The University of Texas at Austin Co-op generously sponsors research awards each year including the Best Research Paper Award. The awards are administered by The University of Texas at Austin Office of the Vice President of Research. The Best Research Paper Award is given to a nominee who was the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research that was published during the calendar year in recognized research outlets in his or her field of study.
CHASP faculty fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs policy professor Abigail Aiken, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. received the Best Research Paper Award 2016-2017 for her highly recognized paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Requests for Abortion in Latin America Related to Concern about Zika Virus Exposure.
Dr. Aiken’s research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health. Her current projects include: examining women’s experiences obtaining self-sourced abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and postabortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework. Dr. Aiken received her M.D. from the University of Cambridge, M.P.H. from Harvard, and Ph.D. in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Austin.
The University Co-op award ceremony was October 18, 2017.
View past recipients of Best Research Paper Award.