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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Undergraduate students receive Advanced Study Grants

erin kesler '11 and katherine "katya" wheelwright '12 have been awarded 2009 boston college advanced study grants. the grants are given to recognize and support first- and second- year students whose studies reflect particular ambition and originality.



Erin Kesler '11 and Katherine "Katya" Wheelwright '12 have been awarded 2009 Boston College Advanced Study Grants. The grants are given to recognize and support first- and second- year students whose studies reflect particular ambition and originality. Advanced Study Grants fund a summer "skill acquisition" project, which will accelerate the students' progress in their field of study, help them acquire the skills needed for more sophisticated research during their junior and senior years, and prepare them as potential candidates for national fellowships.

Erin Kesler's project is to create a self-sustaining educational program for at-risk teen mothers in the Central Florida area. She also hopes to establish a charity foundation to generate ongoing funds for necessary resources to allow the program to evolve and continue supporting young mothers. With this monetary support, she will create "gift bags" containing supplies such as educational books and DVDs, baby thermometers, nail clippers, diapers, and baby wipes. She believes that an educational outlet will decrease the likelihood of abuse in at-risk families. Kesler's advisor is Assistant Professor Angela Amar.
  
With her grant, Katya Wheelwright will be spending a month in Uganda working in a medical clinic. She will implement a disease prevention program through basic health and hygiene education, which will be carried out in several schools in the Kibale National Park region of Uganda. The main focus of the program will be the importance of hand washing and basic first aid in order to prevent the spread of disease. Clinical Instructor Colleen Simonelli serves as Wheelwright's advisor. The MetroWest Daily News also featured a story on Wheelwright and her upcoming trip.


« More information on Boston College Advanced Study Grants can be found here.