Psychology Ph.D. student receives AAUW fellowship

Program aims to tackle barriers women face in education

Christine Rosales, a Ph.D. student in psychology, has been awarded a 2019-20 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The fellowships recognize recipients whose academic work and community projects empower women and girls.

Rosales, who received the AAUW's American Fellowship, is pursuing a doctorate in social psychology with an emphasis on feminist studies and critical race and ethnic studies. Her work explores what she calls the "hidden resistance" of Latinas—the everyday actions and attitudes that push back against social injustice. 

AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education. Established in 1881, it is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting education and equity for women and girls. For the coming academic year, the group has awarded more than $4 million in fellowships and grants to roughly 260 scholars, research projects, and programs.

In its statement announcing the fellowship recipients, AAUW noted that financial support for students is especially important because women are disproportionately burdened by student debt, and their ability to repay loans is hampered by a lifelong pay gap that affects women in nearly every profession.