Sashti Balasundaram hopes to graduate with a Masters in Public Health: Environmental Health Sciences this May 2008. He is a current intern for the Earth Institute at The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). He helped form the organization - Students for Environmental Action (SEA) - which is a partnership of students from across the varying medical campus schools including the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Physicians and Surgery, the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This organization works on issues promoting environmental sustainability across the Columbia University Medical Center and works alongside community organizations enabling interactions and improvements with our fellow neighbors.
Sashti is interested in pursuing a career within the water sector especially in the field of water-sanitation and hopes to improve the situation at the global health level. After graduation he will take some time off to figure out the best direction to pursue these issues. He has thoroughly enjoyed his brief stint here at Columbia University and feels overwhelmed by the recognition this has garnered through his minute activities.