Scholarships and Awards
The UIC School of Public Health recognizes outstanding students, faculty, and alumni each year via numerous scholarships for academic and research achievements, and overall potential for success in the field. These awards are supported through generous contributions from donors within the public health community. This page contains information on the following types of scholarships, honors, and awards:
- SPH-Wide Student Scholarships and Awards
- Divisional Student Awards
- University-Wide Student Programs Scholarships
- External Scholarships and Awards
- Honorary Societies
- Faculty Awards
- Alumni Awards
SPH-wide Student Scholarships and Awards
The School of Public Health awards scholarships to students demonstrating significant academic achievements, engagement in research pursuits, and educational interest in different areas of public health. Award announcements, application procedures, and deadlines will be made in the Fall and Spring terms via the SPHNEWS and SPHVIEWS listservs.
Spring 2013 Awards
For the Alan W. Donaldson Award application documents, please click the link below.
For the Rodney P. Musselman Travel Award application documents, please click the link below.
For the Paul Q. Peterson Scholarship application documents, please click the link below.
Please find brief descriptions of each scholarship offered below:
Alan W. Donaldson Award
This award is presented annually to one graduating SPH student in recognition of academic achievement, qualities of leadership, and community service. It is the most prestigious award granted by the UIC School of Public Health and is a memorial to Alan W. Donaldson, ScD, a founding father of the School and its first Associate Dean. The winning student will be announced at the annual Spring Commencement in May. Applications due: 4pm, Friday, March 1, 2013.
Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship
This competition will assist graduate students with travel expenses associated with an international field experience. Four awards of up to $3,000.00 (per award) will be given during the AY 2012-2013 year (includes Summer 2013). The most competitive applications will be from students seeking an experience that substantially broadens their understanding and application of public health in the world. Preference is given to proposals for projects in Latin America and Africa. For detailed information, please visit the Global Health Initiative Awards site. Applications due: February 18, 2013.
Global Health Scholarship
The SPH Global Health Scholarship is designed to help defray expenses associated with undertaking a MPH/MS field practicum or field research in global public health. These scholarships will be awarded through a competitive process and are open to all domestic and international students formally enrolled in the MPH or MS global health concentration. Applications due: Monday, March 18, 2013.
Paul Q. Peterson Scholarship
This scholarship is presented annually to one or more SPH graduate/professional students interested in the practical application of public health delivery and/or research. Each year one master’s student and one doctoral level student may be awarded a PQP scholarship and named the "Paul Q. Peterson Public Health Master’s and Doctoral Scholars." The Master’s award will be $2,000.00 and the Doctoral award $3,000.00 for 2013. Applications due: 4pm, Friday, March 1, 2013.
Rodney P. Musselman Travel Award
The Rodney P. Musselman Travel Awards support students attending professional conferences or meetings, including travel, accommodations, meals, and registration fees. Up to $1,500.00 will be awarded to one or more selected applications. Applications due: Friday, March 1, 2013.
Warren Lavey and Dr. Holly Rosencranz Climate Change Impact Award
The Global Health Initiative at the UIC School of Public Health is proud to announce the 2011-2012 Global Climate Change Impact Award. The award was created to encourage research and dissemination of information on the adverse public health impacts of global climate change. Funds are available to support one or more students to conduct a global health field practicum or thesis during the summer of 2012. The field experience must specifically address mitigation or adaptation strategies pertaining to global climate change and its public health implications. Such experiences may tackle health issues sensitive to climatic variability (such as vector-borne or respiratory diseases), address the public health implications related to the decline of water quality and quantity, or be relevant to risks of extreme weather, among others. Applications due: Monday, February 25, 2013.
Divisional Student Awards
Information regarding student awards specific to your chosen division should be referred to your Academic Coordinator. Awards for some divisions include the following:
- Community Health Sciences - Dr. Sharon L. Telleen Maternal and Child Health Award
- Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences – Michael Bruton Workplace Safety Foundation Scholarship
- Epidemiology/Biostatistics – William Haenszel Memorial Scholarship; Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Fund
- Health Policy and Administration – Viron L. Diefenbach Award for Excellence in Student Research
Dr. Sharon. L. Telleen Maternal and Child Health Award
Dr. Sharon Telleen is a community/developmental psychologist and a research associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose research interests focus on the psychosocial and contextual factors of adverse health outcomes experienced by children and youth.In recognition of her passion for maternal and child health and her service to UIC, Dr. Telleen has created this endowment fund to augment the opportunities available to doctoral candidates in Maternal and Child Health as they complete their dissertation research .
An award of $1,000 will be given annually to a doctoral student enrolled in the Maternal and Child Health programs at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago who is completing their dissertation research. There will be a committee that will determine the doctoral student who will receive the award. Application can be obtained in the CHS Division Office.
Michael Bruton Workplace Safety Foundation Scholarship
This award is presented annually to a SPH graduate students enrolled in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division whose research interests focus on workplace safety. Application can be obtained in the EOHS Division office.
William Haenszel Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division. This award is acknowledged at a special awards ceremony, and the winner receives a voucher for $200 to be used for travel, books, software, or equipment relevant to their work. The intent of this award is to foster high quality research among Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division students. Application information can be obtained in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division Office.
Viron L. Diefenbach Award for Excellence in Student Research
This award was established in memory of the second dean of the School of Public Health, provides an award each year to a student in the Health Policy and Administration Division. Each recipient is selected on the basis of a combination of academic achievement and financial need. Application can be obtained in the HPA Division office.
University-Wide Student Programs Scholarships
The University of Illinois administers several scholarships that are available to students on any University of Illinois campus.
Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging
The objective of the Doolen Scholarship is to facilitate the study of aging by providing scholarships to two outstanding graduate students. These scholarships are made possible by an endowment from the Retirement Research Foundation to honor the late Mr. Paul D. Doolen, a long-time member of the University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors. This award may be awarded to two graduate students in their second year of study, or beyond, whose principal scholarly interest is in the field of aging.
For the Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging application and additional information, please visit (https://www-s.usp.uillinois.edu/doolen/default.aspx)
Avery Brundage Scholarship
The Avery Brundage Scholarship Fund is an endowment fund established by an agreement between the Avery Brundage Foundation and the University of Illinois Foundation. Income from the fund is to be used for "scholarships, grants, or fellowships" for University of Illinois students "who are both gifted students and exceptional athletes, for their combined physical and mental development."
For the Avery Brundage Scholarship application and additional information, please visit (https://www-s.usp.uillinois.edu/brundage/default.aspx)
External Scholarships and Awards
The Office of Special Scholarship Programs
The Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP) assists UIC students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and external scholarship awards. The staff provide information on available awards, offer guidance on the scholarship application process, and assist students in presenting themselves clearly and effectively for awards that best suit their needs.
More information about the Office of Special Scholarships is available at: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp/.
Honorary Societies – Delta Omega, Lambda Chapter
SPH students may be recognized for their accomplishments by applying for entry into the Delta Omega Honorary Society. The Delta Omega Society is a national honorary public health fraternity established to recognize and encourage scholarship and research among those undertaking post-baccalaureate study in public health and to recognize excellence in the field of public health. Students, faculty, and alumni members are elected each year in April.
Student members are elected from summer, fall, and spring semester graduates of all SPH graduate degree programs. Graduating students who want to be considered for this honor must be ranked in the upper 25% of their graduating class (usually this translates to a GPA of 3.89 or higher) and should demonstrate qualities of leadership in public health in addition to academic excellence. Students wishing to be considered for Delta Omega are required to submit a letter explaining their qualifications and a CV (or resume) to the President of the Lambda Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, Dr. Noel Chavez , associate professor of community health sciences, early in the spring semester. Additional information about the Delta Omega Society can be found here.
The Bernard H. Baum Golden Apple Award is presented each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and unusual service to students at the School. The recipient is chosen by the student body and the award is presented by the Public Health Student Association President at the May Commencement.
The distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor a University constituent alumni association can bestow. The award is presented to an individual who has brought honor to the University and the School of Public Health through significant contributions to the improvement of the public's health, to public health literature, and/or public health professional education. When an award is made, the Awardee is recognized at the May Commencement ceremony.