Billiot Named One of Twenty Scientists Awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Academies’ Gulf Research Program

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced the recipients of its 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships. Now in its fifth year, the fellowship program supports the development of emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience, and offshore energy system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions.

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship helps early-career researchers during the critical pre-tenure phase of their careers. Fellows are provided with a $76,000 financial award along with mentoring support to help them navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. The support allows them to take risks on research ideas, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems.

The fellowships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate a strong scientific or technical background, superior scholarship, effective communication skills, and an ability to work across disciplines, among other attributes. Nearly 70 Early-Career Fellowships have been awarded since 2015.

Dr. Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation) is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. Prior to assuming this role, she was a pre-doctoral Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellow at Yale University. She earned a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a master’s of social work from the University of Michigan and both B.A. and B.S. degrees from Louisiana State University. Her research explores the intersection of health, environment, and culture among Indigenous peoples and is informed by post-graduate practice experience in disaster recovery community development and national policy analysis. Her current research uses mixed methods to explore Indigenous-specific sensitivities to global environmental change exposure and pathways to health outcomes within vulnerable Indigenous populations with the goal to develop mitigation and adaptation activities and inform communities, policymakers, and researchers.

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