The University of Virginia’s 2019 Hannah Graham Memorial Awards will support two distinct projects that aim to advance women's health in Rwanda.

Brooke Adams, a third-year student majoring in global public health with a music minor, and Sonja Kapadia, a second-year student also majoring in global public health with a French minor, will participate in a study to investigate early recognition and management of critically ill obstetric patients in district hospitals in Rwanda and in order to reduce maternal mortality.

Now in its third year, the University of Virginia’s 2018 Hannah Graham Memorial Award will support work to improve maternal health in Rwanda and women’s working conditions in Senegal.

Navya Annapareddy, a first-year student who aims to double major in biomedical engineering and media studies, will participate in a study on the preventable causes of maternal death in Rwandan hospitals.

On April 17, in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded $1.1 million USD to 11 research teams from around the world for innovations to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. These teams were the winning applicants for funding in the 2018 Development Marketplace:  Innovations in Addressing Gender Based Violence.

Three University of Virginia undergraduates in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are this year’s recipients of the Hannah Graham Memorial Award.

Nadjad Nikabou-Salifou and Golda Houndoh will conduct a collaborative, community-focused health impacts study in Lomé, Togo. Jessica Amick will conduct a research project on maternal mortality and morbidity in Rwanda. All second-year students, none has yet declared a major.

University of Virginia second-year student Claire Romaine is the recipient of the inaugural Hannah Graham Memorial Award, the University announced Friday.

The award aims to honor the impact Graham would have had on the University and the world and provides support and encouragement to students mirroring Graham’s interests, including a passion for French, a dedication to the righting of wrongs, a commitment to sustainable change and zeal for tackling challenges and new discoveries.