The Outstanding Masters and Doctoral Student Awards

Every year the School of Public Health selects one graduating Master’s student and one graduating Doctoral student to receive Outstanding Student awards. Selections are made by the Admissions and Graduation Committee (A&G)  from nominations made by faculty members.

Who: Students completing degrees in the current academic term (fall and spring) and previous summer term.

We will consider any student from any School of Public Health degree program who will graduate in the Fall and Spring semester of the current academic year, or who have graduated in the past summer term.

By the criteria of the School of Public Health, outstanding students excel in scholarship, leadership, contribution to the research literature in public health, community service and/or overall contribution to the field of public health and to the School of Public Health. Excellence in more than one of these areas is highly valued. We evaluate students on the basis of their accomplishments while they are students at the School of Public Health.

How: Nominations for Outstanding Student are submitted by faculty members only

Faculty should use the following listing as a format for their letter.

  1. Scholarship, i.e., GPA and any scholastic awards received;
  2. Leadership (provide examples);
  3. Publications and/or contributions to the literature;
  4. Community service; and
  5. Overall contributions to the field of public health and to UAB School of Public Health.

A resume from the student should also be included in nomination package. All nomination packages will be reviewed by A&G along with student transcripts.

When and Where: Awards will be announced at the Spring Convocations Services.

 

Outstanding Student Award Winners:

2003
Masters – Yoko Kawamura, Health Behavior
Doctoral – Lucy Annang, Health Behavior

2004
Masters – Maziar Abdolrasulnia, Health Care Organization & Policy
Doctoral – Isis Mikhail, Epidemiology/International Health

2005
Masters – Lesley Magnussen, Epidemiology/International Health
Doctoral – Muktar Aliyu, Epidemiology/International Health

2006
Masters – Janeen Burlison, Maternal & Child Health
Doctoral – Hongqiao Zhang, Environmental Health Sciences

2007
Masters – Rozalyn Farmer-Love, Maternal & Child Health
Doctoral – Chengbin Wang, Epidemiology

2008
Masters – Melinda Merrell, Health Behavior
Doctoral – Naveed Janjua Zafar, Epidemiology

2009
Masters – John Bentley, Biostatistics
Doctoral – Isabel Garces, Maternal & Child Health

2010
Masters – Naomi Chen, Health Behavior
Doctoral – Faisal M. Shuaib, Epidemiology/International Health

2011
Masters – Taylor Poston, Environmental Health Sciences
Doctoral – Adrienne King, Environmental Health Sciences

2012
Masters – Divvy Upadhyay,
Health Care Organization & Policy
Doctoral – Valerie Yeager, Health Care Organization & Policy

2013
Masters – Molly Bernhard, Environmental Health Sciences
Doctoral – Emily Vogtmann, Epidemiology

2014
Masters – Samantha Connell, Environmental Health Sciences
Doctoral – Evan Floyd, Environmental Health Sciences