Global WACh

June 6, 2023

Global WACh Student Poster Symposium celebrates and highlights student achievements over the academic year

Members of the UW global health community gathered at the poster symposium in the Hans Rosling Center.

On June 1st, Global WACh hosted its first Student Poster Symposium to showcase scientific results by affiliated graduate student researchers and celebrate their achievements over the academic year. This hour-long event provided an opportunity for current students to share project summaries related to academic requirements (e.g. dissertation, capstone) or as Research Assistants supporting ongoing projects. Some posters were created for the event, while others were previously featured at other scientific conferences and could be accessible to the UW global health community. Faculty, staff, and students attended to view the posters and chat with the students to learn more about their contributions that help advance Global WACh’s science in collaboration with partner organizations.

The event showcased 11 students and 12 research posters. The students are from different academic programs—representing masters and doctoral programs in Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nursing—and at different stages of their programs. Some posters are available online on the conference’s website. Continue scrolling to view photos from the event.

Student Name Academic Program Poster Title Previously Featured At
Esther Choo PhD Candidate in Global Health-Implementation Science Food Environment Rapid Assessment Index: Measuring food environments in Nepal



DGH Learning for Action in Policy Implementation and Health Systems (LAPIS) Symposium (May 2023)
Esther Choo PhD Candidate in Global Health-Implementation Science Costs of a scaled up multisectoral nutrition program in Nepal Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Nutritious Food Systems Grantee Convening (March 2023)
Megan Coe PhD Candidate in Nursing Science Barriers and facilitators of providing guideline-adherent care to hospitalized children in Kenya: A qualitative study Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) (December 2022)
Sarah Hicks PhD Student in Epidemiology Comparison of methods to engage diverse stakeholder populations in prioritizing implementation strategies for testing in resource-limited settings D&I Conference (December 2022)


DGH LAPIS Symposium (May 2023)

Erin Ingle MPH Student in Global Health and Global WACh Certificate Program Interventions to Vaccinate Zero-Dose Children: Synthesis and Dissemination



Laurén Gómez Graduating MPH Student in Epidemiology; incoming PhD Student in Epidemiology


Global WACh Research Coordinator

Quantified Prenatal PrEP Exposure and Perinatal Outcomes Among Kenyan Women

(Not featured at this event, but read about Laurén’s award winning oral presentation at IAS 2023!)

Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection (CROI) (February 2023)
Nicole Ayamanjemi Mbouemboue MPH Student in Global Health and Global WACh Certificate Program Adolescent Pregnancy in Cameroon: A Literature Review
Hilma Nakambale PhD Student in Global Health-Implementation Science Identifying considerations for independence: A qualitative analysis of adolescent perspectives on HIV care seeking
Jerusha Nyabiage PhD Student in Nursing High Acceptability of STI Testing and Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Among Pregnant Kenyan Women Initiating Prep CROI (February 2023)
Tiara Ranson and Priyanka Shrestha MPH Student and PhD Student in Global Health (respectively) Recommendations for Kenyan Community Health Strategy: Identifying potential disparities in access and delivery of SMS-based healthcare modules using the ASPIRE framework DGH LAPIS Symposium (May 2023)
Sonia Rao MPH Student in Global Health and Global WACh Certificate Program Reframing the Association between Family Planning and Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals: Development of a Scoping Review


During the event, Dr. Anjuli Wagner (Assistant Professor, Global Health) and Stephanie Edlund-Cho (Global WACh Program Operations Specialist), who co-lead the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program, expressed well wishes to three graduating students (Erin Ingle, Nicole Ayamanjemi Mbouemboue, Sonia Rao) and acknowledged two additional students graduating in different quarters (Eric Gelfand, MS in Occupational Therapy, Winter graduate; Shruthi Shankar Raman, MS in Laboratory Science graduating in Summer).

The students who participated in the event are among a larger group of brilliant emerging global health researchers and professionals who have received or currently are receiving mentorship and training support at Global WACh. Their service contributes immensely to our mission to make scientific discoveries, cultivate leaders, and bridge disciplines to advance the tightly connected health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children. Congratulations to all!

Sonia Rao (second right)

Nicole Ayamanjemi Mbouemboe (second right)

Jerusha Nyabiage (center)

Hilma Nakambale (center)

(Left to right) Jerusha Nyabiage, Laurén Gómez, Tiara Ranson, and Priyanka Shrestha

(Left to right) Erin Ingle, Sonia Rao, Sarah Hicks, Dr. Anjuli Wagner

Megan Coe (right)

Esther Choo (center)