Meghan Murphy (B.S. '15, biological sciences) received a 2015-16 Princeton in Africa fellowship to teach science in Botswana at the Maru-a-Pula School—a coed, independent day and boarding secondary school that has gained a reputation as one of Africa's premier academic institutions. Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa's advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Since its launch in 1999, the program has placed nearly 450 fellows in 36 countries. This year, 52 recent college graduates (from 39 colleges and universities) will work with 31 organizations in 15 African countries.
Murphy, originally from outside of Philadelphia, Penn., spent much of her college career teaching freshman and sophomore biology and organic chemistry courses at UMD. A biological sciences major and global studies minor with a focus on global poverty, Murphy traveled to Haiti for two winters through the Alternative Breaks program and taught English at a pre-professional school. In 2013, Murphy participated in a short-term study abroad experience in Uganda, where she studied global leadership and sustainable development. Murphy also served as the development intern for a global health non-profit organization, where she executed the organization's first social media fundraising campaign and headed the official launch dinner in Washington, D.C.
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