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AAUW Awards Prestigious Fellowships to Graduate Center Women Doctoral Students; Grants Will fund Dissertation Research and Doctoral Education

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AAUW Awards Prestigious Fellowships to Graduate Center Women Doctoral Students; Grants Will Fund Dissertation Research and Doctoral Education


NEW YORK, November 13, 2014 The Graduate Center, City University of New York is pleased to announce the selection of four women doctoral students who have been awarded prestigious fellowships by the American Association of University Women for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The AAUW awarded American Fellowships of $20,000 each for dissertation research to Jessica Valiente, a doctoral candidate in music and to Jane McAlevey, a doctoral candidate in sociology.

Two International Fellowships of $20,000 each were also awarded to fund graduate education to Megi Gogishvili, a doctoral student in public health, as well as Akemi Nishida, who is a doctoral candidate in critical personality psychology. Ms. Nishida will use the funds to conduct her dissertation research.

"These prestigious fellowships indicate the excellence of our graduate students and will help advance the impact of their scholarship, both here in America and around the world," said Dr. Louise Lennihan, Provost of the Graduate Center. "We are also thrilled for our graduate students who have been awarded such generous funding by the AAUW."

Valiente is a flutist, bandleader, and composer who has broken barriers to become a major figure in the New York City Latin music scene. Her work as an educator and bandleader has inspired young Latinas to achieve artistic greatness in Latin music and compete for performance opportunities. Her research in Cuban music expands a field that has made significant musical contributions and brings the work of under-recognized female performers to light.

McAlevey, who is author of the critically acclaimed book on the labor movement Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), is researching "gender and power in the modern service economy, particularly in "mission-driven" employment including the largely female workforces in healthcare and education" for her dissertation topic.

Gogishvili, a doctoral student in the public health PhD program policy and management track, plans to research "demand side barriers to accessing health care for women in the Republic of Georgia," upon completion of her required coursework.

Nishida's dissertation topic is "confronting the neoliberal public care machine and dismantling race-, gender-, disability- based injustices: the co-construction of trans-dependent care relationships between disabled care recipients and their care providers".

AAUW International Fellows are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

Read AAUW's press release about this year's awards. To find out more about this year's exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail fellowships@aauw.org.

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Submitted on: NOV 13, 2014

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