Student Opportunities

Awards and Descriptions

2014 Award Opportunities


Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Award Amount $1,000

Eligible Candidates
Eligible candidates are University of Nebraska faculty members, public health professionals, or volunteers related to public health who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to improving public health.  Individuals may receive the award only once.

Selection Criteria
The award shall recognize outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  The selection criteria address the degree to which an individual demonstrates excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promotion health through public health education, research, and/or practice.

Past recipients of this distinguished award are:

2005 - Ian Newman, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2010 - Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., OneWorld Community Health Center, Omaha
2006 - Phil Smith, M.D., UNMC 2011 - Mary Balluff, director of Community Health Services, Douglas County Health Department
2007 - Magda Peck, Sc.D., UNMC 2012 - Joann Schaefer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
2008 - David Palm, Ph.D., Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services 2013 -The Honorable John J. Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures
2009 - Susanna Von Essen, M.D., UNMC  

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Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Pre-professional Student Scholarship in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Award Amount $1,000

Eligible candidates
Eligible candidates are regularly-enrolled University of Nebraska undergraduate students(Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha) in good academic standing who are majoring in a field related to health promotion and disease prevention. Majors may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate health professions, community health education, nutrition, psychology, biology, and exercise physiology.  Candidates shall have expressed an interest in a career addressing health promotion and disease prevention, and insight into and understanding of careers related to health promotion and disease prevention.  The career plan may focus on education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  Scholarship funds shall be applied toward tuition and fees in the subsequent academic year.

Selection Criteria
The selection criteria address the degree to which the undergraduate student demonstrates academic excellence, an interest in a career addressing health promotion and disease prevention, and insight into and understanding of careers related to health promotion and disease prevention, based upon the student’s statement of career plan and related experience.  The career plan may focus on education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.

Agreement to Submit Report
Upon completion of the scholarship year, the recipient shall submit a brief report (less than five pages), to the COPH Dean describing her/his experience during the year and the impact of the scholarship on academic and career plans.

Past recipients of this award are:

2008 Alexandra Moustakes 2011 Calista Kirby
2009 Stephen Krumland 2012 Hollan Pile
2010 Caryn Vincent 2013 Dylan Zaner

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Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Public Health Research Student Award

Award Amount $1,000

Eligible Candidates
Eligible candidates are full time UNMC College of Public Health students in good academic standing who are enrolled in master’s or doctorate programs and have defined a public health research project. 

Selection Criteria
The selection criteria address the degree to which the student’s defined research project demonstrates disease prevention and health promotion through public health education, research, and/or practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  Funds shall be used for research support and research-related activities and expenses necessary to execute the defined public health research project.

Past recipients of this award are:

2007 Valeriya Kettelhut 2011 Diane Sylofski
2008 Adrianne (Wemmert) Marinkovich 2012 Austin Person
2009 Christopher Brown 2013 Soumitra Bhuyan
2010 Ellen Duysen  

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Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Scholarship in Public Health

Award Amount $1,000

Eligible Candidates
Eligible candidates are regularly-enrolled, degree-seeking UNMC COPH students in good academic standing.  Scholarship funds shall be applied toward tuition and fees in the subsequent academic year.

Selection Criteria
The selection criteria address the student’s career goals, potential for contributions to the field of public health, and views of public health challenges and how leadership in public health may meet those challenges.

Specific selection criteria are:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Clarity of public health career plans
  • Understanding of the future public health challenges in the U.S. and globally
  • Creative ideas for addressing future public health challenges in the U.S. and globally


Past recipients of this award are:

2007
Jason Kerkman
2011
Laura Hansen
Janelle Jacobson
Anh Nguyen
Lava Tinsina
2008
Ben Davy
Amy Kebriaei
Mona Sorouri
Adrianne Wemmert
Jasmine Williams
2012
Betty Appiah Apenteng
Maha M. Farid, MS
Leah M. Frerichs, MS
Tao Li, MD
Veenu Minhas, PhD
2009
Chris Brown
Mona Sorouri
Kara Gehring
Lava Raj Timsina
Aja Kneip
2013
Soumitra Bhuyan
Guangming Han
Janelle Jacobson
Xiaqing Jiang
Veenu Minhas
Muna Sapkota
Raees Shaikh
2010
Chris Brown
Marueen Gatere
Tao li, MD
Derry Stover
Lava Timisina
 

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Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Faculty Prize in Public Health

Award Amount $2,500

Eligible Candidates
Eligible candidates are UNMC College of Public Health governing faculty members at the rank of assistant or associate professor who have shown promise in research and service.  Preference shall be given to faculty who have developed partnerships or conducted research impacting tribal communities.  A student or faculty member may nominate eligible faculty for this award.  Please note the prize may constitute taxable income to recipient.

Selection Criteria
The selection criteria address the degree to which the candidate’s work increases public health awareness and raises the level of interest in public health careers among students.

Past recipients of this award are:

2012 Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD 2013 Chandran Achutan, PhD

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Excellence in Teaching Award

Award Amount $3,500

Eligible Candidates
A student or faculty member may nominate a UNMC College of Public Health governing faculty member for excellence in teaching. The award will be considered for excellence in teaching, including classroom instruction, innovation in teaching methods, advising, and other activities that have promoted and expanded the students’ learning experience.

Selection Criteria
The Committee will evaluate the applicants using criteria for teaching outlined in the COPH Promotion and Tenure guidelines as well as the following:

1. Facilitation of student learning
2. Use of creative teaching methods
3. Command of the subject
4. Creation of learning environment in and outside class
5. Contributions to curriculum and instructions (development of course materials, participation in departmental, COPH and/or campus curriculum development)
6. Direction of student research
7. Advising
8. Guidance and supervision of graduate student instructors

Special Selection Criteria
Faculty members that have won a teaching award will only be eligible for another award after 5 years. In addition to the award, a plaque with the faculty’s name will be placed outside the COPH Dean’s office.

Past recipients of this award are:

2010 Eleanor Rogan, PhD 2012 Shawn Gibbs, PhD
2010 Alice Schumaker, PhD 2013 Kendra Schmid, PhD
2011 Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD  

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Faculty Research Award

Award Amount $2,000

Eligible Candidates
Current Governing Faculty members of College of Public Health who have an active research program are eligible for nomination. The research award is for an individual and not for a team of researchers.

Selection Criteria

  • Research program has been advanced while a member of the Governing Faculty in the College of Public Health (COPH)
  • Research contributes to the advancement of public health science and practice
  • Researcher has published research in refereed journals
  • Researcher has received intramural or extramural funding
  • Research has been presented at regional, national, and/or international conferences

Special Selection Criteria

Faculty members that have received this award are not eligible to receive award again.

Full Professors and faculty members who have received UNMC Distinguished Scientist or Scientist Laureate Award are also excluded.

Past Recipients

2012 Mohammad Siahpush, PhD 2013 Gleb Haynatzki, PhD, DSc

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