On Tuesday March 29, the nominating committee for the Ron Hyatt awards granted by the Rotary Club of Chapel Hill announced the recipients of the scholarships for the upcoming 2016-2017 year. Funding was allocated to the following projects:
- Ryan Brooks, masters in the department of Exercise and Sports Science. This grant will fund exercise equipment for women recovering from mastectomy surgeries. The student will do a pilot program over the summer.
- Neha Verman, first year medical student. The grant, affiliated with the Compass Center for Women and Families will consist of 3 eight-week sessions for participants to share their experiences related to Intimate Partner Violence which will be compiled into a book distributed through the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Women’s Health Information Center.
- Marquis Peacock, medical student. Funding for SoulfulSouth.com, a sustainable online cardiovascular disease resource focused on educating Southerners about ways to preserve their culture while making healthy lifestyle decisions.
- Andrew Chi, doctoral student in Computer Science. This grant will provide funding for a project to train volunteer teachers in South Africa in the Kinesthetic Mathematics method with the goal of raising the fundamental math skills of target at-risk youth in Mamelodi.
At the same time as the new recipients of the Ron Hyatt awards were announced, the club hosted two groups of students who received the same grants last year to provide updates on their projects. Below is a link to a video that one of the student teams created to highlight their project.