Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major Raaj Mehta ’10 carried out biological research in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, where he assisted in the start-up of a field study, participated in the collection of data samples and was trained in new laboratory techniques. He produced a senior thesis on immunosuppression by soil-transmitted helmniths, and he received a Fulbright scholarship to continue his parasite research in Ecuador after graduating.
Operations Research and Financial Engineering major Katie Hsih ’10 participated in a summer internship at the Global Action Foundation’s Wellbody clinic in rural Sierra Leone. She received a ReachOut Grant for Public Service to return to the clinic, help run its programs and operations, and conduct independent research.
Anthropology major Karen Lillie ’09 conducted ethnographic research for her senior thesis on self-perceptions of HIV-infected patients in Puebla, Mexico. She then received a Fulbright scholarship for independent research in Canada, examining political and social barriers to health care experienced by indigenous peoples migrating between reserves and Ottawa’s urban center. Karen has since begun medical school, where she plans to integrate her interest in emergency room medicine with global health applications.
Physics majors Yaagnik Kosuri ’10 and Patrick van Nieuwenhuizen ’10 conducted independent research on tuberculosis in Peru in their senior year at Princeton. Upon graduation they established Upenyu, a grassroots organization that addresses neglected tropical disease in Zimbabwe.
Molecular Biology major Aditi Vasan ’10 did a summer internship on antibiotic resistance in India and a senior thesis on antimalarial drug resistance. Upon graduation she turned her focus to domestic health issues, receiving a public health fellowship to work for the Primary Care Coalition in Washington, DC. Aditi plans to attend medical school, with a new understanding of low-income and uninsured patients’ barriers to care.
Chemistry major Dan Kelly ’03 developed a passion for helping underserved populations during his time at Princeton. While in medical school he partnered with a Sierra Leonean physician to create the Global Action Foundation / Wellbody, an organization and clinic dedicated to aiding war-disabled Sierra Leoneans.
Woodrow Wilson School major Rachel Rizal ’09 did a senior thesis on the introduction and administration of vaccines in middle-income countries, using the Hepatitis B vaccine in the Philippines as a case study. With the support of a Fulbright scholarship Rachel returned to the Philippines after graduation to examine the introduction of the HPV vaccine into the national healthcare program, focusing on the cost of cervical cancer screening and treatment.