Kinesiology doctoral candidate receives AAUW Fellowship

December 31, 2012

Christina “Nina” Moore, a doctoral candidate in kinesiology, has been awarded a 2012–13 American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The oldest and largest of AAUW’s fellowship and grant programs, American Fellowships were first awarded in 1888 at a time when women were discouraged from pursuing higher education. AAUW American Fellowships are given to highly qualified women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“This award was serendipitous,” said Moore. “The support from AAUW will be critical in allowing me to finish my dissertation while supporting my children. As an American Fellow, AAUW has given me the opportunity to complete my research and, ultimately, to endeavor to become a leader in the field of Kinesiology. I am grateful to the AAUW, and look forward to one day helping other women as they pursue their own scientific aspirations.”

Nina Moore studies the effects of cigarette smoking on skeletal muscle and systemic inflammation, and in particular, the molecular mechanisms that result in higher rates of injury and prolonged healing in smokers. She will pursue a career in research, specifically in physiology and health. A single mother of two, she is committed to supporting and promoting young women in the sciences.

“The funding we provide to the AAUW American Fellows affords them the ability to become leading thinkers in their fields. It’s also a recognition of their great potential because they are receiving support from one of the nation’s most respected women’s organizations,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants, and international programs. “I congratulate the 2012–13 class of AAUW American Fellows, who now belong to this dynamic community of exceptional women who are breaking new ground, providing important perspectives, and helping humanity.”

One of the largest sources of funding for graduate education for women, AAUW has provided more than $90 million to more than 11,000 fellows and grantees since awarding its first fellowship to Ida Street, a pioneer in the field of early American Indian history.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, their members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.