Hi! I’m Susan Chemmanoor and I’m so excited to be a Baldwin Scholar!


I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I’ve lived all over the East Coast. I’m also proudly Indian-American, with my family being originally from the state of Kerala.

I’m planning to major in neuroscience on the pre-med track, but I’m also extremely interested in health equity. I’m such a maximalist when it comes to my interests, to me, more is more! On campus, in addition to being a member of health-focused clubs like NeuroCare, I’m also a DJ at WXDU, Duke’s radio station, and an opinion columnist for The Chronicle! I’m a strong believer in the value of the arts no matter how “sciencey” your career path looks— writing biweekly articles and discovering new music every week genuinely makes me a better person. We are whole people before we are students, so I strive to not let my little hobbies disappear. 

In fact, I love the arts so much that I run an online creative arts publishing platform called Palette (www.palette-global.com)! It’s a passion project that’s grown into something so much larger than myself. Because of Palette, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of being a female leader and it’s allowed me to meet some of the coolest people I know.

I’m a book-lover, with The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy being one of my favorites. As an avid sitcom enjoyer, you can always catch me rewatching an episode of Community or Parks and Recreation. Music is also such a huge part of my life! I’ve played violin, piano, saxophone, and most recently guitar! I love singing with the people I love- performing for my community is a feeling like no other. I’m an avid concert-goer; I’ve gotten to see DPR Ian, DPR Live, Joji, and Remi Wolf live (Mitski and Matt Maltese soon to join the list)!!

I’m beyond honored to join the talented community of women that is Baldwin Scholars. I can’t wait to see what my future at Duke has in store!