Q and A with Linh Phan
Linh earned her Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences degree in 2013 and is a current student in the PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program, with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene. She is also the 2015 Michael Bruton Workplace Safety Foundation Scholarship winner.
What attracted you to the MS and PhD programs in Environmental and Occupational Health sciences at UIC as opposed to programs at other schools?
I choose EOHS because of the school’s top ranking amongst public health programs and EOHS’s ABET Accredited Industrial Hygiene programs. Equally attractive, EOHS faculty are researching and completing fieldwork in a number of interesting areas.
What do you love about living and learning in Chicago?
Chicago has a lot of attractions so I can always take a break to check out museums, skyscrapers, shows, concerts, and events in the city. In addition, Chicago is a mix of different cuisine around the world that makes everything in this city taste so delicious.
How would you characterize your student life experience as an EOHS student?
I have grown personally and professionally thanks to the great circle of support among my new lifelong friends and faculty. Diversity among faculty and students has exposed me to different cultures enriching my knowledge and experience as a foreign student.
How would you describe your relationships with EOHS faculty and staff?
Faculty and staff have provided their support in my academic and personal life. As my research advisor, Dr. Rachael Jones always spends time with me and gives me great advice. Her guidance and knowledge has been a major factor that helps me to excel at UIC.
What advice would you give to an incoming graduate student at UIC? Is there something you wish you had known when you started out?
I would advise them to participate in as many activities as possible in the division to learn more about their field of interest. For example, process tours provided every semester are going to give students the opportunity to have a real life picture about occupational safety and industrial hygiene problems in the workplace.