Michelle Franco wins AAUW Fellowship

Michelle Arevalos Franco (MLA I ’15) recently won the American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship. The prize provides $18k to fund Franco’s last year at Harvard and any research or independent projects she takes on during the fellowship year.

This year AAUW provided 244 fellowships and grants to exceptional women and nonprofits to carry on AAUW’s legacy of scholarship, research, and action that empower women and girls in the US and around the world. The Selected Professions Fellowship is given to 21 women across the country in fields traditionally underrepresented by women practitioners.

Established in 1970, the fellowship originally focussed on women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine. It has since expanded to include architecture, information sciences, engineering, and mathematics as the demand for a technologically skilled work force has grown without proportional representation by women.

Learn more about AAUW’s 2014–15 awardees.