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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Columbia Student Selected for Prestigious Horowitz Foundation Award

Ms. Ronna Popkin, a doctoral student in the Mailman School of Public Health’s department of sociomedical sciences, was chosen by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy to receive its 2015 grant for research in the social sciences. The Foundation awards aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level “who have the potential to contribute to the advancement of social policy on both a global and local level.” One of 19 awardees named by the trustees, Ms. Popkin was selected for her research “Variants of Significance? Constructions and Understandings of Genetic Risk for Cancer” which examined the consequences of recent advancements in genetic testing and how expanded screenings are shaping decisions and policies on genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

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[Photo: Ms. Ronna Popkin]

For more than 15 years, Ms. Popkin has taught about and conducted social and behavioral research on women’s health and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the United States. A fellow in Sociomedical Sciences’ NICHD pre-doctoral training program in Gender, Sexuality, and Health, she earned her Master of Science in Health Education and Bachelor of Science with Honors in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This year, the Foundation received a total of 535 applications marking the largest number of applicants in the award’s 19-year history, according to Chairman Mary E. Curtis.

Ms. Popkin also received a related honor, the Martinus Nijoff Award for the Most Outstanding Project in Science, Technology, and Medicine.