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Julius B. Richmond Fellowships
Among the core goals of the Center on the Developing Child is the creation of a new generation of leaders who are prepared to think differently, work differently, and drive innovation in research, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable children. Each year, the Julius B. Richmond Fellowship Program brings a small cohort of doctoral students from across the University to the Center to foster their interdisciplinary thinking, build skills in communication and knowledge translation for the non-scientific public, and be part of a community driven by the belief in the power of science—both biological and social—to catalyze fresh thinking about what can be done to reduce disparities in child health and development.
Including the awardees for the 2013-14 academic year, a total of 25 fellows have been named since the program’s inaugural year in 2007-08.
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This one-year fellowship provides students with a $10,000 stipend in support of independent research that aligns with the mission of the Center. Award decisions will be made in March 2014, and the fellowship will begin the following September. All Harvard University doctoral students from the biological and social sciences as well as the professional schools are eligible to apply.
During the fellowship, students create a work plan for the year, attend thematic and skill-building workshops, deliver a seminar presentation, and attend Center-sponsored events. Each Richmond Fellow is asked to identify a faculty mentor, whose responsibilities include providing input on the fellowship year work plan, attending the fellow’s seminar, and helping to identify an interdisciplinary group of faculty from across the University to provide feedback at the fellow’s seminar presentation that augments the mentor’s expertise. There is an expectation that significant progress will be made on the Fellow’s research during the year; specific benchmarks will be determined individually with input from the faculty mentor.
Candidates should have excellent academic records and defined research interests related to child health, learning, and behavior. Priority will be given to candidates whose work aligns with the Center’s mission, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and offers promising new thinking as to what could be done differently in policy and practice to support the healthy development of children and their families.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year were due on December 13, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The following four students are recipients of Richmond Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Soojin Oh is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research project explores how social, cultural, and organizational contexts influence early language development among children of low-income families. She hopes to inform policy that addresses social disparities and inequalities of educational opportunity for society’s most vulnerable children. Oh is a former editor of the Harvard Educational Review. She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.M. in education policy and management from Harvard. Oh’s mentor is Hiro Yoshikawa, who is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education and the Co-Director of the Institute for Globalization and Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Alonso Sánchez is a doctoral student in the Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sánchez’s research focuses on low-income mothers who receive nutritional and health support during their child’s prenatal period and first year of life from a Mexican anti-poverty program called Oportunidades. His research analyzes whether this intervention has long-term effects on the child’s education and cognitive achievement. Sánchez’s background includes experience as a consultant in education and human development projects at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He received a B.S. in mathematics and art history from Texas Christian University and a master’s of public affairs as well as a master’s of Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Sánchez’s mentor is Richard Murnane, an economist who is the Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Benjamin Sosnaud is a doctoral candidate studying sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His research explores the association between maternal socioeconomic position and education and infant mortality in the United States. Sosnaud is interested in documenting the variation in this association across 50 states and examining social policies that could help explain the cross-state differences in infant health disparities. By highlighting policies with the potential to either widen or narrow disparities in infant mortality risk, he hopes to draw attention to the broader consequences of policy decisions and inform future policy debates. Sosnaud received a B.A. in sociology and political science from Duke, and an M.A. in sociology from Harvard. Sosnaud’s mentor is Jason Beckfield, a professor of sociology at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Ashley Winning is a doctoral student in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, with a study concentration in social and psychiatric epidemiology. Her research assesses whether early psychological distress in children influences risk for heart and metabolic problems in adulthood, even when psychological distress is no longer an issue in adulthood. She is interested in understanding effects of the social environment on children and their health over the life course. Winning has held research roles in child protection, violence prevention, and women’s health. Winning received a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in drama, from Queens University, Ontario, Canada, and has a master of public health in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Winning’s mentor is Center-affiliated faculty member Laura Kubzansky, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Learn more about the research interests of previous classes of Julius B. Richmond fellows.
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About Julius B. Richmond
The Richmond Fellowship is named for Julius B. Richmond, M.D., who, until his death in 2008, was the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus at Harvard Medical School. As a pioneer in public health and early childhood development, Dr. Richmond was the first director of Head Start in the Johnson administration and served as U.S. Surgeon General in the Carter administration, where he was an instrumental public health campaigner against the tobacco industry. Dr. Richmond cherished the fact that the Fellowship was established in his name, and the Center is committed to supporting an annual cohort of promising young scholars as an ongoing testament to honor his enduring legacy.
Read the Harvard School of Public Health obituary for Dr. Richmond >>