New global health fellowship funds student projects abroad

The USC Institute for Global Health has awarded four students fellowships to support their research projects overseas.

The inaugural Anderson Family Global Health Immersion Fellowship aims to fund meaningful, hands-on research experiences for USC undergraduate, masters and professional students—and enhance the recruitment of diverse students into research and practice careers in global health.

The three master of public health candidates and one medical student received $3,000 each to carry out their projects. Advised by faculty mentors, they will investigate streptococcus, nutrition, human rights and menstrual hygiene for at least four weeks in Mongolia, Vietnam, Kenya and Uganda, respectively. They will present about their experiences to the USC community after they return from their trips.

Candidates were selected based on academic performance, proposal quality, evidence of sincere interest in the research proposed, strength of faculty advisor and the proposal’s ability to support or add to existing research.

2017 Anderson Family Global Health Immersion Fellows

Divya Patel
Degree program: Doctor of Medicine
Project: “Prevalence of Group B Streptococcus in Pregnant Women in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia”
Country: Mongolia
Adviser: Pia Pannaraj

Madison Webb
Degree program: Master of Public Health
Project: “Driving for Optimal Feeding Practices: Comparing Vietnam’s successes to India, Indonesia the Philippines, and Nigeria”
Country: Vietnam
Adviser: Mellissa Withers

Lauren Jackson
Degree program: Master of Public Health, Online
Project: “Intersecting Domains of Health and Human Rights in the Kenyan Context”
Country: Kenya
Adviser: Laura Ferguson
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Simone St. Claire
Degree program: Master of Public Health
Project: “Menstrual Hygiene Management of Secondary School Girls in Oyam”
Country: Uganda
Adviser: Heather Wipfli