2018 Global Health & Health Policy Thesis Prize Winners

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

The Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding thesis written by a student earning a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy.

The 2018 Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize co-recipients are Aaron Gurayah (Molecular Biology), Paulita Lara Mejia (Neuroscience), and Julia Song (Woodrow Wilson School).

  • Guarayah’s thesis is “DNA Methylation as a Mediator of the Association Between Cognitive Ability and Neighborhood Air Pollution in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.” 
  • Lara Mejia’s thesis is “The Developing Brain Under Stress: Long-Term Consequences of Early Life Stress on Behavior and Neuroplasticity in the Hippocampus.”
  • Song’s thesis is “Impact of Hospital Closures on Quality of Care in New York City: An Analysis of the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.”

The following theses received honorable mention:

  • Tigist Menkir  (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) – “An Integrated Approach to Evaluating the Patterns and Impacts of Vaccine Confidence on Meningitis Dynamics in Nigeria and the UK“
  • Morgan Brewton-Johnson (Woodrow Wilson School) – “Redefining Investment in Health: A Comparative Analysis of the Relationship Between Social Service Expenditure and Population Health Across OECD Nations”
  • Ricky Chae (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) – “An Epidemiological Assessment of the Risk of Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions with Benzodiazepine Use in South Korea”
  • Tristan Lim (Chemical & Biological Engineering) – “Towards the Development of Accessible and Biocompatible Porphyrin Nanoparticles for Pet Imaging Applications”