CARTA fellow wins 0.7 million Kenya shillings grant from NACOSTI

SAM_2887Providence Jepchirchir Kiptoo, a cohort 3 CARTA fellow, has been awarded a research grant of seven hundred thousand Kenya shillings by the Kenyan-based National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) towards her PhD research proposal. Providence is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the Department of Environmental Health, Moi University, Kenya. Her research project is titled “Assessment of Pre and Post-natal Atrazine exposure to male babies aged 0-24 months born of mothers living in Uasin – Gishu County, Western Kenya”.
Her supervisors, Professors Peter Maina Gatongi and Odipo Osano who are based at Moi University spoke highly of the research work that Providence is doing and it’s potential to influence health policy both at County and National government. Professor Gatongi, a participant at CARTA’s Research Supervisor Training held in 2013 indicated that such trainings promote the capacity of university’s academic and research faculty to supervise, train and mentor graduate students to enable them win research grants, conduct high-quality research, and manage collaborative research projects.
Professor Sharon Fonn who heads the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health congratulated Providence on winning this award and commented: “Do you believe that being part of CARTA has anything to do with your winning this award? Well done Providence”.

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa(CARTA) focuses on reforming higher education in Africa by helping universities develop exciting environments for academic and research pursuits and supporting promising African scholars at affiliated universities to obtain high-quality doctoral training in public and population health-related fields. Through its innovative series of residential Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes), the program enhances fellows’ skills and knowledge, guide them through the research process, and provide them with a foundation for building networks of researchers, peers, and mentors.  Providence is schedule to attend CARTA’s JAS 3 in August 2016. The JAS will help Providence sharpen her writing skills, work on her final thesis as well as prepare journal articles arising from her work.

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