The AAUW Fund


The Thousand Oaks branch, over its 50+ year existence, has funded three national scholarships:

  1. The Ann Bratmon Career Development Scholarship,
  2. The Marilyn Car-penter Career Development Scholarship and
  3. The Thousand Oaks Branch 30th Anniversary American Fellowship.

2019-2020 Recipients

American Fellow – Jennifer DeClue

Jennifer DeClue, an assistant professor at Smith College, researches the relationship between visual culture and the knowledge produced and circulated about black cis and trans women. Her current book project analyzes short films made by black women filmmakers who, through their engagement with archival documents and avant-garde cinematic techniques, conjure new ways of seeing black women. She argues that these films produce a black feminist avant-garde. Her goal is to complete this book project and attain a publishing contract.

Community Action Grantee – The Arab-American Family Support Center

The Arab-American Family Support Center’s Audacious Young Women of Action! (AYWA!) program encourages immigrant and refugee girls from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian backgrounds in New York City to reach their full potential. This project will integrate college and career coaching, field trips and guest speakers to inspire high-school students with positive images of female achievement, build communication skills and prepare participants for higher education and professional success.

Career Development Grantee – Sabrina Basquez

Sabrina Basquez has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has served vulnerable populations for nearly a decade. Currently pursuing her master’s in social work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Basquez is interested in the concept of “compassion fatigue” in helping fields. Specifically, she is interested in how to treat and advocate for caregivers who work long hours, are exposed to secondary traumatic stress and, as result, are at risk for burnout and PTSD.


International Fellow – Paula Florez Salcedo

Paula Florez Salcedo, a doctoral student at the University of Utah, studies venom from marine cone snails to develop new pharmacological tools and drug leads. Her research uses an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses neurobiology and biochemistry to transform cone snail venom molecules into novel medicine to treat pain. Following her graduate training, Florez Salcedo hopes to use her knowledge and skill to contribute to building a scientific community in Colombia. She is dedicated to serving as a role model and empowering women in STEM.


International Project Grantee – Soracha Thamphiwatana

Soracha Thamphiwatana is a professor at Prince of Songkla University School of Medicine in Thailand. Through her project “An Innovative Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Future Entrepreneurs in Thailand,” she aims to empower women through research, and education. Her goal is to raise their voice in society, reduce the gender gap and increase women leaders. She currently is a member of the Global Young Academy and serves as cochair of Thai Young Scientists Academy.

Research Publication Grantee – Dior Kelley

Dior Kelley is a plant developmental biologist and assistant professor at Iowa State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2000) and her Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California, Davis (2009). Her laboratory has recently characterized proteins regulated by auxin, a fundamental plant hormone, and nutrient signaling in Arabidopsis. Future work will focus on understanding how internal and external cues are integrated during seedling development to influence plant growth, with a particular emphasis on stem-cell maintenance.


Selected Profession Grantee – Salimah Hussien

Salimah Hussien is a first-year master’s degree student in integrated biomedical engineering with business at Drexel University. As part of her degree, she will participate in a co-op program at a medical-device company. Meshing her medical-device interest with community service, she hopes one day to be able to open rehabilitation centers for mobility-disabled communities in developing countries and to create programs that will increase women’s participation in STEM.


To learn more about AAUW’s fellowships and grants and past awardees, visit our fellowships and grants web page, read our Following the Fellows blog and check out our online Fellowships and Grants directory to learn more about the women and organizations from your area.




For questions, contact The AAUW Funds AAUW TO Branch Director