ESP Biography



CHANTHIA MA, Yale premed exDSer who loves to paint!




Major: MCDB

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Still exploring various academic fields of interest, Chanthia thoroughly enjoyed the freshmen Directed Studies program. She manages the Yale Scientific Magazine as Managing Editor as well as designs for Yale SPLASH and SPROUT. She is currently working at the Yale University Art Gallery as a STEM + Arts Intern, researching the intersection between the arts and sciences. A few days a week, she goes down to the Yale Medicine School to help out at her lab. During the rest of her time at Yale, Chanthia hopes to continue painting, exploring her interest in the connection between ancient eastern and western literature and culture, as well as pursue a premed track.



Past Classes

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From Teacher to Student: the Origins and Differences in the Teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Splash Fall 15
You've always heard about the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle... but what did they really believe in? What did their works that build the foundations Western Philosophy really say? How did their teachings and theories evolve over time and from teacher to student? Come join me in discussing their ideas and ponderings!


Morality and Reality in Western Philosophy in Splash Spring 15
Come join me in discussing the theories of famous philosophers such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Mill on their concepts of morality and reality.


Two Thousand Years of Philosophy: Perfecting the Proof of God and the Soul in Splash Spring 15
Ever thought about what the mind and soul really are? Ever wonder about the philosophical roots of religion? It’s fine if you haven't, and even better if you have! Come explore the philosophies of Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Anselm, Descartes, Berkeley, Kant, Mill, Hume, Hegel, Parfit and more, tracing the debate on the existence of god and the soul across the centuries. Look forward to learning and analyzing how some two thousand years of philosophy have evolved on these topics!


From Plato to Parfit: Two Thousand Years of Western Philosophy in Under an Hour in Splash Fall 14
Come join me in learning and dicussing the most influential figures in philosophy from Plato, Aristotle, and Sextus Empiricus to Hume, Kant, and Mill.


Landmark Cases in Bioethics and Law in Splash Spring 14
Want to become a doctor but don't know what you can get sued for? Lacking in your common knowledge about the country's bioethical legal rulings? Join me in discussing the main court rulings regarding death, informed consent, doctor-patient relationships, organ transplant, and more!


From Plato to Parfit: Two Thousand Years of Western Philosophy in Under an Hour in Splash Spring 14
Come join me in learning and dicussing the most influential figures in philosophy from Plato, Aristotle, and Sextus Empiricus to Hume, Kant, and Mill.


Painting the Science Behind the Human Face: Beauty, Gender, and Symmetry in Sprout Fall 13
Want to learn how to draw a face realistically? Want to learn not just drawing but also the psychology and science behind the human visage? Join me in this 3 week class, where we will draw, analyze, and dissect the human face to see what determines beauty and attraction,why some seem female and others male, and how to map out a human face on paper.


From Plato to Parfit: Two Thousand Years of Western Philosophy in Less Than An Hour in Splash Summer 13
Want to learn about Western Philosophy, but don't know where to start? Or you do, but don't want to spend more than one hour on it? Take this class to get an overview of the progression of Western Philosophy from Plato to Parfit. Come learn what it really means to bring into conversation the big names of philosophy such as Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Hegel, Nietzsche and more! [Seminar]


Exploring and Sketching Yale in Splash Summer 13
Want not only enjoy the beauty of the Yale campus, but document it in pencil as well? Come join me in wandering through the campus, exploring nooks and crannies, basking in the sun, and seeking for the most beautiful places on campus to plop down and sketch! [Seminar]


Cognitive Approach to Western Philosophy in Splash Spring 13
Ever thought about what the mind and soul really are? It’s fine if you don’t know the answer, and even better if you do! Come explore the philosophies of Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Anselm, Descartes, Hobbes, Berkeley and more through a modern, neuro-cognitive lens. Be excited to learn and analyze how some two thousand years of philosophy have evolved on these topics!