Mary Beth Bird, from Lexington, Va., received her bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical engineering from VCU in 2010. During her time at VCU she was a member of the Honors College and a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. After graduating from VCU, she received her master’s of science degree in medical anthropology from the University of Oxford and spent two years as a Peace Corp volunteer teaching high school in Lesotho. With her Fulbright grant, Bird will return to Lesotho to conduct anthropological research examining experiences of maternity in the remote highlands of northern Lesotho, in collaboration with the National University of Lesotho and the Botha-Bothe District Health Management Team. Her research will focus specifically on Basotho women’s selective utilization of prenatal care and perceived experiences of female disempowerment in the context of prenatal HIV screening. After completing her Fulbright grant, Bird will pursue an MD/PhD in medical anthropology, and begin a career in academic medicine and global women’s health.
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