Recent alumna to study culture and zoonoses in Brazil

Melody Maxwell, DVM, has been named a 2014 David L. Boren Fellow. Funded by the Institute of International Education and the National Security Education Program, Boren Fellowships support graduate students who wish to study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. She is one of the two Boren Scholars who were chosen from Ohio State this year.

Maxwell, alumna of the College of Veterinary Medicine and a current graduate student in The Ohio State University College of Public Health with a specialization in Veterinary Public Health, will be interning with the Zoonoses Division at PAHO/PANAFTOSA (Pan-American Health Organization) and studying Portuguese for one year starting July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She'll be spending the majority of her time studying zoonoses, aiming to compare the priorities and plans of countries throughout the Americas regarding zoonotic diseases. 

“Because I have an interest in a future career in federal government (specifically internationally), completing a fellowship focused on public health, the programs of international governments, and language learning is a great opportunity,” Maxwell said. “It’s going to be a year of hands-on learning!”

Posted June 18, 2014