Sydney Stark (BA, 2017) was awarded the XLII National Lambda Alpha Scholarship. Lambda alpha is a national Anthropology honor society (click here for information on our chapter). The award comes with a check for $5000. Next year Sydney will complete an M.A. in medical anthropology and global health at CWRU. She will also be applying to medical schools and plans to matriculate in fall 2018. She will continue her work as a volunteer birth and postpartum doula next year, as well as continuing her work at MetroHealth as a Research Assistant and Obstetric Simulation Coordinator. The hospital serves as the referral and care center for opioid addicted pregnant women and their children. Her research focuses on the hospital’s Mother and Child Dependency Program which provides inter-disciplinary, coordinated services for these patients. The objectives of her research include improving standards of care and determining the long-term impacts of opioid addiction on mother and baby. As the Obstetric Simulation Coordinator, she runs the simulation training program for obstetrics residents. The goal of this program is to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in the event of rare but potentially morbid obstetric emergencies.