News Release
  February 7, 2013


Jessica Mikulski


Perelman School of Medicine

This announcement is available online at

Perelman School of Medicine Researcher Honored by the National Science Foundation

PHILADELPHPIA — John B. Jemmott, PhD, professor of Communication in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine and Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, has been selected as one of 60 scholars profiled by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

For over 20 years, Dr. Jemmott has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research developing and testing the efficacy of theory-based culturally appropriate HIV/STD risk-reduction interventions for a variety of populations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa.

The list of the top 60 GRFP fellows selected was compiled in honor of the NSF’s GRFP’s 60th Anniversary. Directorates from across NSF were polled to nominate from among former GRFP recipients – over 46,000 in all named since 1952 – those GRFP recipients who best reflect the diversity and rich history of the programs. Nominations ranged from junior high school teachers to Nobel laureates. The final candidates were selected based on a range of criteria, including gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, geographic location of graduate institutions, and current place of employment. Other honorees on the list include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and University of Chicago President Matthew Zimmer.

For more information, see the Annenberg School for Communication’s news release.


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