Alex Bozzette (SFS ’12) Wins Circumnavigators Grant
Alexander Bozzette (SFS ’12, Carroll Fellow) of San Diego, C.A. has been awarded the 2011 Circumnavigators Club Foundation Grant to spend his summer abroad conducting a self-designed research project. Awarded to one School of Foreign Service junior each year, the Raymond M. Dinsmore Study and Research Grant funds ten-weeks of study in a minimum of six countries on at least three continents of students’ choosing.
In line with his passion for international health, Alex will be studying the challenges to and contemporary, low-cost solutions for diagnosing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in low-resource settings. MDR-TB is a rapidly spreading, deadly pandemic that disproportionately affects developing countries which lack the technology and expertise to diagnose drug resistance in TB-positive patients. Though the itinerary is subject to change, he plans to focus his qualitative efforts by interviewing domestic anti-MDR-TB policymakers, local laboratory supervisors, and relevant NGO representatives in Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tajikistan, Russia, and India.
Alex is a recent graduate of the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health. Outside of the classroom, he was highly involved in the Georgetown International Relations Club and served as Secretary-General of its collegiate Model United Nations, the 38th National Collegiate Security Conference. In the future, he longs to combine interests in international relations and medicine down a road which will help to improve the state of health care in developing countries.