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Winners Announced for the 2020 Nashman Prize for CBPR

The Nashman Prize for Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is awarded annually at the GW Research Showcase. CBPR is an approach to research that involves community organizations and/or residents in the research process, with the aim of making a positive, sustainable  contribution to the community. We are happy to announce the winners for 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the GW Research Showcase was canceled this semester. However, consideration for the Nashman Prize for CBPR continued for students who were willing to submit a video presentation about their research project. Six presentations were submitted and reviewed during the virtual Nashman Center’s Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship, which can be viewed here. Projects this year addressed diabetes, documented the national service movement, involved local residents and churches in providing a health-related help desk, examined opioid use, provided education on nutrition, and an analysis of informal local road networks.

Many thanks to the Nashman Center Affiliate Faculty who reviewed presentations and helped select the winners.

First prize ($300)

The Road Not Taken: Geographic Analysis of Informal Road Networks in Siberia


Jacob Tafrate and Elizabeth Szafranski, undergraduates in the Geography Dept.

Advised by Kelsey Nyland

"Research questions addressed in this project were informed by interviews conducted in 2019 with Evenk hunters and leaders from several communities within the study area. The map products presented here will also be shared with those same communities when the faculty project advisors return to the study area in July, 2020."

A Tie for Second Prize ($200 will be awarded to each team)

Providing Nutrition Education to Low-Income Families in Washington D.C. Ward 7 and 8: Process Evaluation of Nutrition To GO! with Martha’s Table Joyful Markets’ Customers

Jillian Morgan, Nikita Vivek, and Errianna Brown, undergraduates in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Advised by Karina Lora

"A key component to addressing the social issue in this project is to develop sustainable and long-term solutions to the lack of nutrition education programs for Martha’s Table customers..... The present project proposes a systematic four step-process in which the pilot testing of the lessons will inform a second delivery of the Nutrition To Go! lessons in the fall 2020. The second delivery of the lessons will be in conjunction with Martha’s Table staff who will be trained in Nutrition To Go!. Trained Martha’s Table staff will in turn train their volunteers in the curriculum to ensure sustainability of the nutrition education lesson to the Joyful Markets customers. This project also aims to build a strong partnership with Martha’s Table, pursue other projects with them, and be an advocate for my peers to be involved in nutrition education lessons. Our partnership with Martha’s Table will facilitate students service at this organization."

Investigating D.C. Opioid Use Disorder Demographics and Co-Occurrences in Inpatient and Outpatient Electronic Health Records

Benjamin Turley and Sam Gritz, undergraduates in Neuroscience/Psychology and Brain Sciences

Advised by Tonya Dodge

"In this project, the researchers partnered with D.C. medical providers and opioid care organizations in order to share resources and develop a comprehensive model of the urban opioid use disorder population."


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