A female black student working in a lab. Every year the UAB School of Public Health has the opportunity to select one graduating undergraduate, MPH, MS, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD student to receive Outstanding Student awards. Based on nominations made by faculty members, selections are made by the Admissions & Graduation Committee.

Eligibility and Nomination Process

Students from any School of Public Health degree program who will graduate in the Fall and Spring semester of the current academic year, or who graduated in the previous summer semester.

Nominations for Outstanding Student are submitted by SOPH faculty members. Faculty should use the following listing as a format for their letter:

Awards are announced each year at the Spring Graduation Celebration.

  • Scholarship, i.e., GPA and any scholastic awards received
  • Leadership (provide examples)
  • Publications and/or contributions to the literature
  • Community service
  • 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.

Recipients

2016-2021

2021

  • Undergraduate: Lindsey Ferraro
  • MPH: Joseph (Ryan) Buckman
  • DrPH: Anna Helova
  • PhD: Karen Musgrove

2020

  • Undergraduate: Ashlyn Murrell
  • MPH: Haley Greene, Epidemiology
  • MS: Andrew Sims, Biosatistics
  • MSPH: Nora Balas, Applied Epidemiology
  • PhD: Anastasia Hartzes, Biosatistics

2019

  • Undergraduate: Jared Sluss
  • MPH: Brenna Hogan, Environmental Health Sciences/Industrial Hygiene
  • MSPH: Calvin Colvin, Applied Epidemiology
  • DrPH: Monica Aswani, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • PhD: Sherri Davidson, Epidemiology

2018

  • Undergraduate: Angela Monahan
  • Masters: Matthew Moore, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • Doctoral: John Booth III, Epidemiology

2017

  • Undergraduate: Elissa Finney
  • Masters: Katherine Hymel, Health Behavior
  • Doctoral: Lisandro Colantonio, Epidemiology

2016

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

2011-2015

2015

  • Masters: Sadhvi Batra, Health Behavior
  • Doctoral: Matthew Loop, Biostatistics

2014

  • Masters: Samantha Connell, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Doctoral: Evan Floyd, Environmental Health Sciences

2013

  • Masters: Molly Bernhard, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Doctoral: Emily Vogtmann, Epidemiology

2012

  • Masters: Divvy Upadhyay, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • Doctoral: Valerie Yeager, Health Care Organization and Policy

2011

  • Masters: Taylor Poston, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Doctoral: Adrienne King, Environmental Health Sciences

2006-2010

2010

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

2009

  • Masters: John Bentley, Biostatistics
  • Doctoral: Isabel Garces, Maternal and Child Health

2008

  • Masters: Melinda Merrell, Health Behavior
  • Doctoral: Naveed Janjua Zafar, Epidemiology

2007

  • Masters: Rozalyn Farmer-Love, Maternal and Child Health
  • Doctoral: Chengbin Wang, Epidemiology

2006

  • Masters: Janeen Burlison, Maternal and Child Health
  • Doctoral: Hongqiao Zhang, Environmental Health Sciences

2003-2005

2005

  • Masters: Lesley Magnussen, Epidemiology/International Health
  • Doctoral: Muktar Aliyu, Epidemiology/International Health

2004

  • Masters: Maziar Abdolrasulnia, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • Doctoral: Isis Mikhail, Epidemiology/International Health

2003

  • Masters: Yoko Kawamura, Health Behavior
  • Doctoral: Lucy Annang, Health Behavior