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Spotlight: 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows

by Hannah Breaux | Nov 03, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi is currently accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship program until November 30. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. Beginning this year, the program will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships.

Read below to find out how Phi Kappa Phi’s 2016 Dissertation Fellows are making a difference through their research.

aswani-forweb2Monica S. Aswani
A doctoral candidate in the Health Care Organization and Policy Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Monica is using her research to employ econometric methods to investigate how hospitals may respond to pay-for-performance incentives in Medicare. The questions posed in her dissertation reflect a desire to address germane policy issues through rigorous empirical research. Monica has also contributed to healthcare quality and patient safety projects through fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization.

“I am both honored and humbled to receive this fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi. It recognizes not only my passion to address potential inefficiencies in our healthcare system, but also the unparalleled training and mentorship I have received at UAB.”

Click here to read Monica’s dissertation abstract.

broton-forweb2Katharine Broton
A doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Katharine is studying educational inequalities with a focus on higher education. Her current research includes a multi-method study of poverty and material hardship among college students. Katharine’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences. Prior to graduate studies, Katharine worked with low-income middle and high school students in pre-college programs and as a program evaluator. 

“Consistent with the mission of Phi Kappa Phi, this fellowship not only helps me complete a high quality dissertation project, but also ensures that my research is in service to others through the dissemination of results.”

Click here to read Katharine’s dissertation abstract.

Interested in applying for a Dissertation Fellowship? Apply online or download the fact sheet for eligibility requirements and application instructions. If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at

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