Closing the Gap

Photo of Keshav Goel, Class of 2019Keshav Goel ’19 will study in Ireland next year as a Mitchell Scholar. He’s the first Williams student to receive the highly competitive scholarship since its 2001 inception.

An economics and biology major from Monte Sereno, Calif., Goel is an aspiring physician interested in addressing effects of socioeconomic inequity in the U.S. health care system, especially the impact on children. At age 16 he co-authored his first published clinical paper on the automated detection of congenital heart defects in newborns. He is now working on a biology thesis to uncover the mechanisms of asthma, which largely affect impoverished children.

At Williams, Goel has been a teaching assistant in the economics and chemistry departments, is a Class of 1960 Scholar in biology and has served as a class representative on the college’s Honor and Discipline Committee.

Goel plans to study immunology and global health at Maynooth University. “I am convinced that public health care and evidence-based medicine in Ireland will inform me of how to implement similar models in the U.S.,” he says. “I believe society can close the gap in youth health outcomes, and I intend to be part of that change.”