Martha Nyongani, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Department of Education Policy, Research and Administration, has been awarded a 2010-11 International Fellowship from the AAUW, formerly known as the American Association of University Women.
First awarded in 1917 to Virginia Alvarez-Hussey, who studied medicine at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and then returned to Venezuela where she became a specialist in the treatment of leprosy, the AAUW International Fellowships have been given to more than 3,000 women from 135 nations. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in their fields in government, academia, community activism, the arts, and science.
“AAUW International Fellowship has given me the strength to continue believing that I can make a difference in my own life, that of my family and my community,” said Nyongani, of Malawi. “I intend to use the award to help me concentrate on mitigating negative externalities that affect access and equity of education in low-resource countries. My research focuses on exploring social marketing as an alternative strategy for planning school food programs in Malawi.”