The Leboy-Davies Fellowship was created in 2006 to honor two pioneers in the fight for women at Penn, Phoebe Leboy and Helen Davies, both of whom are distinguished senior faculty members in the health sciences. The award is given to graduate students whose research will foster women's health, well-being, and educational equality in the world.
The 2013 recipients are:
Sarah Abboud, Ph.D Candidate in Nursing
"Understanding Virginity from the Perpectives of Arab Women"
Diana Burnett, Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology
"Navigating the Impact of Neoliberalism & Nutrition Transition and its Relationship to the Food Marketing Environment on the Consumption Patterns, Lifestyle Practices, and the Health of Black Women in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil"
Aliya Rao, Ph.D Candidate in Sociology
"Islam, Gender, and Sexuality: The Experiences of American Converts to Islam"
Tugce Ellialti, PhD Candidate in Sociology. The Leboy-Davies fellowship funded Ms. Ellialti's trip to Istanbul, Turkey where she looked at cases of sexual violence in medico-legal institutions and courts in the wake of significant reforms in Turkey.
Samira Ali, PhD Candidate in Social Work. The Leboy-Davies fellowship funded Ms. Ali’s trip to Kolkata, India where she conducted fieldwork to reduce and prevent the spread of HIV among female sex workers in India by exploring the new terrain of mother-daughter communication regarding sexual health and risk.
Kamila Alexander, PhD Candidate in Nursing - The Leboy-Davies fellowship funded the transcription Ms. Alexander’s interviews with young women. Ms. Alexander’s research promises to expand the scope of sexual safety among the population of Black emerging adult women.