2012-2013 Luce Scholar

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Dana Toy graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in sociology in May 2012. Dana was selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar before he began his studies in Atlanta. Over the course of his undergraduate career, Dana’s professional interests have centered on medicine and research. Following his freshman year, he applied and was accepted into the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, where he learned about the current state of healthcare and its relationship with politics, volunteered in underserved areas, and shadowed physicians from various fields of medicine. Since his sophomore year of college, he has also cultivated a passion for research with an independent research project on neuromuscular synapse reformation following peripheral nerve injuries. Furthermore, as the son of Khmer refugees, Dana recognizes the importance of diversity and community service. Because of his family history, he has been inspired to pursue several diversity initiatives. Dana has served the Emory community as a senior retreat coordinator for the Crossroads diversity retreats. He also served the Atlanta community as a site coordinator and volunteer for Project SHINE (Students Helping in Naturalization and English). This program allowed students to volunteer with partner organizations and work closely with the refugee and immigrant population in Atlanta.