Virginia Cobbs

Class of 2025
Undergraduate, Major

Virginia is a member of the class of 2025 hailing from Birmingham, Alabama. She was drawn to the department’s sense of community and interdisciplinary ability to understand America, particularly the South. Virginia hopes to pursue a career in medicine and is particularly interested in understanding the history and perpetuation of anti-Black racism in healthcare. She has done research with Prof. Fuentes in the Anthropology department on race-correction factors in medical algorithms, such as the one used for eGFR, a measure of kidney functionality. This algorithm has recently faced criticism for making corrections based on the assumption that Black patients have higher muscle mass than White patients. 

Virginia also spent a summer in the Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab, where she learned data analysis techniques and applied them to study immigration and the NYPD's spending on surveillance.

Beyond academics Virginia is a volunteer EMT and Secretary of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. She is also a member of Princeton Mutual Aid and Chief Correspondent for the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCUR) blog, which features articles on all things research. On weekends you can find her competing with the Princeton Sailing Team or maybe watching Alabama football (Roll Tide!).