HJF Fellowship Award Presented to USU Student

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Megan Parker, a fourth-year student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2022 Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) Fellowship Award. The fellowship, which is awarded annually, provides one year of salary and travel support to an outstanding senior USU School of Medicine graduate student nearing completion of their Ph.D. dissertation work. 

The award was presented by Dr. Joseph Caravalho, HJF President and CEO. “I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Megan for this well-deserved honor,” he said. “Megan and many other USU students are performing exciting research and HJF is proud to support their impressive work.” 

Ms. Parker, who is mentored by Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, is part of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology Program. She is currently investigating predictors and maintenance factors of disordered eating in youth and adolescence. In collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Ms. Parker has contributed to 21 publications and presented her work widely.  

Two other outstanding students were also recognized with an Honorable Mention Award: Ms. Claire Kostelnik and Mr. Benjamin Tripoli. Ms. Kostelnik, who is mentored by Dr. Joseph McCabe, is a fourth-year student in the Neuroscience Program. Mr. Tripoli, who is mentored by Dr. Jeremy Smyth, is a fourth-year student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Program. Each of them will receive travel support to attend an upcoming scientific conference.