Esther Yoon is a senior majoring in neuroscience with minors in music, chemistry, and psychology. She is a Global Engagement scholar and a member of the Hutton Honors College. She currently serves as the president of Oxfam Club at IU, an NGO that strives to provide long-term solutions to hunger, poverty, and injustice on local and global levels. In addition, she is an active brother of Alpha Chi Sigma, a pre-professional chemistry fraternity and a volunteer at the Middle Way House. She has been a research assistant in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab since her freshman year and has researched physiological co-regulation of mother-infant dyads and executive function in toddlers using electroencephalography.
Esther has also served as a Hoosier Host in the IU College of Arts & Sciences Luminaries Program, the floor governor and an executive member of the Teter Boisen Leadership Council, and a Korean-English translator for a documentarian. Her experiences outside of IU include a gig as a wedding musician since the summer of 2013 and a barista at a local chocolate cafe. This past summer, she interned at the National Institute of Health in the Medical Neurology Branch researching movement disorders.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Esther moved to the States in fifth grade and graduated from West Lafayette High School in West Lafayette, IN. After graduation, Esther aspires to become a physician-scientist dedicated to translating neuroscience research into medicine. This podcast aficionado can often be spotted in Bloomington farmers markets, comedy and slam poetry shows, and concerts at the MAC or the Bluebird.