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).
- Gurayah’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”
Best Photo Work Category: Teeto Ezeonu '19 - Morning Hike
About this photo Teeto said:
This picture illustrates a typical hike back from the designated trapping site for the day. On this particular day, we were hiking back from Bear Cliffs, our farthest and most elevated site, which usually took 15-20 minutes. Each day, the six of us who were working with the Mouse Crew rotated such that five people went trapping every day. Each morning we took approximately 15 clean traps each (75 traps total) up to the two grids of the site where we were trapping and checked/replaced the 64 traps at each grid for mice. During peak season, we usually caught about 22 Peromyscus mice every day and a plethora of other by-catch including chipmunks, flying squirrels, voles, etc. The traps we used were Sherman live traps which allowed the mice to stay in an enclosed rectangular box with grain seeds once it tripped the trap. After collecting measurements and samples, the mice were released near their home sites each day. This picture captures a period of time on the mountain of heavy rain in the afternoon and at night. This, consequently, made it foggy during our morning hikes (and often reduced the number of mice caught that day). These mice will provide an abundance of data for research on parasite infection and specifically on interactions between nematodes and the Hantavirus, commonly observed in these mountain mice.
Honorable Mention: Work Category
Driving in Mpala - Carly Bonnet '19
Sunglasses - Asia Kaiser '21
In the Lab at the NCRC - Fares Marayati '19
Best Photo Leisure Category: Maria Malik '19 - Lemur Friends
About this photo Maria said:
I was in Madagascar doing thesis research when I took both of these photos. I spent the most of my time there surveying health centers and learning about the impact of cyclones on public health infrastructure and infectious disease incidence. Two days before I came back to the US, I went to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and the Vakona Private Reserve to see some lemurs and other cool animals that can only be found in Madagascar. Since I'm concentrating in EEB, I was super excited about this trip and at the prospect of being able to see lemurs in their natural habitats. The picture of me with the lemur was taken at Vakona Private Reserve. The reserve has a small collection of islands that each hold different species of lemurs depending on whether they can coexist and their specific habitat needs. One of the islands that my guide and I canoed to had a small family of ring-tailed lemurs that were very friendly to humans. As we were rowing along the canal, the lemurs saw us and all six of them bounced alongside the boat until we docked. They bounce like kangaroos! I didn't realize the guide had put a piece of banana on my head so I was part surprised and part delighted when one of the really brave - and hungry - lemurs jumped on to the canoe and climbed up my shoulder. His friends climbed on to the boat too and I fed them them all little pieces of bananas. They were really soft and cuddly and although they don't like to be pet, they seemed to really enjoy climbing on me.
Honorable Mention: Leisure
Repping GHP in South Africa - Kasia Kalinowska '19
Solitary Boat - Dylan Kim '21
Hide and Seek - Maria Malik '19