CPH Board of Advisors Student Award

The CPH Board of Advisors Student Award recognizes two College of Public Health students, one academic student and one professional student, whose research or practice experience as a student in the College demonstrates commitment to one or more of the College’s Collective Areas of Excellence (see below).  The award recipients will be presented with $1000 and a plaque at the April 18, 2017 Board meeting.  The recipient will be asked to give a PowerPoint presentation about their experience to the Board during this meeting.

Collective Areas of Excellence

  • Community Engagement: Building partnerships to improve and sustain public health.
  • Comparative Effectiveness: Using research to identify the most effective public health approaches.
  • Rural Health: Increasing the quality of life for rural people and communities in Iowa, the US, and the world.

Application Material

Download a fillable PDF application form

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form including a letter of support.
  • A brief (300-500 word) essay about a research or practice experience as a College of Public Health student that highlights a practical application of one or more Collective Areas of Excellence.
  • Application due March 20, 2017, no later than 4 p.m. to Lauren Watt.

Application Assessment

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of 3-5 members of the CPH Board of Advisors.  Essays will be assessed with regard to 1) overall writing quality, including clarity, conciseness, and organization; 2) synthesis of academic and practical experiences; 3) relevance to one or more Collective Areas of Excellence;  4) a letter of support.

Please contact Lauren Watt with questions about the application.

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2016 Recipients

Laurel Tuggle (MPH student in Community and Behavioral Health)
Jessica Ferdig (MPH student in Community and Behavioral Health)
Nabil Natafgi (MPH student in Health Management and Policy)

2015 Recipients

Rajeshwari Nair (PhD student in Epidemiology)
Morgan Price (MS student in Epidemiology)
George Pro (PhD student in Community and Behavioral Health)

2014 Recipients

Elizabeth Swanton (MPH student in Community and Behavioral Health)
Maisha Frederick (PhD student in Epidemiology)
Leah Wentworth (PhD student in Occupational and Environmental Health)


Questions or comments? Contact Lauren Watt. This page was last reviewed on March 9, 2017.