Doctoral Students Bajpai and Mottey Awarded 2023 AAUW Fellowships
Doctoral students Shivangi Bajpai (Kinesiology) and Barbara Mottey (Environmental Health Sciences) have been awarded fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the 2023-24 academic year. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.
Bajpai and Mottey are both recipients of the International Doctoral Degree Fellowship. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts or scientific fields.
Bajpai’s work currently focuses on advancing measurement of physical activity and studying the association of physical activity with various health outcomes. Her dissertation work centers around exploring the benefits of wearable device metrics in monitoring cardiovascular health of Alzheimer’s and related dementia (ADRD) caregivers.
Mottey's research specializes in air pollution and its impact in sub-Saharan Africa as this region is characterized with little data. Using a 5-year longitudinal data set from 10 fixed sites in the greater Accra metropolitan area, Ghana, she aims to assess the trend in PM2.5 and black carbon particulate matter and what factors are driving these increases. She would also assess how prenatal exposures to these pollutants are associated with adverse birth outcomes using a recently developed land-use regression model.
AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education. Since 1888, it has awarded more than $135 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 13,000 women from 150 countries.
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