Halbert Bai

I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Biology. This summer I will be studying at Cambridge on a Thouron Prize. Intellectually, my interests have been broad. I have done research on sleep, neurodegenerative diseases, and organizational behavior. On campus, I am the Chair of the Penn Publications Cooperative, the umbrella organization for 18 student publications on campus, and the Co-President of Penn Lens, a photography organization. I am a passionate photographer and my work has been exhibited internationally. After graduation, I will pursue graduate school and afterwards attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where I have been accepted to study for my M.D.


It is without question that the most intellectually consequential classes I have taken so far in college have been through ISP and BFS seminars. For me, ISP and BFS provided the foundations on which I built my educational path at Penn. The lectures and discussions with Professors Karen Detlefsen, Joseph Kable, and Julio Tuma sparked my interest in moral psychology, a field in which I will complete my thesis. Likewise, Professor Puneet Sahota’s BFS seminar on health policy helped me to more fully realize the tangible impact I could make through health policy and administration. As an aspiring physician-public servant, I hope to one day use the integrative tools I have honed through ISP and BFS to help combat some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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