Aja Pelster won an Exceptional Incoming PhD Student Assistantship Award in July and has started her PhD in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in our college. The competition for these UNMC-wide awards was fierce, and we are delighted that Aja was selected as an award recipient. Aja is energetic, dedicated, and intelligent and shows great promise as a future scholar in the field of sexual health. In the course of her MPH, which she recently completed at the UNMC College of Public Health, she exhibited a superior ability to grasp complex ideas, pose critical questions, and provide unique and thoughtful insights. Aja’s insatiable curiosity and dedication to improving the health and well-being of the public will no doubt prove her a valuable addition to the doctoral student body at UNMC.