Senior going from Yale College to Asia via the Luce Scholars Program

Katherine McDaniel ’14 of Jonathan Edwards College, a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major, has been named a 2014-2015 Luce Scholar.

Katherine McDaniel

The award provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement for as many as 18 scholars each year.

McDaniel, who has prior undergraduate research experience in Israel and Ecuador, will spend 13 months in Asia. She is currently examining the impact global health research experiences have on students and their host communities. In addition, her molecular biology research deals with novel antibacterial compounds that may be less susceptible to drug resistance than standard antibiotics. She plans to become a physician concentrating on global health issues.

A former outreach director and co-executive director of the Yale-Ecuador HIV Clinic Initiative, McDaniel has helped transform that organization into Student Partnerships for Global Health — a student group dedicated to sending interdisciplinary teams of students to work alongside in-country partner organizations on global health projects around the world.

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program is unique because it requires candidates have limited or no prior experience in Asia but demonstrate leadership abilities and accomplishments.