Track: Undeclared

Graduation Year: Spring 2024

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD


Meet Esha! She entered the University of Maryland in Fall of 2020 as part of the inaugural class of the undergraduate Neuroscience major. The newness was an incentive--she is excited to be  one of the first participants in this unique and interdisciplinary major.  Esha loves that neuroscience integrates numerous fields of study, and was drawn to the major because the overall course content struck her as vibrant and intriguing; knowledge and information about the human brain is constantly developing, so the field grows in capacity and potential every day. 

Esha currently works as an undergraduate researcher at the Water Quality, Outreach, and Wellness (WOW) lab at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. In the lab, she works on both virtual and in-person projects that study the intersection between water quality and human health. Some of the projects she is involved with include water quality testing from farms in various parts of Maryland. The goal is not only to improve water quality on a local level, but to move towards and remove the stigma associated with water reusability. Previously, Esha interned at an Ophthalmic Research Laboratory at Coppin State University, where she focused on the relationship between the retina and oxygen free radicals. 

When she is not in class, Esha keeps busy on and off campus. She is an Undergraduate TA for the Global Public Health Scholars program and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, a co-ed pre-medical fraternity.She is trained in an Indian Classical Dance form called Kuchipudi; in the summer of 2021, she completed her formal graduation, which culminated in a 3 hour-solo dance performance. The whole process was lengthy but very exciting! Esha is also a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

If you would like to hear more about Esha’s experiences, please contact her at esaxena [at]


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