Kelley Chuang

Kelley Chuang, a junior at Duke University from Broomfield, CO, is
a chemistry major with a concentration in pharmacology and a Chinese minor. She
graduated valedictorian from the International Baccalaureate Program at Thornton
High School in 2004. In high school, Kelley was concertmaster of her school
orchestra and the Western States Honors Orchestra. She played with the Denver
Young Artists' Orchestra for two years and was a first violin at All State
Orchestra. She also won first place in the piano division of the TASHCO Arts
Festival, and recently participated in the first worldwide Scarlatti marathon,
a worldwide collaboration to play all 550 of the Scarlatti piano sonatas in 24
hours. In high school Kelley was a member of the cross country and track team.

At Duke, Kelley is a volunteer at the Duke Children's Hospital and a Best Buddy
at Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit of the Duke Medical Center. Best
Buddies volunteer 4 hours each week in a one-on-one setting with a patient and
his/her family, to provide respite care and decrease feelings of isolation that
families often experience during extended stays on the unit. Kelley is also the
program chair of the Taiwanese Student Association, and participates in the
Badminton Club. In the summer of 2005 she worked with Dr. Pei Zhou in the
Biochemistry Department on the structure of the E6 oncoprotein and its role in
human papillomavirus type 16, the culprit of cervical cancer. In addition,
Kelley has made the Dean's List from Fall 2004 through Spring 2006.

Kelley spent the summer of 2006 studying public health and traditional Chinese
medicine with the School for International Training in Kunming, China. She
learned basic methods of acupuncture, massage therapy, moxibustion, and herbal
medicine. Kelley hopes to return to China again in the near future to volunteer
and conduct research at an elementary school for the children of migrant workers
in Beijing. In the future, Kelley hopes to attend medical school and possibly
pursue a career that integrates western and traditional medicine.


Class of 2008
Chemistry

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