Gillings Dissertation Awards
The Gillings Dissertation Award recognizes doctoral candidates in the Gillings School of Global Public Health whose dissertation research best reflects the goals of anticipating public health challenges and accelerating solutions to them.
The School’s student awards selection committee evaluates applicants’ dissertation abstracts on criteria such as quality, potential for public health impact, dissemination plans and metrics. Each awardee receives $5,000.
For information on how to apply for a Gillings Dissertation Award, see the Office of Student Affairs Student Awards Page.
Allison Groves, health behavior. Groves is studying intimate partner violence (IPV) in South Africa, including relationship characteristics of IPV during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Heather Paich, nutrition. Paich studies how obesity impacts people’s response to influenza infection. Her research looks at healthy-weight, overweight, and obese adults.
Bonnie Lyon, environmental sciences and engineering. Lyon is evaluating the public health impact of ultraviolet treatment (UV) of water. Increased use of UV could reduce dependence on chemical disinfectants which require transport, handling, and storage of dangerous compounds.
Stephen Richardson, environmental sciences and engineering. Richardson’s environmental sciences and engineering research explores solutions to soil contaminated by former manufactured-gas plants (of which the U.S. has at least 40,000).