Jemmott Honored by the National Science Foundation

Professor John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D. has been selected as one of 60 scholars profiled by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

According to the GRFP, “For over 20 years, John B. Jemmott III has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research developing and testing the efficacy of theory-based culturally appropriate HIV/STD risk-reduction interventions for a variety of populations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects are focused on African American men, adolescents, and HIV serodiscordant couples in Philadelphia, men and adolescents in South Africa, and adolescents in Botswana. His research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and the Archives of Internal Medicine. Several of the efficacious HIV risk-reduction interventions developed by Jemmott and his colleagues have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Adolescent Health for dissemination, including ‘Be Proud! Be Responsible!’, ‘Making Proud Choices,’ ‘Promoting Health Among Teens,’ ‘Sister to Sister,’ and ‘Cuidate,’ and are being used by schools, community-based organizations, and health clinics.”

The list of the top 60 GRFP fellows selected was compiled in honor of the NSF’s GRFP’s 60th Anniversary. Directorates from across NSF were polled to nominate from among former GRFP recipients – over 46,000 in all named since 1952 – those GRFP recipients who best reflect the diversity and rich history of the programs. Nominations ranged from junior high school teachers to Nobel laureates. The final 60 names were selected based on a range of criteria, including gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, geographic location of graduate institutions, and current place of employment.

Jemmott is the only Penn faculty member on the list of the 60 fellows profiled. Other honorees on the list include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and University of Chicago President Matthew Zimmer.