May 15 2017

And the Award Goes To…

Thirty-four members of the Class of 2017 are honored with awards recognizing their unique achievements.

They go the extra mile to help classmates understand difficult concepts; they bring new insights to investigate and address today’s most pressing public health challenges; they build community on campus and in the field. In all, 34 members of the graduating class are being recognized with awards for outstanding achievements.

At a morning awards ceremony, Deans Julie Kornfeld and Marlyn Delva presented Divya Devli Shroff, MHA in Health Policy and Management, with the Campbell Award for “exceptional leadership and Columbia Spirit” and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and Ashley Brianna Gripper, MPH in Epidemiology, with the Bernard Challenor Spirit Prize for “commitment to building community across department boundaries.” Department chairs presented an additional 39 awards in 24 categories.

“These awards honor the many ways the Class of 2017 have excelled as students, scholars, and leaders of the Mailman School community,” says Julie Kornfeld, Vice Dean for Education. “They are exemplary members of a distinguished class, all of whom are entering public health at a critical time poised to make an important impact on the health of communities and to advance progress in the field of  public health.”


Safaa Suliman

Safaa Suliman Ahmed, DrPH '17
The Sidney Kark Award in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department who are committed to research in global health. 


kathleen bachynski

Kathleen Bachyinski, PhD '16
The Marisa de Castro Benton Dissertation Award in Sociomedical Sciences is given for a dissertation that makes an outstanding contribution to the Sociomedical Sciences and is worthy of special recognition.


emily battistini

Emily Beth Barron Battistini, MD/MPH '17
The Award for Excellence in General Public Health is presented to a graduating student for outstanding academic achievement.


stefanie busgang

Stefanie Arielle Busgang, MPH ‘17
The Anna C. Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department for high academic distinction and the potential for significant contributions to the field of public health.


Allison Marie Carney, MPH '17
The Award for Excellence in Global Health is presented to one Master of Public Health student and one doctoral student who have demonstrated academic excellence and the potential for future contributions in global health.


Daniel Carrión, PhD ’19    
The Award for Exemplary Doctoral Teaching Assistant in Environmental Health Sciences is given to an Environmental Health Sciences doctoral candidate who has excelled as a teaching scholar in an EHS course. All teaching scholars are expected to be actively involved in course development, student evaluation, and presentation of materials. This award goes to an individual who goes above and beyond these expectations. 


Yakuan Chen, PhD ’17
The Sanford Bolton-John Fertig Award in Biostatistics is awarded to the top doctoral dissertation in Biostatistics, in recognition of the strong influence John Fertig had on students through his encouragement, help, and outstanding teaching.


Rebecca Lynn Crawford Muñoz, MPH ’17
The Population and Family Health Award for Academic Excellence is given to graduating students in the Department for outstanding academic achievement.


carolyn crisp

Carolyn  Crisp, MPH '17
The Lynne Loomis-Price Humanitarian Award is given in memory of former Associate Director of Academic Programs Lynne Loomis-Price to a student who exemplifies Lynne’s spirit and commitment to humanitarian work, her dedication to the reduction of health disparities, and her actions in pursuit of social justice both domestically and internationally. 


James Richard Deats, MPH ‘17
The Joseph H. Graziano Award for Academic Excellence in Environmental Health Sciences for the MPH Degree is given to a student in the Department for outstanding academic achievement and promise in the field of public health.


Divya Devli Shroff, MHA '17
The Campbell Award is presented to a graduating student at each school showing exceptional leadership and Columbia Spirit as exemplified by Bill Campbell, Chair Emeritus, University Trustees and Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) co-founder. Special consideration is given to student leaders demonstrating a willingness and ability to work across Columbia Schools or organizations.
The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes exceptional contributions by a teaching assistant who displays peerless dedication to student learning, remarkable commitment to supporting course operations, and excellence in communication with students.


marilyn erazo

Marilyn Erazo, MPH/MSSW '17
The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship Award is given to students in the AUPHA member programs who have demonstrated academic excellence during their graduate studies. The scholarship was endowed by Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. In endowing this scholarship, Mr. McGaw recognized the importance of health administration education and AUPHA’s contribution to the field.


Jocelyn Haber Fifield, MPH ’17
The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes exceptional contributions by a teaching assistant who displays peerless dedication to student learning, remarkable commitment to supporting course operations, and excellence in communication with students.


Allana Therese Forde, PhD '17
The William Farr Award in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department who have shown commitment to understanding or addressing the causes of social inequalities in health.


Richard Jose Gamarra, MPH ‘17
The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes exceptional contributions by a teaching assistant who displays peerless dedication to student learning, remarkable commitment to supporting course operations, and excellence in communication with students. 


abby gaylord

Abigail Gaylord, MPH ‘17
The Award for Exemplary Master’s Teaching Assistant in Environmental Health Sciences is given to a Master of Public Health teaching assistant who goes above and beyond basic expectations for course assistance both in his or her interactions with faculty and with the students in the course. 


christina gianfrancesco

Christina Lynn Gianfrancesco, DDS/MPH '17
The Award for Excellence in General Public Health is presented to a graduating student for outstanding academic achievement.


Ashley Brianna Gripper, MPH '17
The Bernard Challenor Spirit Prize is awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to building community, across department boundaries, at the Mailman School of Public Health.


Joseph Guan, MPH ‘17
The Susan P. Baker Award in Injury Epidemiology is given to a graduating master’s student at Columbia University for outstanding contributions to injury epidemiology and prevention through dissertation research. 


fei guo

Fei Guo, MS '17
The Chair’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Student is awarded for outstanding academic and research achievements and anticipated contributions to biostatistics and public health.


Shannon Rose Healy, MPH ‘17
The Sidney Kark Award in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department who are committed to research in global health. 


larry joo

Larry (Hee Jun) Joo, MHA '17
The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship Award is given to students in the AUPHA member programs who have demonstrated academic excellence during their graduate studies. The scholarship was endowed by Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. In endowing this scholarship, Mr. McGaw recognized the importance of health administration education and AUPHA’s contribution to the field.


Linda Gross Kahn, PhD ’17, The Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Excellence in Life Course Research

Linda Gross Kahn, PhD ’17
The Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Excellence in Life Course Research honors a doctoral student deemed most promising to continue the work of these pioneers. 


June H. Kim, PhD '17
The William Haddon Jr. Award in Injury Epidemiology is given to a graduating doctoral student at Columbia University for outstanding contributions to injury epidemiology and prevention through dissertation research. 


Stephanie Andrea Küng, MPH '17
The Population and Family Health Award for Academic Excellence is given to graduating students in the Department for outstanding academic achievement.


Santi Kusumaningrum, DrPH '19
The Award for Excellence in Global Health is presented to one Master of Public Health student and one doctoral student who have demonstrated academic excellence and the potential for future contributions in global health.


Yana Mayevskaya, MPH '17
The Lynne Loomis-Price Humanitarian Award is given in memory of former Associate Director of Academic Programs Lynne Loomis-Price to a student who exemplifies Lynne’s spirit and commitment to humanitarian work, her dedication to the reduction of health disparities, and her actions in pursuit of social justice both domestically and internationally. 


Zahirah McNatt, DrPH '19
The John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian Award is given to students who have demonstrated excellence in commitment to the humane care of individuals and communities, and in advancing consideration of human rights and values in health care and prevention. 


Christina Norwood, MHA '17
The Regina Loewenstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Health Policy and Management is awarded to graduating students in the Department for highest academic achievement. 


Christina Michelle Olbrantz, MPH ‘17
The Environmental Health Sciences Student Spirit Award is given to a student who embodies the spirit of Environmental Health Sciences and represents the values and core principles of our discipline.


Caroline Parker, PhD '18
The Eugene Litwak Prize in Sociomedical Sciences is awarded to a doctoral student in the Department for excellence in the preparation of a dissertation research proposal.


amaya perez-brumer

Amaya Perez-Brumer, PhD '18 
The Jack Elinson Award is given to a student in Sociomedical Sciences for published articles of outstanding merit. 


rebecca reed

Rebecca Anne Reed, MPH ’17
The Regina Loewenstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Health Policy and Management is awarded to graduating students in the Department for highest academic achievement. 


Jack Rowland, MS '17
The Chair’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Student is awarded for outstanding academic and research achievements and anticipated contributions to biostatistics and public health.


emily shakibnia

Emily Birchfield Shakibnia, MPH '17
The Population and Family Health Award for Academic Excellence is given to graduating students in the Department for outstanding academic achievement.


Zaixing Shi, PhD '17
The Anna C. Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department for high academic distinction and the potential for significant contributions to the field of public health.


Stephanie Shiau, PhD '17
The Anna C. Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department for high academic distinction and the potential for significant contributions to the field of public health.


nicole tay

Nicole Hong-Wei Tay, MPH ‘17
The William Farr Award in Epidemiology is given to students in the Department who have shown commitment to understanding or addressing the causes of social inequalities in health. 


pablo valente

Pablo Kokay Valente, MPH '17
The Sociomedical Sciences Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award is given annually by the Department for distinguished scholarship and research in the student’s master’s thesis. 


Zhenwei Zhou, MS '17
The Chair’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Student is awarded for outstanding academic and research achievements and anticipated contributions to biostatistics and public health.