SUNY Buffalo Student Receives National Award

Published November 20, 2014

Tejal Shelat, a full-time student at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions received an award from the American Association of University Women. The $18,000 scholarship award was given to Ms. Shelat through their International Fellowship Program.

Established in 1917, the International Fellowship Program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship preferences are given to women with excellent academic performance and who have shown prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Shelat, is a second-year student studying in the master of public health program in health services administration in the school’s department of epidemiology and environmental health.

Kristina M. Young, clinical assistant professor and co-director in the health services administration concentration at the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions recommended Ms. Shelat for this award.  Ms. Young stated in her recommendation letter, “Ms. Shelat remains in excellent academic standing and I anticipate she will continue to do so throughout the remainder of her degree program.”

A graduate of Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals of New Delhi, Shelat’s medical school practica included much exposure to her country’s women’s health issues through her work in maternal and child health clinics.  Shelat was a contributing author of a scholarly article published in September 2013 in the Indian Journal of Community Health, “Dietary Practices and Physical Activity Performed by School Children in Selected Districts of India." She plans to pursue her Integrative Project on the subject of health disparities among vulnerable women.