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Elise Craig: Giving School Kids a Chance

Feb. 3, 2016

Elise Craig is a third year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Elise Craig in PeruIn 2014, student Elise Craig traveled to Peru to help administer medical care to those in need. While there, she discovered schoolchildren in the village of Carancas were drinking water from a well contaminated with high levels of arsenic.

Instead of standing idly by, in true Spartan form, Craig decided to take action. She contacted Engineers Without Borders, who installed water filtration systems in the village. And it didn’t stop there.

After submitting the arsenic research findings into a national poster competition, Craig won $300 — which was then used to purchase additional water filters.

She received private support and traveled back to Peru in 2015, where the MSUCOM team expanded on the research she began. Craig is applying for grants to fund further research and water filtration devices for multiple Peruvian villages in need of clean water. 

Learn more about Elise by watching the video above.

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Story by Sarah Wardell, photos by Kurt Stepnitz

Reprinted with permission from Empower Extraordinary: The Campaign for Michigan State University