Name: Stephanie Wraith
Title of Project: Assessing the Role of Maternal and Community Capacities in Preventing Hygiene-Related Infectious Diseases
Advisor: Scott Ickes
Honors Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
Hygiene-related infectious diseases, including parasitic infections and diarrheal diseases, are some of the leading causes of death globally among children under 5. For my honors project, I will be working to understand the maternal and community capacities that influence the spread, prevention, and treatment of these diseases, examining the issue from the perspective of community members in rural Nicaragua, multilateral aid organizations, and academic in the field of global health.
This fellowship is important to my research because it affords the opportunity to conduct on-the-ground research in both Nicaragua and here in the United States, giving my research breadth and depth that wouldn’t have been feasible without the generous support of donors.
Hometown: Danville, CA
Majors: Biology, Global Health
Future Plans: Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly passionate about global health, and particularly interested in why diseases impact the populations that they do, and how epidemics can be contained and prevented by working more effectively in local contexts. After graduating from the College of William & Mary I plan to attend graduate school in public health, working towards a career in global infectious disease control.
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, swimming, playing with my dogs, reading too many books, obsessing over infectious diseases, singing along (terribly) to the radio, and generally doing my best to combat the existential angst brought on by never receiving my acceptance letter from Hogwarts.
Fun Fact: I flew on a plane by myself for the first time when I was 5!
Follow Stephanie’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!