Stanford junior Caroline Pecos-Duarte named Udall Scholar

Stanford junior CAROLINE PECOS-DUARTE, ’21, is a recipient of the Udall Scholarship, which provides support for college sophomores and juniors interested in public service to Native American communities and the environment.

Caroline Pecos-Duarte, ’21, is a recipient of the Udall Scholarship. (Courtesy Haas Center for Public Service)

Pecos-Duarte is from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, a rural tribal community outside of Albuquerque.

At Stanford, Pecos-Duarte is studying human biology with a concentration in chronic disease and community health. She is taking additional coursework to satisfy premedical school requirements, as she aspires to be a physician. She intends to return to her hometown, which she said struggles to attract and retain qualified medical professionals, particularly those with a deeper understanding of sociocultural impacts on healthcare.

Pecos-Duarte is active in the Native American community at Stanford. She has been a member of the Stanford Powwow planning committee and served as president of the Stanford Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Through the Native American Community Center, Pecos-Duarte has completed research on Native American artifact repatriation. She has also researched racial disparities in healthcare affordability at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Udall Scholarship is supported by the Udall Foundation, which expects to grant 55 scholarships this year. The award provides up to $7,000 for academic expenses and access to the Udall Alumni Network, an association of influential professionals working in Native communities and environmental fields who share innovative ideas, professional advice and job and internship opportunities. Scholars also participate in a five-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona, to network with other scholars and learn new skills.

More information about the award is available on the Haas Center for Public Service website.

Read the full article in Roundabout here.