Outstanding achievements of students in our graduate program

We are proud to announce the outstanding achievements of students in our graduate program this past spring.


Kelley Kampman was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her project “Becoming a Mother and Mothering in the Context of Biomedicalized Addiction Treatment.”


Julia Knopes was awarded a 2017 Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Research Grant to support completion of her dissertation research project entitled “(Un)certainty and Professional Role Performance in American Medical Education,” a study of certainty and uncertainty in the context of problem-based learning (PBL). She also received the Ruth Barber Moon Award for demonstrated academic promise, leadership ability, and financial need.


Sonya Petrakovitz received the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship and a 2017 Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Research Grant in support of her travels to Rapa Nui to conduct research for her ethnographic pilot study on “Cultural Persistence & Transitional Medicine in a Context of Commodification & Economic Dependence on Rapa Nui.” She received the Gil Kushner Memorial Travel Award in support of travel expenses to attend and present “Tourism, Politics, and Medicine: How island complexities shape identity and meaning on Rapa Nui” at the SfAA annual meeting. Sonya also received a National Science Foundation Society for Psychological Anthropology Travel Award to attend a professional development workshop at the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) Biennial Meeting. She also received the Medicine, Society, and Culture Travel Grant to present a group poster entitled “The Role of Psychological Anthropology in Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Education” at the SPA Biennial Meeting.


Allison Schlosser received the Richard A. Zdanis Fellowship Award to support her dissertation research on client experiences of addiction treatment and post-treatment transitions in Akron, Ohio.



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