Gus White is a senior in the College Scholars Program (CSP), pursuing a program of study he has entitled ‘Health Economics and Policy’, with a minor in Public Policy Analytics. Originally admitted to CSP with a program in ‘Bioinformatics’ he has continued to take course work in basic sciences and analytical skills, but now also draws upon courses in the departments of economics, political science, public health, philosophy, and sociology. This program has been constructed to create a view of the American Health System that integrates the financial, social, and political barriers to reform and improvement.
Over the course of his 3 years in the program, Gus has engaged in several research projects. He has worked on computational drug discovery at Oak Ridge National Lab and investigated the framework of Translational Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Currently, he is conducting his senior thesis research which aims to better understand the decisions that states made in accepting or rejecting the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion. This research will contribute a unique methodology for evaluating these decisions to the literature, help better understand the future of the Medicaid Expansion, and highlight important lessons for federal-state policy initiatives.
Upon graduating, Gus plans to attend medical school with a joint degree program in Public Policy or Health Systems Research. Apart from his membership in College Scholars Program (where he has served as the Student Assistant for the past two years), he is also a member of the Haslam and Baker Scholars programs. Outside of his academic interests, Gus is a regular volunteer at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Pond Gap Elementary. He has also served in executive leadership positions within the Student Government Association, Model UN, and Issues Committee.