2019 Global Health & Health Policy Thesis Prize Winners

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019

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 2019 Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize co-recipients are Samantha Chai (Woodrow Wilson School), Carson Clay (Woodrow Wilson School), and Mateo Gilsilvetti (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).

  • Chai’s thesis is “Hit Me With Your Best Shot: An Analysis of Maternal and Household Demographics on Child Immunization Status in India.”
  • Clay’s thesis is “We’re Closed, Call 911: Community Effects and Perceptions of Rural Hospital Closures.”
  • Gilsilvetti’s thesis is “Toward Chagas Disease Eradication: Benznidazole Resistance in Trypanosoma Cruzi, Clinical Awareness in the United States, and the Rights of Migrants.”

The following theses received honorable mention:

  • Maria Malik (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) – “The Impact of Tropical Cyclones on Infectious Disease Incidence and Public Health Infrastructure in Madagascar”
  • Claire Nussbaum (Woodrow Wilson School) – “Was Silver Loading Really the Silver Bullet? The Effects of CSR Non-Payment on Consumer Plan Selection in the ACA Individual Marketplaces”
  • Jessica Sheng (Molecular Biology) – “Characterizing Outer Membrane Protein Biogenesis in Escherichia Coli Using a Small-Molecule Inhibitor of BamA and its Resistant Mutation”
  • Tianyi Wang (Woodrow Wilson School) – “The Global Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance: An Analysis of Social and Health-Seeking Determinants in Antibiotic Use in Vietnamese Children under 5”