Arianne Bazilio, a doctoral candidate from Guyana studying in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a 2014-15 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.
“I was astounded and deeply honored when I learnt that I was an AAUW Fellowship recipient,” said Bazilio.
Bazilio plans to use this opportunity to continue her research in drinking water treatment. She added that she is from a large family with a number of engineers, and she is grateful that she was encouraged to pursue a higher education in engineering.
“Our awardees are brilliant, accomplished, and driven,” said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. AAUW fellowships and grants have supported many trailblazing women throughout the years. Notable alumnae include Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, novelist Susan Sontag, psychologist Joyce Brothers, and astronaut Judith Resnik. Contemporary alumnae include youth expert and author Rosalind Wiseman and social entrepreneur Jane Chen.
“These are life-changing awards,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “We’re so proud to continue this wonderful legacy and to salute this new class of fellows and grantees. They now join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, and prominent scholars who have used AAUW funding to advance equality for women and girls.”
Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the United States, the AAUW International Fellowship program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,300 women from more than 130 nations.
According to its website at www.aauw.org, “The AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.”