Friday, March 18, 2016

UVA Students to Tackle Global Health Issues

From studying honey as a wound-healing additive in Rwanda to assessing the effect of mobile banking on women in rural India, 52 University of Virginia students will use Center for Global Health scholarships this summer to address public health problems in the far-flung corners of the globe.

The UVA Center’s University Scholar Awards, awarded by a faculty committee, offer up to $5,000 in grants for individual and group projects. The scholars, who come from multiple schools and disciplines, as well as UVA’s College at Wise, will conduct six- to eight-week intensive, mentored research projects, most at partnership sites, where they will be engaged in community-based projects with long-term connections to UVA.

“While conducting their projects, these students are outstanding ambassadors for the University, learning to approach communities with curiosity, humility and respect,” Dillingham (Director of the Center for Global Health) said. “The students learn about the communities’ health challenges and ideas for addressing them, and about how they, the students, can partner with the communities to imagine, design and implement solutions. This experience is transformative for the CGH scholars, building skills not only in global health research and evaluation, but also in cultural humility, teamwork and resilience.”

Click here to read the full UVA Today article and learn about all the different scholars and their projects this year.