Alice Zhang, a 2012 graduate from Philadelphia, earned a degree in biology and a global health certificate. Her interest in public health led her to work with diverse communities locally and internationally through various Duke programs. As part of the Duke Global Health Initiative, Zhang and two other undergraduates spent the summer of 2010 in Kunya, a village on the shores of Kenya’s Lake Victoria. There they partnered with Mama na Dada, a Kenyan non-governmental organization, on projects focused on nutrition, water-borne diseases and HIV/AIDS education for youths. Their work included creating and administering an epidemiological survey and working to spread positive health messages in the community.
The following year, Zhang was selected as one of seven Summer Civic Research Fellows, conducting research on nutrition among resettled Bhutanese refugee children in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro. In particular, she studied how their nutritional status may have changed after re-settling into a new environment and food culture. As a senior Hart Fellow, Zhang worked with the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Australia, a multidisciplinary organization studying both infectious and chronic diseases, and community health in northern and central Australia.
On campus, Zhang was actively involved with Duke EMS, providing first-responder medical services for 911 medical emergency calls. She also volunteered as a head tutor with America Reads and Counts, served as an editor of Passport Magazine and performed with the Duke Chinese Dance Troupe.