Intern Updates

Update from Monica Motley

Greetings

I hope you have had a productive and exciting summer! I have been quite busy this summer and wanted to be sure to keep you in the loop with everything that is occurring. Especially, because I frequently credit the DRF internship program and continued mentorship to the growing skillset/capacity that has opened so many opportunities. Therefore, I would like to share my progress with you. To be more efficient, I thought it may be best to share in an itemized list.

Manuscript Publication:
My first lead article got accepted for publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior. The purpose of the article is to  describe methods and results used to qualitatively evaluate the community capacity of a grassroots coalition (DRPHC) initiated to effectively address obesity in the Dan River Region. I am in the very last stages before a publish date is set and will keep you posted. The attached version is a proof and cannot be used or shared for any purpose until publication by the journal. I would love to hear your feedback.

Scholarship Award:
I recently was selected as a 2012 Point Scholar by the Point Foundation which is  “…the nation′s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Point scholarships help pay for tuition, room and board, books and other expenses — in addition to professional mentoring, community service projects in the LGBTQ community, and leadership training. Out of  approximately 5,000 applicants, 29 scholars were selected, and I am the first from Virginia Tech, 1 of 2 scholars from Virginia and stand along other scholars from institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Berkley, Dartmouth, MIT, NYU, Duke, John Hopkins, UVA to name a few. Danville is also listed on the map to show where the scholars are from! Please visit the link below!

http://pointfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=942&srctid=1&erid=19302&trid=3e44a1c4-bf49-4680-8c76-bc5d90a4a8ee

Graduate Student of the Month:
Additionally, I have been selected as the graduate student of the month because of notable academic achievement, service, and professional development. Students are nominated and then selected for this honor.

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/

Research Study:
My advisor, Dr. Kathy Hosig, was awarded a major National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate the effectiveness of a Cooperative Extension Program called “Balanced Living with Diabetes” which is aimed to help Type 2 Diabetics better manage their diabetes through education, nutrition, and behavior change. The program will be implemented in the top 8 geographic locations (Virginia) with the highest rates of Diabetes. Danville is one of these locations. She has just launched the program in Danville and it was featured in the paper.

http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2012/jul/01/churches-help-virginia-tech-diabetes-research-whil-ar-2024111/

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/virginia-news/2012/jul/08/churches-help-virginia-tech-with-diabetes-research-ar-2041022/

I can’t thank you all enough for giving me a chance during the internship! I am proud to say I have come a long way since then and continue to have wonderful people to help me do so!! I am excited to hear all of the wonderful things regarding this summer’s interns.

Many Thanks

MM