Emily Thuy Tien Nguyen, who is graduating with degrees in global disease biology and French, is a 2019 recipient of the Mary Regan Meyer Award. A proud daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, she grew up in San Jose, California. She credits her involvement with student organizations and a research lab in helping her grow and find ways to contribute to society. At the student-run Knights Landing One Health Center, she learned about medicine and social determinants of health alongside physicians, community members, medical students and fellow undergraduates. She also volunteered with Alzheimer's Buddies at UC Davis, which collaborates with local senior homes to support those with dementia. She co-founded the UC Davis Rock Climbing team and fostered its growth into a competitive team ranking both regionally and nationally. She also worked in the Kinyua Lab, focusing on menstrual hygiene management solutions. In her junior year, Nguyen was part of the first group of UC Davis students who participated in the Nepal Seminar Abroad to work on health issues in a mountain village. After graduation, she plans to spend time with family and explore further work and studies in global health and community development before applying to medical school.