Edem Asamoa


West Chester, PA

Academic Interests

Interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience

Fun Fact

I am a 1st Generation American. My parents were born and raised in Ghana.

I graduated from West Chester Bayard Rustin High School where I participated mainly in athletic and musical activities. I represented my school at the state and national level in the discus throw and performed in the school’s Honors Wind Ensemble, playing tenor and alto saxophone. Football, being my most impactful activity, provided me with a love for training and team competition.   At Duke, I have gotten involved with Bull City Fit, where I lead children with obesity in fitness and cooking activities, instilling healthy lifestyle values. Hoping to provide a fitness outlet to Duke Students, I am launching Duke Barbell, a weight-lifting oriented student organization, in collaboration with two upperclassmen. In addition, Duke Faculty member Greg Appelbaum has provided me with the opportunity to research how sensorimotor functioning affects human performance with neuroimaging techniques. Musically, Small Town Records, Duke’s student run record label, has allowed me to hone my music skills in the form of music production.

As I progress academically, I hope to further connect my passion for fitness and music to my growing understanding of the brain and neuroimaging techniques.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

The SPIRE fellows program has introduced me to a group of hardworking and talented individuals to learn and grow with. Spire’s weekly meetings, tutors and mindfulness meditation practice has aided not only my academic success, but also my mental and physical well-being. As a member of the first SPIRE class, I am excited to watch how my classmates and I grow over our time with the program. During my time at Duke, I hope to aid in the enhancement of the program for all future SPIRE fellows.

Edem Asamoa.
Edem Asamoa