Rosa Mathai, a 2004 graduate with Distinction in History, will begin study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine this fall in pursuit of a D.M.D. Mathai graduated in May 2008 from Tulane University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Cellular and Molecular Biology, and is an inducted scholar of the Newcomb Institute for Women. She also studied at Princeton University in Fall 2005.
This summer Mathai will present original research at the 6th International Conference on the Humanities in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently in the process of publishing her paper, “Rethinking the U.S.-Cuban Embargo: U.S. Minorities at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana,” in the Cambridge Journal of Latin American Studies, and is an associate editor of the International Journal of the Humanities.
Mathai is also an actively published journalist, with writing credits at Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, The Leesville Daily Leader newspaper, and the Tulane Hullabaloo, for which she served as Main Section Editor.
She has also held such varied jobs as acting in the TNT movie “A Perfect Day,” being a part-time dental assistant (which she did full-time for a summer in Peru), and interviewing Hollywood A-listers at the red-carpet premier of “All the King’s Men.” Involved with Amnesty International since her LSMSA days, Mathai served as Co-President of Tulane’s chapter, receiving a grant for her work with its Stop Violence Against Women Committee. She was later invited to speak at the 2007 NAACP Southern Conference about the rights of the mentally ill, post-Katrina, and was thrice elected Newcomb Senate Treasurer by her peers.
Mathai wants to thank her teachers and friends at LSMSA for their lifelong friendship and for giving her the skills and support necessary to succeed beyond high school.