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Annie Liu, Sobti Family Fellow, 2018-19

CASI is pleased to announce the fourth Sobti Family post-baccalaureate Fellow, Annie Liu C’16, for the 2018-19 year.

Established through a gift from Penn parents, Rajiv Sobti, Gr’84, and Slomi Sobti, the Sobti Family Fellowship is the first program at Penn to provide funding for a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent research project in India.

Annie Liu is from Miami, FL and graduated in May 2016 from the College with a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior. While at Penn, she founded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter and served on the boards of Penn Sustainability Review, the undergraduate sustainability magazine and Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP), the sustainability umbrella organization.

In 2015, Annie received the Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant, which funded an independent research project in South India. Her work examined healthcare in Auroville, Tamil Nadu. 

Now a dual master's student in Public Health and International Administration at the University of Miami, she has spent the past year as a program associate at Miami IDEA Exchange, the first syringe exchange and harm reduction program in Florida. And she spent the summer of 2018 on an internship with the WHO Global Health Ethics team in Geneva, Switzerland. 

"The first year of my graduate coursework and my placement at the World Health Organization have painted an intellectual and governance-side outline of the challenges to global health justice. India, which carries the extremes of social stratification, yet also some of the most inclusive and forward-thinking health policy mandates, is where I believe a fuller picture on our collective health and healing will emerge — through the perspectives of the people whose daily experience reflect every challenge and gain. It is deeply humbling to be granted the opportunity to continue my learning in these spaces."