2019 Awards and Recognition

April 17, 2019


On April 17, 2019, the College of Public Health honored outstanding students and faculty with the 2019 Awards and Recognition Ceremony. Held at the Gatton Student Center, the luncheon was punctuated by a keynote address delivered by Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.


The following students and faculty were recognized for outstanding achievements in scholarship, service, leadership and teaching. 


Student Awards


Undergraduate Research Awards

Yasmine Jackson

Jhoan Dutton


Undergraduate Leadership Awards

Crysta Meekins

Michael Regard


Outstanding Bachelor of Public Health Student Awards

Honour McDaniel

Morgan Avery


MHA Outstanding First-Year Student Award

Christen Sikora


MHA Outstanding Graduating Student Award

Lucas Brooks


MHA Outstanding Leadership Award

Larrin Collins


MPH Biostatistics Concentration Award

Feitong Lei


MPH Epidemiology Concentration Award

Courtney Marshall


MPH Health Behavior Concentration Award

Cady Cornell


MPH Health Management and Policy Concentration Award

Ashwin Krista


MPH Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health Award

Paul Bellamy


MPH Promising Practitioner Award

Chelsey Reid


Richard R. Clayton MPH Promising Investigator Award

Paul Bellamy


MPH Academic Excellence Award

Karina Manz


Outstanding Doctoral Student

Xuan Zhang


Outstanding PhD Student

Huong Luu


Community Service Award

Courtney Marshall


Howard L. Bost Award

Dakota Halbert


John Sterling Wiggs “Golden Rule” Award

Cady Cornell


Research Day Awards


Oral Presentation Awards


Undergraduate: Julianna Maita

Master’s: Nathaniel Wilson

Doctoral: Vira Pravosud


Poster Presentation Awards


Undergraduate: Sarah Jane Robbins

Master’s: Cady Cornell

Doctoral: Patrick Ward



Faculty Awards


Golden Apple Award, Presented by the Student Public Health Association

Christina Studts, associate professor of Health, Behavior & Society


Dean’s Innovation in Teaching Award

Erin Abner, associate professor of Epidemiology


Dean’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Performance Award

Jennifer Daddysman, lecturer in Biostatistics


Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Performance Award

Sarah Wackerbarth, associate professor of Health Management and Policy


Graduating CPH Ambassadors


Zaynab Al-Abdali

Lucas Brooks

Larrin Collins

Dakota Halbert

Alex Miller


MHA Student Association Officers


Lucas Brooks, President

Cameron Hyde, Vice President

Larrin Collins, Recruitment Chair

Andrew Horn, Treasurer

Olivia Colliver, Secretary


Student Public Health Association Officers


Payton Malone, President

Alexandra Miller, Vice President

Maanasa Manchikanti, Secretary

Thomas (Brendan) Mathews, Treasurer



Delta Omega Honorary Society Inductees


Undergraduate Students:

Ansley McElroy

Morgan Avery

Shelby Rutledge

Michael Regard

Honour McDaniel

Leovarda Eminoski Nunez

Nicole Martin

Madison Lichtefeld

Kaelyn Short

Whitney Smith


Graduate Students:

Deborah Adekunle

Paul Bellamy

Cady Cornell

Feitong Lei

Katherine Youngen

Xuan Zhang

Huong Luu



Teresa Waters

James Norton

James Keck

Philip Westgate



William Mase


Honorary Member:

Ben Chandler


Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society Inductees


Keyana Boka

Lucas Brooks

Larrin Collins

Olivia Colliver

Reynalda Davis

Blake Freeman

Kristen Green

Andrew Horn

Matt Hutson

Cameron Hyde

Elizabeth Lancaster

Tarra Lowe

Adam Mardis

Baeley Reed

Kaden Ross

Eliza Smith

Raaj Talauliker

Renee Wilson



The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is a catalyst of positive change for population health, with a mission to develop health champions, conduct multidisciplinary and applied research, and collaborate with partners to improve health in Kentucky and beyond.