Smith Greenaway honored with Kopp International Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Emily Smith Greenaway, a dual-degree doctoral candidate in sociology and demography in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been awarded the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award. Smith Greenaway is honored as the graduate recipient.

The award recognizes graduate students who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named in honor of the late deputy vice president for international programs.

Smith Greenaway began her commitment to international service as an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech through Project Esperanza, a nonprofit organization that serves the Haitian immigrant community in the Dominican Republic. She has continued her involvement in global service as a Penn State graduate student through teaching, field work and scholarly collaborations with Penn State and international researchers. Her research interests focus almost exclusively on international education and health issues, with a particular interest in Africa, although her work extends from from Peru to South Africa.

Her major research emphasis addresses the pathways that explain the relationships between education and health, and her doctoral dissertation focuses on the relationships between education and maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been published four times as a graduate student, one as co-author of an article accepted in one of the top journals in her field, Population and Development Review. She has three manuscripts under review for publication, all as the sole or lead author.

Also a community volunteer, Smith Greenaway is an English language mentor to non-native speakers through the State College Area School District Adult Basic and Literacy Education program.

“Emily has a long history of working to improve communities, whether they be her own or communities in the developing world. This drive is what makes her both an exceptional scholar and individual,” one nominator wrote.

Last Updated March 13, 2012