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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Honzel Fellowship in Health Care Ethics

The Honzel Fellowship in Health Care Ethics is awarded to an outstanding (rising) senior in the Health Care Ethics Internship, with a passion for ethics as it relates to health care. The Fellow serves as a peer mentor to students in the Health Care Ethics Internship and develops an ethics project with particular relevance to students and alumni.


Natalie Kennedy, 2019-20 Honzel Fellow

Natalie Kennedy

The Ethics Center welcomes Natalie Kennedy as our 2019-20 Honzel Fellow. Kennedy is a Santa Clara University senior majoring in Public Health, with a minor in Biology and Chemistry. She states: “I have always loved science and health, and felt that these areas of study matched my interests and challenged me to think critically and grow.” Kennedy’s favorite classes have been organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics, and one of the best aspects of her academic experience at SCU has been getting to know her professors. “My professors have played an integral role in shaping the person and student I am today,” she comments.

At year’s end, Kennedy plans on applying to medical school, and aspires to be a physician. Her experiences with the Center’s Health Care Ethics Internship were influential in her career choices, and inspired her preferences for specialty areas that  include: Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, and Surgery. Her Public Health major, combined with SCU’s emphasis on Jesuit values, have taught Kennedy the importance of treating “the whole person.”

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the new cohort of healthcare ethics interns in a positive and meaningful way, and planning community oriented and bridge building social events,” Kennedy states. She is also looking forward to working with Ethics Center bioethics staff on projects such as piloting new rotations for future students, and developing materials to expand the program in the future.

A member of SCU’s women’s soccer team, Kennedy also enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.