorority, VP Membership for Order of Omega (the Greek Honors Society), and a chapter coordinator for the Duke Greek Women's Initiative.


I have loved all of my experiences at Duke, both acasdemic, extra-curricular, and memories from spending time with friends. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the Baldwin Scholars Program or anything about Duke in general. If you see me on the quad, feel free to stop me and say hi! You’ll find me by my super curly, dark brown hair :)