Christine N. Witzel Award Winners Announced

InCHIP is excited to announce that two students received Christine N. Witzel Awards this year for their achievements and continued work in women’s health. The Christine N. Witzel Award Fund provides an annual scholarship to an academically promising undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and undertaking a research project related to women’s health.  Research topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, specific health issues for women and gender differences in the experience of health issues.


  • Samantha Lawrence, MA, a PhD student in Human Development and Family Sciences, was awarded the Witzel award for her sustained academic achievements and the quality of her proposed project related to her dissertation titled “Weight Stigma within Family Relationships: Experiences and Health Consequences for Women and Girls.” Samantha was recommended for this award by Dr. Rebecca Puhl (HDFS and Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity) who acts as her primary mentor.


  • Uma S Mehta, a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences, was awarded the Witzel Award for her outstanding work and proposed project “Understanding the Relationship Between Isoform D and Female Fertility.” Uma was recommended for the award by Dr. Caroline N. Dealy (UConn Health), who will act as her mentor on the project.


Congratulations to Samantha and Uma!