By AAUW CT Shoreline Branch Press Release â¢ 07/15/2021 04:00 EST
The CT Shoreline branch of AAUW (formerly American Association of University Women) awards a grant of $ 2,000 to a young woman who has completed 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university. Eligibility is also balanced based on the candidate’s accomplishments, service and leadership experiences, and financial needs. This year, the Shoreline Branch awarded a second prize in the amount of $ 1,500.
Among a group of several highly qualified women, Sarah Platt of Madison was unanimously chosen as the recipient of the $ 2,000 AAUW CT Shoreline Branch Fellowship. Elaina Griffiths of Guilford was unanimously selected as the recipient of the $ 1,500 award.
A graduate of The Country School and Choate Rosemary Hall, Platt is a senior student in the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a BS in Biological Sciences and a Minor in French with the goal of attending medical school in 2023. During While at UConn, Platt devoted much of her time to leadership, mentoring and volunteering, as president of UConn’s French club, as a ground mentor for her WiMSE (Women in Math, Science , and Engineering), biochemistry tutor and volunteer at Windham Hospital, among other roles. Last summer, she created the intergenerational edible gardening program “Sow, Grow, Savor” with the support of a UConn IDEA grant. Her program’s mission is to bridge generational gaps and promote the long-term community health of Madison residents and she looks forward to continuing to grow the program this summer. She is currently leading a summer undergraduate research fund project for her honors thesis at UConn Health, studying a protein from the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, and volunteering for the UConn Health Leaders program. Platt is an avid runner and reader, and enjoys fishing the Strait and the Hammonassett in her spare time.