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Dalton Price

Meet Dalton Price

Hometown: Port Orange, FL
College: College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Anthropology
Year: 2020

"Cornell took so many steps to support me in my decision to pursue public service. Being interested in global health and development studies, I have been able to travel to and work in nearly 20 counties in just 3 years. These opportunities — being both investments in personal and professional development — were made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Assembly, Judity Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Department of Anthropology, and Engaged Cornell." - Dalton Price

Dalton Price is one of this year's Class of 1964 John F. Kennedy Award winners. This award is supported though The Public Service Center. Dalton is an Anthropology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, is also a proud first-generation college student.

Coming into Cornell, he already had a well-grounded interest in healthcare, being both fascinated with and overwhelmed by the system’s complexity. He thus strategically mapped out his undergraduate experience to work at all ends of healthcare. Dalton has worked on patient advocacy and policy with The diaTribe Foundation, biotechnology and intellectual property with The Microbiome Coalition, public health strategy and Medicaid finance with Aetna, international coordination and infectious disease control with the World Health Organization, biomedical and economics research at four academic institutions, and clinical work at Halifax Medical Center. He also received funding to write a book for students about the US healthcare system, to be published in 2020. Dalton noticed many cross-industry themes in this work, including a fear of getting political, and humanitarianism’s all-too-frequent failures and role in upholding an unequal global status quo. Dalton was awarded the Future Global Leaders Fellowship, Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Scholar Award, Gateway KSA Fellowship, Forbes Under 30 Scholar Award, and nearly 10 research grants.  

His service impulse is exhibited in YouResearch, a nonprofit he founded to empower high school students through real world research opportunities. After graduation, Dalton will move to the UK and begin his PhD in anthropology at either Oxford or Cambridge to study the humanitarian response to the unprecedented political crisis in Venezuela. After completing his PhD, he will begin medical school at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City