Student Earns American Association Of University Women Fellowship

A graduate student at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University has received an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Amna Tariq says the $18,000 award from AAUW for the 2016-2017 academic year will help her finish her MPH in epidemiology and achieve her career goal of improving public health in developing countries.

“An MPH degree will render me capable to address health issues and crises at a population level,” Tariq said. “I want to improve the situation of infectious diseases in developing countries by emphasizing research, surveillance and investing in the communities.”

Tariq holds a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery from Army Medical College in Pakistan. She works as a graduate research assistant at Georgia State’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence. Prior to enrolling in the MPH program at the School of Public Health in 2015, Tariq worked as a dental surgeon at the Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry and as an instructor and researcher in the pathology department of Holy Family Hospital in Pakistan, studying dengue virus and other communicable diseases.

The AAUW is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting women and girls in education, health, leadership and philanthropy. Its international fellows are chosen based on their academic achievements as well as their commitment to creating community-based projects that benefit women and girls in their home countries.

“This year, we are funding projects related to the environment, health, and women’s leadership, to name just a few,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants and global programs. “Our members are very concerned about the status of women here and abroad, and these fellowship programs allow us to extend our reach in a meaningful way.”