Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Sanaa Alam, from Lafayette, Louisiana, is pursuing a master’s degree in epidemiology and clinical research at Stanford School of Medicine. At Louisiana State University (LSU), she graduated summa cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with minors in Spanish and political science. Sanaa aspires to improve health outcomes for disadvantaged populations in developing regions, particularly South Asia, by focusing on global health research, education, and policy. She interned at the Louisiana Department of Health, assisting with health equity projects in Baton Rouge. At LSU, she served as director of academic affairs for student government; founded a literacy program at a local, under-resourced school using a $5,000 grant awarded by the Honors College, and conducted aging research as a research assistant. She is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu and received a Fulbright Award to teach English in La Rioja, Spain.