23 Students Awarded DGHI Funding for Global Health Research

21 04 2010

The Duke Global Health Institute is pleased to award 23 grants to support student global health research and fieldwork projects in 10 countries this summer. With a total of $64,564 awarded to students, awardees include 18 undergraduates, two MSc-GH students, one medical student and two PhD students.

“The project proposals we received this year continue to reflect Duke students’ interest and commitment to academic investigation, especially as it relates to application and service,” said Sumi Ariely, DGHI student projects coordinator.  “These students are mentored by faculty across seven different departments at Duke and represent a variety of important global health topics, ranging from trauma in obstetric fistula patients to intergenerational transmission of weight-related behaviors, to an economic analysis of telemedicine.” 

DGHI supports 18 fieldwork projects in 10 countries. Each student will be working in conjunction with a community partner to carry out their project. Upon their return to Duke in the fall, each student will present their research and experiences at GH TRIPS 2010 before their peers and global health faculty.

“We are excited about the students’ upcoming summer work and look forward to hearing their stories from the field,” said Ariely.

This is the third year DGHI has administered the fieldwork grant program.

Duke Undergraduate Selected for Inaugural Global Health Fieldwork Fund

The Duke Global Health Institute is pleased to name Sneha Shah the first recipient of The Aalok S. Modi Global Health Fieldwork Fund for her dedication to solving domestic and international health issues.

Aalok S. Modi’s life was tragically cut short two years ago, but it was his life-long dream to pursue a career in medicine and global health. The new global health scholarship in his name represents Modi’s legacy at Duke, and aims to empower other Duke students to engage in global health research that embodies his aspirations and commitment to serve humanity.

Shah, an economics major and chemistry minor who is pursuing the Global Health Certificate through DGHI, will receive $2,500 to carry out a research project in Naama, Uganda this summer. She will be conducting a needs assessment to determine the financial feasibility of an Emergency Obstetric Medical Service in Naama, where she hopes her research will lead to training of first responders and a community financing plan to sustain the service.

The Aalok S. Modi Global Health Fieldwork Fund is administered by DGHI, and the recipient was selected by members of the Modi family, the fundraising committee and Duke faculty.



(Click here to view project descriptions.)

Auriel August (Biomedical Engineering)
The Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER)

Perry Blank (Environmental Sciences, Global Health Certificate)
“The Utilization of Traditional Medicine in the Naama Community”

Erin Boland
(Public Policy Studies, Global Health Certificate)
“Assessing Disparities in HIV/AIDS Awareness Across Gender in Lomé, Togo”

Lori Keeling Buhi
(Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology track)
“An Ethnographic Study of Intergenerational (mother-daughter) Transmission of Weight-related Behaviors”

Catherine Castillo
(Biology, Global Health Certificate)
“Wake County Human Services Tuberculosis and Control”

Tammy Chin
(Biology, Chemistry, Global Health Certificate)
“Understanding and Supporting Health Care, Education, and Access in Terms of Obstetric Fistula and HIV”

Brian Clement
(Cultural Anthropology, Global Health Certificate)
“Changing Social Networks and Health in the Bhutanese Refugee Community”

Lisa Deng
(Biology, Global Health Certificate)
“Assessing Palliative Care Needs in Naama, Uganda”

Joshua Greenberg
(Program II- Global Health: Innovation, Access and Effectiveness)
“Rainwater Harvesting in Kashongi, Uganda”

Darriel Harris
(Divinity, DGHI Student Council)
“St. Monica’s: A culture of healing”

Kelly Hu
(Environmental Sciences, Global Health Certificate)
“Specialty Health Care for the Uninsured: Project Access of Durham County”

Maxwell Kligerman
(Political Science, Chemistry)
“Analysis of Cataracts in Honduras”

Sonya Kothadia
(Biology, Chemistry, Global Health Certificate)
“Evaluating Maternal Nutrition and Maternal Health Services in Naama, Uganda”

Yuqian Liu
(International Comparative Studies and Arabic language, Global Health Certificate)
“Internship at the National Center of HIV/STD”

Austin Mattox
(Chemistry with concentration in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Global Health Certificate)
“Understanding and Supporting Health Care Education and Access”

Kristen Pfau
(Environmental Management, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health track, Global Health Certificate)
“Insecticide Use for Malaria Control: Weighing Health Benefits Against Consequences”

Kaitlin Rawluk
(Pediatrics Residency)
“Santa Rita Birthing Clinic Patient Population and Utilization Patterns in Honduras”

Rollin Say
(Economics, Global Health Certificate)
“Economic Analysis of Telemedicine”

Sneha Shah
(Economics, Chemistry, Global Health Certificate)
“Feasibility and Needs Assessment of an Emergency Obstetric Medical Service”

Jori Sheade
(Biology, Chemistry, Global Health Certificate)
“Presence and Causes of Malnutrition in Children in Kunya Village”

Melanie Subramanian
(Evolutionary Anthropology, Chemistry, Global Health Certificate)
“Wake County Human Services Tuberculosis and Control”

Sarah Wilson
(Psychology and Neuroscience)
“Studying Obstetric Fistula and Trauma (SOFT) in Moshi”

Alice Zhang
(Biology, Global Health Certificate)
“Lack of Clean Water: Health Consequences and Risk Factors”




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