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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masters – Sadhvi, Batra, Health Behavior
Doctoral – Matthew Loop, Biostatistics

Masters – Aly Padilla, Epidemiology
Doctoral – Gabriel Tajeu, Health Care Organization and Policy
Bachelor – Aarin Palomares, Undergraduate




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