Jianing Li, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student, is the 2016 recipient of Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
Zonta International annually awards 35 fellowships of $10,000 each to outstanding women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. “Zonta believes young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of STEM-related careers,” said Zonta Club of Cincinnati president Pat Jude. “We are thrilled to have an Amelia Earhart Fellow from our area.”
Born in China, Jianing Li received a bachelor’s degree in thermal energy from East China University of Science and Technology before obtaining a master’s in mechanical engineering from Nagoya University.
Although the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is just one of several scholarships Li has received for outstanding academics, the process was no simple feat. As someone who knows the difficulty of winning such an award, former recipient and Cincinnati Zonta member Dr. Awatef Hamed encouraged Li to apply.
Named for aviator and Zontian Amelia Earhart, the fellowship was founded to help carry out Zonta International’s mission that women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men.