Austin Kaidi, a third year Microbiology and Immunology major and captain of the UCLA debate team, from Orange County, California, has a passion for public health reform, microbiological research, and speaking. Although only a third year, Austin is graduating early and planning to attend graduate school to study public health next year.
Starting in middle school, Austin has accrued 9 years of debate experience, and has spoken at the UN on behalf of UNICEF, has represented the UCLA Debate Union on the college circuit, and represented UCLA at various political events, such as Politcon. Austin has a passion for the research he conducts on creating a more efficacious TB booster vaccine in the Horwitz Lab at UCLA and uses this hands-on experience in debate whenever possible.
Austin has competed for the UCLA Debate Union on a number of occasions, including representing UCLA at the USUDC National Championship for British Parliamentary Debate. He was also a semi-finalist at the USU Western Regional Spring Championships 2015 and First Place at the PSCFA Western Regional Fall Championships 2015.