Melissa Sloan was completely surprised upon winning the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award two weeks ago.
“I was trying to get work done when Ashley Ehrman (Assistant Director of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy) called to tell me I won,” Sloan told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “The other award winners were notified the previous week, so I assumed I hadn’t received the award. I was very surprised.”
The award, which comes with a $5,000 grant, recognizes research on women’s issues as well as scholarly discipline and overall contribution to the university.
Sloan’s work has gained national notoriety, having been referenced by Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio. In fact, her writings are required reading at some graduate programs. She also oversees the campus Honors program and mentors undergraduates.
As of now, Sloan has plans to use the grand to fund a study of the emotional impact of infertility on women. Annually, about 7.4 million women in the U.S. deal with infertility issues, she said.
Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune