Global Public Health Students Honored in College Park Scholars Ceremony
Eight Global Public Health students and other School of Public Health majors were honored by the College Park Scholars program for their personal and academic achievements, at a ceremony on October 14.
Megan Chui (Public Health Science), Lily Gates (Elementary Education) and Robin Cagle (Environmental Science and Technology) received Outstanding Achievement Awards for their scholarly attitudes and for their excellence in academics, research and other scholarly activities. Chui has worked in the Motivated Cognition Lab, where she studied the rationale for entering and exiting extremist Neo-Nazi organizations. She has volunteered in a hospital in Peru, and is currently an EMT at Branchville Volunteer Fire Company. Gates is a team leader for America Reads*America Counts, a mentoring program, and volunteers with the Children’s Developmental Clinic, where she helps to provide individualized support for children with developmental delays. Cagle assisted in microbacterial research in Dr. Amy Sapkota’s lab with the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health.
Outstanding Citizenship Awards went to Brittany Brown (Public Health Science) and Gabrielle Giangrasso (Hearing and Speech Sciences) for their significant contributions of time, effort and support to the Scholars community. Brown is a volunteer for Maryland PIRG homeless projects, and has served as a Department of Transportation intern. Giangrasso worked with Maryland’s Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create user-focused solutions to the problem of waste, and serves as a peer mentor for freshmen in the Global Public Health scholars program.
The Internship Runner-Up was Aliyah Silver (Biology) for her poster entitled “Investigating the Greater Impact of the Global Public Health Scholars Program with Respect to the Global Health Workforce.” Silver was one of three undergraduates who traveled in April to San Francisco to present research at the conference organized by the Consortium for Universities in Global Health, of which the UMD School of Public Health is a member.
Christina Sourvinos (Government and Politics) was honored for her project connected to the College Park Scholars annual theme, with her poster entitled “Let’s Go Green: A Student Driven Initiative to Recycle in a Pre-School.”
Jessica Throwe (Public Health Science) received the Katherine McAdams Leadership Award, which honors young women who are effective leaders in the Scholars program during their freshman and sophomore years. Throwe has worked with Iraqi university students and the American University in Iraq to develop a social change project, and has taught English in rural villages in Romania.
The six students are in the Citation Class of 2016.