The Back of the Envelope Awards© were created in 2009 to stimulate and support creativity at the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH).

These awards were originally designed to allow a faculty member the time to explore and develop a hunch, a notion, or an "Ah-ha" moment. For the Spring 2020 cycle, proposals supporting research related to COVID-19 were solicited. Full-time SOPH faculty were invited to apply. Proposals were evaluated for their significance, feasibility, and alignment with the missions of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and Sparkman Center for Global Health. Six proposals were awarded for a total of $50,000. Awardees will present their progress and findings during a public seminar in Spring 2021.

2020 Back of the Envelope Awardees:

  • Eric Ford, PhD, MPH: Comparing Methods of Telehealth Delivery in Chronic Disease
  • Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH: Epidemiologic Assessment of COVID-19 in the LatinX Population of Alabama
  • Robin Lanzi, PhD: COVID-19 and Student Mental Health: A Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study
  • Rouzbeh Nazari, PhD, Maryam Karimi, PhD, Lisa McCormick, DrPH: Developing a Framework for Infectious Disease Transmission and Spread using SARS, MERS and COVID-19 Data
  • Pia Sen, PhD: Unintended Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Pediatric Population: Unmet Health Needs & Emergency Care
  • Ruoyan Sun, PhD: Can Social Media Inform COVID-19 Surveillance: Evidence from Twitter

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