Doctoral student Qingyi Li awarded Rotary scholarship

Jan. 26, 2017

Qingyi Li, a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work, has been award a $3,500 Spain Hickman Scholarship from the Rotary International Club of Tuscaloosa.

Each year the the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa awards scholarships to UA students for participation in study abroad or activities that align with the mission of Rotary. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The scholarship is awarded to UA international students who are graduate students or students in their junior or senior year at UA. Students must have a minimum 3.5 G.P.A. Li was recommended for the scholarship by her faculty mentors: Brenda Smith, associate professor of social work and director of the Ph.D. program, and Tyrone Cheng, professor of social work.

Li plans to use her scholarship to continue pursuing her research interests. Her research focuses on assessing the risk factors for children who are abused, and exploring the link between abuse, maltreatment and criminal offenses.

She hopes to use her research to examine the changes in the risk of recidivism for children who are delinquents and who receive cognitive behavior therapy to identify an effective method for managing future risks of recidivism in children.

After she graduates from UA, Li plans to become a social work professor and return to China, where effective measures for assessing the risks of recidivism in juvenile delinquents are rare.

“I am eager to change this situation,” Li said. “I want to create a venue for imparting such useful measures to social workers and eventually leave my mark in the area of social work in China.”

Li earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and master’s in social work from China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing.