February 27, 2017

Giving Day is the largest single day of giving for the University of Maryland and a huge opportunity to support our Public Health Terps in need!

On March 8, 2017, the School of Public Health will be competing with 23 other units on campus for matching funds to provide as many public health students as possible with a wide range of programs and scholarships. For the 24 hours from midnight March 8 until midnight March 9, visit go.umd.edu/gdph to donate directly to School of Public Health scholarship funds. Once you make your donation, tweet about using #GivingDayUMD! You can help SPH match funds  by participating in these special Giving Day events and challenges!

On last year's Giving Day, the SPH received a total of $9,128 in gifts. Here are some of the students who benefitted from generous donors:

Christina MemmottPublic Health Science '16

Memmott was awarded a scholarship from SPH that allowed her to complete a capstone thesis for her class finish her final semester at SPH. Since graduating, she was hired as a paid intern for Population Services International, where she will be working on HIV prevention, maternal health, family planning and gender violence in Latin America.

"A scholarship from the SPH allowed me to focus on writing my capstone thesis, create a poster for Bioscience Research Day, and foster strong relationships with SPH faculty, who provided exceptional support and mentorship along the way."


David AmiciKinesiology '16

Amici's scholarship  allowed him to spend more time researching Inclusion-Body Myositis (IBM) and studying the effects on statin drugs on the body and less time working as a medical scribe to pay for his student expenses.  Since graduating, Amici was hired at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he is continuing his research on the microbiology of muscle disease.

"My SPH scholarship gave me the financial freedom to spend less time at my job and more time in the lab and library, helping me to finish my honors thesis and successfully apply to medical school."


Theresa Hauge, Kinesiology '16

Hauge was awarded a Wrenn Scholarship that funded her study abroad program in New Zealand in spring 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Cognitive Motor Neuroscience under Dr. Rodolphe Gentili. Her research interests include human motor control and learning, and how these principles can be applied to humanoid robotic systems to enhance human-robot team dynamics. She is currently working with UMD computer science faculty on a joint research project funded by a grant from the Office of Novel Research (ONR) that studies imitation learning robotics.

"The Wrenn Scholarship helped me to earn my Kinesiology degree on time and take advantage of a unique study abroad experience in my final semester, focused on sports and culture in the marketplace."


Robin Bloodworth, Health Services Administration Ph.D. candidate

Robin Bloodworth is a fifth year doctoral candidate who received a Laura B. Wilson Service Award from the Department of Health Services Administration, two travel grants from the University of Maryland Graduate School and a SPH Dean's Fellowship. Bloodworth’s research focuses on the impact of the preventive services offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how these services benefit vulnerable populations in the U.S. 

"The HLSA leadership award and the dean's fellowship helped cover my tuition. There were instrumental in helping me to devote more time on personal research, rather than working extra houes in a job to support myself."



Lourdes Celius, Behavioral and Community Health '16

Lourdes Celius, the School of Public Health's student speaker for Fall 2016 commencement, was awarded a Jerry P. Wrenn scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements. During her time at SPH she served as a peer leader and collaborated with faculty, staff and students from the Center of Academic Success and Achievement (CASA). She was part of School for Smiles, where she taught proper dental practices to young children.  A Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship allowed her to study abroad in Thailand.




We appreciate your support on March 8, 2017 for School of Public Health people and programs! Together we can fearlessly promote health for all!


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