Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Florida International Student Receives Best Abstract Award from World Association for Sexual Health

Ms. Sharice Preston, PhD candidate in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention at Florida International University’s Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, was awarded the honor of “Best Abstract” for her work entitled “Temporal Trends in HPV-Related Knowledge: A Global Systematic Review” at the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). WAS is renowned for accelerating sexual health research and education since 1978. Their biannual conference took place in Prague on May 28-31, 2017, and addressed a wide scope of global issues related to sexuality and sexual health.

[Photo: Ms. Sharice Preston]

Last spring, Ms. Sharice enrolled in a course on systematic reviews and meta-analysis, in which she conceptualized and began work on this project. Since completing the course, she has continued to develop this rigorous project, recruiting additional investigators and successfully seeing it to completion under the guidance of associate professor of epidemiology Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, who trained her this methodology. This abstract is published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, with a full manuscript forthcoming.

“Some day soon,” said Dr. William Darrow, her major professor, “I expect to see Sharice on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Whenever there’s a challenge, Sharice is up for it, and as incredible as it may seem, she usually succeeds.  From working with Sharice closely I have seen her close attention to detail, her tenacity, and her determination to prove a point–all good qualities to possess in the public health profession.” Ms. Sharice is in her fifth and final year of her PhD studies in public health, and is currently writing her dissertation, for which she designed and implemented an educational intervention to improve HPV knowledge and attitudes among sexually ​and ethnically ​diverse students. Ms. Sharice plans to graduate in December.