Alumni Profiles

Georgia Lala

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Diocesan School for Girls

Settling into one field of study has always been a struggle with me, so it’s no surprise that my interests and extra-curricular activities are spread out across a range of different areas! Academically, I am fascinated by politics and science and the intersection of these two fields of study. It is for this reason that I am an active volunteer for UN Youth as both a conference assistant and conference coordinator, having travelled internationally to attend conferences. I am a strong proponent of the idea that anyone can make a difference in the world, and we all have the chance to leave the earth in a better state than we found it.

I also have a strong interest in the sustainable innovation scene. I was awarded the New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Award for my work in aquaponic research, and have presented a Ted Talk at TedxAuckland on the future of sustainability.

In my own time I love strapping on my running shoes and pounding the pavement. Running half marathons has become my guilty pleasure and my dream is to one day run in the Boston Marathon.

What drew you to the Robertson Program? I am an ambitious person driven to be the best at what I do and I wanted to study somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from, and the Robertson Program provided all of these things and then sum. As someone with a passion for science,  I am overjoyed at the chance to study at both Duke and North Carolina, both of which will foster me through my college experience and allow me to thrive in an academic environment where the only barrier limiting my development is my own imagination.

Georgia Lala