MEDLIFE Student Awards 2013



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Coming off a record-breaking year in 2011-2012, McGill University has picked up right where it has left off. Currently on track to sending over 100 students on Volunteer Trips and hitting $10,000 fundraised, McGill's chapter has once again shown us the full potential each student group has to help our patients and our communities reach greater access to medicine, education, and community development. A special thanks to the outgoing members of McGill's executive board, whose passion and dedication have resulted in a exemplary student organization.

In less than a school year, our new chapter at the University of Michigan has materialized into a truly incredible chapter. They have recruited a large membership base and sent numerous students on Mobile Clinics. Meanwhile, the chapter's executive board members have quickly moved to bring their enthusiasm to our Student Advisory Board (SAB).

Best Chapter: Honorable Mentions

With an incredible spirit and sense of team work, our chapter at the University of Georgia continues to be one of our most valuable chapters. UGA has brought 50 students on volunteer trips in each of the past two years and fundraised thousands of dollars for MEDLIFE's communities. More importantly, however, UGA and its members have proved to have the ability to consistently excel. 


New on the scene, Ohio State University has pleasantly surprised us with their ability to organize large number of students on our volunteer trips, as well as sponsor and fundraise toward a community development project. We hope that they continue to their trajectory towards becoming a powerhouse chapter in our student network.


Best New Chapter: Honorable Mentions

Fresh off an unforgettable experience during our August 2012 Cusco Mobile Clinic, student from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPRRP) returned to Puerto Rico and got their chapter going. They have done a phenomenal job organizing their students to join our cause as well as raising awareness about the one billion people on earth without access to health care. All the while, they have done everything with contagious enthusiasm and team work. 


The University of Ottawa has come to be an incredibly organized and successful MEDLIFE chapter. This year they organized a Mobile Clinic of almost 50 students to go to Cusco, Peru, and have worked hard fundraising throughout the year.

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The MEDLIFE Collegiate Career Award is presented to college students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within our young organization. These students are graduates or recent graduates who have dedicated much of their college careers to working to improve conditions for low-income communities and whose involvement with MEDLIFE will be coming to an end. We offer this recognition as a thank you, and wish them all the best in their new endevours!

college-award-2013-newAmrita Athwal has volunteered in almost all of the student opportunities MEDLIFE has to offer. Her student career began in the summer of 2010, when she founded a MEDLIFE chapter at her school at the University of California-San Diego. After a very successful first year, she joined the Student Advisory Board (SAB) and helped guide our student chapters over the next two years. In the summer of 2012, she interned at our offices based in Riobamba, Ecuador. This past year, she served as the Student Advisory Board Chair for the entire Western United States region.

Carolyn Adam became involved with MEDLIFE as the chapter at the University of Georgia was just getting started. Right away, she applied to be on the chapter's founding executive board. There she served as the chapter's service officer for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, planning local service activities and awareness-raising events for chapter members to volunteer in. Before her last year in college, she came to Lima as a summer intern in 2012 and got an up-close look at our work here in Peru. Last, but not least, she served as a member of our SAB during her senior year, guiding other student chapters to success.

Sarah Hillware started her involvement with MEDLIFE by helping establish a chapter at George Washington University and then serving as its President. She also served as the team leader and trip coordinator for the first group of GWU Mobile Clinic volunteers. In addition, Sarah served on the SAB for two years and stood out in meetings with her friendliness and willingness to contribute new ideas. We would be hard pressed to find a better example of a student who has represented MEDLIFE both in and outside of school. Sarah took the initiative to raise awarness about inequities in health care any way that she could, most recently during the 2012 Miss District of Columbia Pageant, which she won!

Silki Modi also comes from the class at the University of Georgia that started our MEDLIFE chapter there. For two consecutives school years, from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012, she served as the chapter's Mobile Clinics chair. During her last year at school, she stepped up her role in MEDLIFE's network of students by taking a central role in our Student Advisory Board. At the beginning of the this year, she started as Chair for all of our chapters in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic United States. With devotion and enthusiasm, she was able to organize SAB members to guide their chapters to greater success. At the beginning of 2013, she requested an even greater work load, and took on chairing chapters in the Midwestern United States and training our newest members of the SAB. 

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This award recognizes an innovative fundraising idea. MEDLIFE would like to recognize the chapter at McGill University for its tutorial program, which has raised thousands of dollars for the MEDLIFE Project Fund during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Honorable Mention: University of Puerto Rico-Ponce dog walk, UGA Zombie 5k run, UC Berkeley Taste of Peru event





This award recognizes a chapter for its committment to local community service. MEDLIFE would like to commend UGA chapter members for outstanding service to their local community of Athens, Georgia, and especially for their project to improve the infrastructure of a local community center.

Honorable Mention: Union College's six-week smoking cessation program and University of Florida's work with Habitat for Humanity. MEDLIFE would also like to recognize UC Davis for receiving a local service award from their school.



This award recognizes a chapter for its work as community educators. MEDLIFE would like to congratulate the University of California-Berkeley for the chapter's effort to raise awareness about global health issues through presentations at local elementary schools.

Honorable Mention: McGill University's One Billion+ awareness-raising campaign





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This award is for young chapters that have been quick to organize and have made great progress this year. Chapter members at the University of California-Davis have distinguished themselves through their passion, outreach, direct communication with our home office, and event programming during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Honorable Mention: The Dana Hills High School and North Oconee High School, our first high school chapters, are both off to a strong start this school year. The Student Affairs Team also wishes to congratulate the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, a very new chapter that has impressed us with their organization and constant contact with our office.




This award recognizes a student group for its positive attitute and team spirit. One look at the Facebook page for the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras MEDLIFE chapter reveals an incredible sense of community. Since executive board members attended a Mobile Clinic trip last summer, they have harvested a team at UPPRRP that works well together and volunteer enthusiastically in chapter events.

Honorable mention: University of Puerto Rico-Ponce, UGA




This award recognizes an outstanding student whose work often goes unrecognized. Mauricio first demonstrated his leadership by founding MEDLIFE's chapter at Florida State University. He increased his involvment with us by joining the SAB and completing a summer internship in 2012. He further showed how much he loved this work when he came back on his own initaitve to help with our spring 2013 Mobile Clinics. Mauricio quickly became known for his friendliness and enduring positivity, even when facing a bout of bad luck. We are incredilby grateful for all of his hard work, and hope that all the lost wallets and phones, long bus rides, nearly-missed flights, and bouts of sickness were worth it!

Honorable mention: We also want to recognize the chapter Mauricio founded at Florida State University. Read more about FSU here