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Local Address: Allston, Massachusetts, United States
Harvard University
 
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  • Health Policy
    Duke
  • International Relations
    Oxford
  • Duke University
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INDOlink - NRI News - War And Health Impacts Rhodes Scholar Pooja Kumar
www.indolink.com, 24 Nov 2003 [cached]
Boston, November 24, 2003 -- Pooja Kumar, an Indian-American medical student at Harvard, had a singular birthday gift for her mother this year -- the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2004, which was announced on Saturday.
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A resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Kumar, 22, joined three undergraduates from Harvard in winning the Rhodes honor this year.A total of thirty-two Americans were selected and will join fellow winners from around the world next October in England for two years of study at Oxford.
A 2001 graduate of Duke, Kumar is planning to take two years off from Medical School to study at Oxford for an M.Phil in International Relations.
After graduating from Duke in May 2001 with a degree in Health Policy, she went on a Hart Fellowship with the International Rescue Committee in Azerbaijan.There, she is working on a large-scale community health program that targets internally displaced peoples and refugees, focusing on primary health care training and health education.
In the past, Pooja has worked for Save the Children in East Timor (summer 2000), UNICEF in India (summer 2001), Mother Teresa´s Missionaries of Charity in India (summer 1996), and under independent grants in China and Taiwan (summer 1998).She has also photographed with and taught photography to seriously ill children at Duke University Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital (1998-2000).Most of Pooja´s work focuses on the social aspects of health and medicine.
Pooja´s international interests are also evident in her academic work, which focuses on the relationship between war and health.At Duke, she wrote an honors thesis on this topic and co-taught a course on international health issues.
Daughter of Suresh and Sheila Kumar of Doylestown in Pennsylvania, Pooja was born in India, and has lived in Singapore, Indonesia, and Canada where her father, who is an executive of Johnson and Johnson, worked.
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In the summer of her senior year at Duke, Pooja Kumar was in East Timor where she conducted assessments of village life to design a national health outreach plan for maternal and child health.Kumar admits that her work with the Save the Children Foundation in the East Timor capital of Dili was the most intense learning experience she ever had."It was good to put my classroom work into practice," she had said."It was definitely the most intense learning experience I´ve ever had."
Kumar said she made some wonderful friendships in East Timor."I was in tears the entire flight home."Two days after leaving East Timor, Kumar was back at Duke.
"As hard as it was to get used to the level of destruction in East Timor, it was harder to come back to Duke, where everything is beautiful and everyone is pretty well-off," she said."It´s such a contrast.I was so immersed in everything going on there [in East Timor], and now I am so entirely not."
During the school year, Pooja had taken on a documentary photography project; she helped pediatric patients at Duke Hospital use a camera to express their views of illness and their lives.She conducted a similar project in Dili, this time teaching street kids to use a camera to describe their experiences before, during and after the violence.
Kumar was a finalist in Glamour magazine´s Top 10 College Women.She was on the National Dean's list and Duke University's Dean's List.In 2001 she was selected for the All-USA College Academic Team honor program.USA Today named Pooja under the program, which honors outstanding full time undergraduates in four-year colleges and universities in US.
Rhodes Scholars announced; will attend Oxford University
www.katc.com [cached]
Among this year's scholars is a second-year medical student at Harvard University (Pooja Kumar), who has been recognized as a top student by both U-S-A Today and Glamour magazine.Among her accomplishments: working with refugees in central Africa and with children afflicted with AIDS in India.
Kumar's wife Sheila Kumar is vice ...
news.rediff.com, 30 Oct 2009 [cached]
Kumar's wife Sheila Kumar is vice president for Johnson & Johnson's Consumer Services, Inc, and besides Aditya, the Kumars have a daughter, Dr Pooja Kumar, a Harvard-trained physician, who is a senior health consultant at McKinsey & Company.
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www.americanrhodes.org, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
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Currently a second-year student at Harvard Medical School, Pooja Kumar graduated magna cum laude from Duke in 2001, with distinction in her own concentration of international health policy and social values.At Duke, Pooja was an Angier B. Duke Scholar, served as an Undergraduate Research Fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was named to the 2001 USA Today All-USA First Academic Team, and won the Alona E. Evans Award in International Law for her honors thesis on health and human rights.Pooja received a Hart Fellowship to work with the International Rescue Committee as Health Program Specialist on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border and worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.She conducted a qualitative assessment of youth affected by HIV/AIDS in New Delhi, evaluated the National Health Insurance program in Taiwan, and served as a volunteer care provider for terminally ill patients in Calcutta.With the support of a grant from Duke's Center for International Studies, Pooja worked with the Save the Children Federation's Children in Crisis Unit in East Timor, where she also conducted an extensive documentary photography project on the effects of war and reconstruction on Timorese children.Her photography has earned several awards, including the Benenson Award and the John Hope Franklin Award.Pooja is no stranger to Oxford, where (in 1999) she studied Romantic-era British literature at New College as a Lord Rothermere Scholar.
India-born girl on Rhodes list for 2004
in.news.yahoo.com, 29 Nov 2003 [cached]
Pooja Kumar
Tampa, Florida: Pooja Kumar, a second-year student at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, is one of 32 American college students picked as 2004 Rhodes Scholars.Unlike in previous years, she is the only Indian American on the Rhodes list for 2004.
She was selected from 963 applicants, endorsed by 366 colleges and universities, to attend the University of Oxford in England starting in October.
The scholarships provide for two or three years of study.At Oxford, Kumar will pursue a master of philosophy degree in international relations.
"It was not just a surprise but a pleasant shock to hear the news about my being awarded the Rhodes scholarship," said the 23-year-old in a phone interview.
The India-born Rhodes scholar left her native country when she was just four years old.Her family has also lived in Singapore, Indonesia and Canada.
The Doylestown, Pennsylvania resident graduated from Duke University in 2000 with distinction in her own concentration of health policy and social values.As a high school senior, Kumar, travelled with her grandmother and brother to Kolkata to work in Mother Teresa's care facility.
As a Duke junior, she did an independent study of the mid-1990s cholera outbreak among Rwandan refugees.Kumar has also worked with paediatric patients at Duke Hospital, teaching them to use photography to express their views.
Rhodes winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
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