The Empire State Virtual NY Branch in collaboration with AAUW NYS and AAUW National, hosted a very successful Dinner Recognition for our AAUW NYC Fellows at the Harvard Club in NYC on Thurs. March 16 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This event was funded by the NYC Metro Funds. Thirty five friends joined us including AAUW NYC Fellows and AAUW leaders from AAUW NYS Board & District V Branches.
For over 15 years, Ronna Popkin has taught about and conducted research on women’s health and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the United States. In her dissertation, Ronna examines the consequences of recent advancements in genetic testing technologies and how expanded screenings are shaping communication, beliefs, and decisions about genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her goal is to conduct policy relevant research on gender, sexuality, and health as a university professor.
Erin K. Maher is a recipient of the 2015-2016 AAUW American Fellowship. Erin is a Musicologist who specializes in twentieth-century concert-music culture in the United States and France, focusing on issues of exile and migration, national and religious identities, gender, and disability in the lives of musicians. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her dissertation, “Darius Milhaud in the United States, 1940–71: Transatlantic Constructions of Musical Identity,” as a 2015-2016 AAUW American Fellow. Erin has presented her research at local and national conferences–as well as at last year’s annual meeting for AAUW North Carolina–and her guide to scholarship on Milhaud is forthcoming in Oxford Bibliographies Online. She currently teaches at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Walker-Said is an American Fellow. Charlotte is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Africana Studies at the City University of New York-John Jay College. She completed her PhD at Yale University and has taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Webster University. Her research focuses on Christianity and law in Africa and their effects on women’s rights. She works on gender and persecution in West Africa has led her to work with female asylum seekers and refugee populations seeking entrance to the United States and the United Kingdom. Her book on the history of Christianity and Law will be published in 2018.
Lamia Bazir is currently working for the cabinet of the head of the government of Morocco, on the development of the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Lamia was a fellow of the American Association of University Women, and a representative at the United Nations. Her experience includes political analysis for the Arab League, consultancy with Transparency International, and field research in Niger.
Prior to this, she earned a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University and a master’s in international development from Sciences Po Paris. She was also student valedictorian at Al Akhawayn University where she completed her undergraduate studies.
Most recently, Lamia won the United Nations’ Award for Volunteering attributed by the UN and MBC group for her social venture “Empowering Women in the Atlas”. She is also known for her inspirational speeches delivered at Al Akhawayn university, Stanford University, and the UN Youth Assembly.
Samantha Majic’s research lies in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, and the nonprofit sector. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision(University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2013), and the co-editor (with Carisa Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2014). Her research has also appeared/is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, New Political Science, The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, and Gender and Society.A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Majic is also a member of the Perspectives on Politics editorial board.
The deadline for the “Selected Professions” fellowships offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is Jan 10, 2013. These fellowships support women in degree programs in which women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
There are two types of special fellowships. Check out the others types, too. Visit the range of fellowships.
I. Science & Technology Group Fellowships.
Applicants may apply for any year of study in one of the following master’s degree programs:
• Architecture (M.Arch)
• Computer/Information Sciences (M.S.)
• Engineering (M.E., M.S.)
• Mathematics/Statistics (M.S.)
II. Focus Professions Group Fellowships.
These fellowships are open only to women from ethnic minority groups historically underrepresented in these fields. Eligible groups include African Americans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, and Asian American/Pacific Islanders.
• Business Administration (M.B.A.) – applicants may apply for 2nd year of study only.
• Law (J.D.) – applicants may apply for 3rd year of study only.
• Medicine (M.D.) – applicants may apply for 3rd or 4th year of study only.
Students apply directly to AAUW, and the deadline is January 10, 2013. For application procedures and additional details, see the AAUW website.
This month’s AAUW Fellow is Sara Shoener at the Columbia School of Public Health. She’ll be sharing her plans with us at the December Empire teleconference.
Sara is currently the Project Manager for a program funded through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women called the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative. They provide training and consultation to attorneys and advocates who work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, particularly to enhance their consumer rights advocacy efforts.
For example, they just held training on credit repair and advocacy for survivors, and next month they will be hosting training on federal tax advocacy for survivors. This work stems from our goal to enhance women’s economic security in order to successfully seek safety for themselves and their families. They are also about to start working with the White House’s Equal Futures Partnership to expand women’s economic and political participation.Sara’s university (Columbia) had AAUW listed as a potential source of support for doctoral students working on their dissertation research.
Her first contact with AAUW was the submission of her dissertation fellowship application, and then Shana Sabbath emailing to notify her that she was selected.
You can read Sara’s profile and interview here.
Join us at 7:15 on Tuesday, November 13 on our Empire Virtual Branch teleconference when we talk with Allison Goldberg about her research on why mothers around the world decide or don’t to vaccinate.
You can read more about Allison and her work here.
To participate in the teleconference, call 712-451-6000, access code: 223128#
Each year AAUW provides $4.3M grants and fellowships. One of our new virtual branch programs shares the incredible stories of the women and the topics these AAUW Fellows are pursuing. Each month we’ll interview two of them who work in NYS.
The first two fellows shared their work with members via teleconference on September 18. The first summary has been posted. The second will follow.
Amina Tawasill, a PhD candidate at Columbia University, shared her work studying women pursuing seminary work in Iran. For 15 months, Amina lived in Tehran, Iran and spent time studying women from two kinds of seminaries.
Amina says the AAUW fellowship has made it possible for her to work on her dissertation full time. She has just finished her first draft and expects to complete her work and begin pursuing post-doctoral work this year.
You can keep track of the fellows we interviews on this page.
Members are welcome to join the interviews and we will post future recordings so you can listen if the schedule doesn’t fit your personal schedule. After all, that’s the benefit of a virtual branch!