Ms. Kelly Protzko
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: University of Maryland, College Park
Host Institution in India: S.E.V. Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Madurai, Tamil Nadu  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Kelly A. Protzko graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in kinesiology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, a Dean’s Scholar and a Phillip Merrill Scholar. She was a teaching assistant for the anatomy and physiology undergraduate course and a member of the University of Maryland club lacrosse team and Dean’s Student Advisory Board. As an honors student, she completed her senior thesis research project studying gene expression changes in the cerebellum with long-term exercise. Ms. Protzko regularly volunteers as an elementary reading tutor with a grassroots education project and at the Bread for the City health resource room in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2011 Ms. Protzko travelled with the University of Maryland’s global health and development study abroad trip to Himachal Pradesh, India where she participated in a rural health initiative, a drug-resistant Tuberculosis mapping project, and studied the effects of a health fair in rural Himachal Pradesh.

Ms. Protzko’s Fulbright research project, “An Assessment of Major Women’s Health Issues in India,” will analyze major women’s health issues in the local region. She will volunteer with a local hospital or public health non-profit organization and assemble daily case reports to analyze the health trends and compare them with national and world data. Upon returning to the U.S., Ms. Protzko plans to pursue a joint M.A. in international public health and physician’s assistant studies.