Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Health Studies
Future Plans: After pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, Kistler will attend medical school and return to her home state of Alaska to improve healthcare access for all.
Honored Faculty: Dr. Sandina Begic, Researcher, Center for Health Policy
Sierra Kistler embodies what it means to be a Bronco scholar. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be a doctor, but a family medical emergency, when she was 16 years old, gave her a personal reason to pursue a healthcare career.
In her time at Boise State, Kistler studied suicide prevention programming, presenting her work at the Undergraduate Research Showcase. She has also evaluated the outcomes of a culturally competent kidney care model used in Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico and has presented her research on the topic at the New Mexico Undergraduate Pipeline Network Program, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium at Boise State.
Apart from her research, Kistler has been a member of the Honors College; worked as a disease investigator for Central District Health in Boise, helping members of her community make informed health decisions during the pandemic; served as a Learning Assistant for Biology 191 for five semesters and in the Chemistry Instructional Center as a tutor; and volunteered as an organic chemistry lab assistant.
Kistler intends to get a Master’s in Public Health before going to medical school to eventually practice medicine in rural Alaska with an eye toward the health of her patients and the overall health of her community.
2021 Virtual Award Ceremony
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