The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission recently announced that Anu Ramachandran of Johns Hopkins University was among the winners of the 2016 Marshall Scholarships chosen by eight regional committees.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. As a winner, Ramachandran, a third-year Indian American medical student, will be attending the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Ramachandran, who plans to take a year off from her pursuit of a medical degree at JHU to study in London, stated in a press release that she sees the scholarship as a chance to augment her clinical background with "a bigger picture of advocacy research and policy work around global health and refugee health."
At Hopkins, Ramachandran has served as director of the student-run Refugee Health Partners, which works with the International Rescue Committee of Baltimore to aid newly arrived refugees with chronic and complex medical conditions.
She says she's interested in expanding her knowledge, from a global policy perspective, on "all parts of the journey" of a refugee's health challenges once they settle in a new country, where they often face "barriers to accessing and understanding a new healthcare system."
As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where she majored in neuroscience and philosophy, Ramachandran founded a chapter of GlobeMed, which pairs students with grassroots NGOs around the world. She also interned for two months in Tanzania, working on HIV education issues.
At the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ramachandran, who is from San Jose, Calif., plans to conduct research in the Public Health in Humanitarian Crisis Group led by Karl Blanchet.