Congratulations to Michelle Cardel for winning the Oustanding Woman Graduate Student for 2011.
Michelle is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in Nutrition Sciences who is studying to become a registered dietician. Michelle has been active in recruiting post-docs and faculty to UAB from her home country, Puerto Rico. She has worked with a hospice service and inner-city children. She also regularly volunteers to provide and serve meals to the homeless in the Firehouse Shelter and raised money for the Norm Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Michelle has made numerous mission trips to Honduras and Jamaica, and her work with inner-city children with the Urban Farms Seed to Plate project in Birmingham gave her a firsthand look at the serious and pervasive condition of malnutrition or poor nutrition in these communities. Michelle has worked hard to educate women and children about how to choose and prepare nutritious foods, even when selections are limited.
The UAB Women Center and Women's Studies program present the awards annually during Women's History Month to honor female members of the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance or overcome adversity.
Candidates for the award are nominated by Birmingham residents and selected by a committee of university women.