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Andrew Corley

Andrew Corley is the recipient of the Henry B. Spencer Scholarship. Andrew received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business at Texas Tech University. Soon after graduation Mr. Corley served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa. While a volunteer, he dedicated himself to projects related to microfinance, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, and gender equality and empowerment. These experiences had such a deep and lasting impact on him that upon his return to the United States he decided to return to school for nursing.

Andrew excelled academically while earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and was named on several occasions to the dean’s list. His lasting interest in public health motivated him to further advance his studies and to earn a joint Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (MSN/MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins University Schools of Nursing and Public Health. His academic success during the course of this degree earned him the honor of being invited to join the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. While earning his MSN/MPH degree Andrew worked full-time as a bedside nurse in Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He was also selected and trained to serve as a nurse in the hospital’s Bio-containment Unit, a newly created unit designed to care for the unique needs of patients suffering from highly contagious and virulent infections. All during this time he continued to assist faculty in the School of Nursing with their research programs as well as publish his own independently performed literature reviews and research results in high-impact scientific journals.

Most recently, in order to further acquire the skills necessary to become a successful nurse-scientist in austere global health contexts, Andrew matriculated into Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s PhD in Nursing program. His dissertation research involves analyzing parents’ endorsed gender norms and their associations with their adolescents’ health and wellbeing in those families living in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. This work is significant for its contribution to our understanding of how inequitable gender norms affect the health of adolescents living in protracted humanitarian settings. After finishing his doctoral research, Andrew hopes to work as nurse faculty at a research-intensive school of nursing or as a researcher at an international health organization, conducting research global adolescent health research.

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