Awards & Recognition

L.A.B. Award Winners – Spring 2024

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the Department of OB/GYN’s Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey (L.A.B.) Award named in honor of Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey—the enslaved women whose sacrifice, without consent, nearly 200 years ago allows surgical repair for women with vesicovaginal fistulas today.

Brittani Steinberg, MD
Project: “Cervical Cancer Screening Preferences in Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Diverse Patients”

Mentor: Jennifer Reeves, MD, MPH

Shweta Bhagwat, PhD

Project: Investigating the impact of vaginal fluid containing bacterial products from females with Bacterial Vaginosis on sperm function

Mentor: Celia Santi MD, PhD

Next application cycle: Fall 2024

Inquiry to DCR ( August 23rd  
Intent to Submit: October 4th
Application: October 14th
Decisions Announced: Mid-November

Read more about the application process.

If you have any questions or are interested in serving as a reviewer for a future L.A.B. Award Study Section (excellent way to improve your own grant writing skills; trainee participation encouraged), please contact Rachel Paul (Research Specialist: