Doctoral Nursing Student Awarded Distinguished March of Dimes Scholarship

Laura Manns-James, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Nursing at Kent State University, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the March of Dimes.

The scholarship was one of four awarded to exceptional graduate nursing students specializing in maternal-child nursing.

For her dissertation, Manns-James is studying the association between racial discrimination and obesity in young African-American women. She is also investigating whether a positive racial identity influences that association.

“Laura’s research is a significant contribution to the growing body of knowledge on the connection between racial discrimination and perinatal health,” said Dr. Mary Anthony, her Ph.D. advisor. “I think that she will be considered a leader in her field once she has finished her study.”

The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.