Cruz Receives Fulbright for Research in India

Written by Laura Paskin
April 28, 2016


Senior Jennifer Cruz is headed to India on a Fulbright to work on a cancer-prevention project. The Psychology major has focused her academic learning and service on helping people cope with the life-altering diagnosis of cancer.
She will be conducting research with the Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO), an autonomous institution within the Ministry of Family and Health Welfare as well as RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to governments and commercial clients.

“Cancer rates are skyrocketing in India,” she said. “ICPO and RTI have developed a phone app and website to help rural doctors access critical information about cancer and cancer prevention. The research will determine its effectiveness.”

A first generation college student and Costco and Naef Scholar, Cruz was also captain of the rowing team. Read more about Jennifer Cruz here.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries.