2015 Graduate, Dr. Peng Jia’s dissertation titled “Delineating Hospital Service Areas in Florida Based on Patients’ Travel Patterns” has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 PhD-level Jaques May Thesis Prize, The Jacques May Thesis prize will be awarded at a Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group meeting in San Francisco during the AAG conference.
“I completed my Ph.D. study in Health Geography under the supervision of Dr. Fahui Wang in 2015. Since my entry to the department in 2012, I have been generously supported by teaching assistantship, conference travel funds, West and Russell Research Award, Dissertation Year Fellowship, tons of crawfish, and kegs of oh my Abita. I feel deeply blessed to have a chance to be part of this lovely community, filling me with confidence, courage, and enthusiasm for life, and landing me onto the next career stage. In this coming summer (2016), I will start an assistant professor appointment in the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Netherlands, where I will co-lead to establish a new MSc geo-health program. I wish all the best to my friends in the department, and I look forward to coming across you again anywhere on our journey.” – Peng