Chen selected for AAUW award focused on ‘expanding women’s potential’

August 7, 2018

Liz Chen

Liz Chen

Liz Chen, MPH, doctoral student in health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship.

The award aims to “recognize women’s potential and support their future promise.”

Chen, whose public health work leverages mobile technologies to transform health education and support adolescent well-being, was named a 2018 Forbes “30 Under 30” social entrepreneur. She works with colleagues to develop a mobile application in which teens can share stories and read information on topics such as puberty, healthy relationships and bullying.

For her dissertation research, Chen is developing a scale to measure the acceptability of mobile health (mHealth) interventions among teens.

“I am honored and grateful to have received one of the AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Chen. “This fellowship allows me to prioritize my independent research and connects me to a vast network of fellows and grantees who are also trying to positively impact the lives of women and children.”

The AAUW, one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, has awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 women since 1888.


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