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John McComas and Christine Kobayashi established this endowed fellowship to offer financial support to students pursuing a graduate degree in public health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  The selected recipient(s) will receive up to $1,200 for costs associated with attendance or for expenses related to research and travel.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Classified graduate student enrolled for spring 2016 in a public health degree program at UH Mānoa.
  • Satisfactory progress toward degree as determined by the selection committee.
  • Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines.
  • Registering for full-time status—8+ credits (6 credits for GAs) of public health degree-related coursework, or one credit of PH 800—in fall 2016.

Preference:

  • Self-identified commitment to remain in Hawai‘i to pursue a career after graduating from the program.
  • Peace Corps volunteer as self-identified.

Application Requirements:

  • A letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria, including a brief statement explaining why you should be selected for the award and how the scholarship funds would be utilized. Include academic and practical accomplishments as well as future goals and aspirations.
  • If relevant, provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.
  • Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in fall 2016.

Applications must be received by Friday, April 8, 2016

Submit all application materials to:
Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS) at ophsas@hawaii.edu.

Dr. Pauline George Stitt began her career as a pediatrician in New York. During World War II, Dr. Stitt came to Hawai‘i to work as a physician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She later went on to serve at a number of prestigious colleges and organizations, including Howard University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following her return to Hawai‘i, Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor of Public Health at UH Mānoa in 1972 and later served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health specialization.

The Office of Public Health Studies offers the following two awards created in honor of Dr. Stitt:

OPHS is pleased to recognize an outstanding individual from among its student body by presenting him or her with the 40th Annual Pauline Stitt Outstanding Public Health Graduate Student Award. This award was first presented in 1976. We ask each specialization/program and the Hui to nominate their top graduate or doctoral student(s) for this award. Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see award criteria below).  The selected student’s name will be inscribed on the Pauline Stitt Outstanding Student plaque and the student will also receive a $500 honorarium.

The Pauline Stitt Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people whom she touched in her long and distinguished career. Each specialization/program and the Hui is asked to nominate a current public health graduate or doctoral student with a high level of academic achievement who will continue their enrollment in our program in Fall 2016.  Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see below).  The selected student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

The Student Affairs Committee will review the nominations submitted and select the top candidate for each award based on the following criteria:

  • Scholarship (50%): GPA, publications, etc. To place GPA in a broader context, please include information on workload (#credits/sem, FT/PT work hours).
  • Governance (20%): Serve as student representative on OPHS Committees; UHM Committees (GSO).
  • Student/Professional Activities (20%): Involvement in student organizations & activities (Hui Ola Pono, intramural sports); professional activities (HPHA, etc.).
  • Community Service (10%): Voluntary, not field placement or paid employment (Health Fair, Red Cross, Legislature, Aloha United Way, etc.).
  • Stitt Scholarship only: Continued enrollment in the public health program in Fall 2016.

Submit letters of nomination and supporting documents to OPHSAS, Biomed D-204 / ophsas@hawaii.edu by April 8, 2016.

Nominations are being accepted from students and faculty for the Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Service. Dr. Lawrence K. Koseki was a faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i School of Public Health from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1986 to 1995. However, his career in public service spanned over 36 years. During this time he shared his expertise with over 85 local, national, and international organizations devoted to improving the health and well-being of others.

Part of Dr. Koseki’s great contribution to this community was the outstanding support and wisdom he provided for many of the programs in which he participated. He was a role model, a teacher, a friend, a supporter of individuals, and a good human being. He left behind many people whose lives have been enriched on many levels – academically, personally and spiritually.

The Office of Public Health Studies wishes to recognize a public health student each year who most exemplifies Dr. Koseki’s passion for community service. Selection will be based on materials submitted by the nominator, reflecting the categories listed below:

  • ŸService to Individual (tutoring, peer counseling, mentoring)
  • ŸService to Organizations (community groups, agencies, church, school)
  • Service in Public Policy (legislative, media)

The recipient will receive a certificate and an honorarium.

Please submit your award nomination letter detailing the service record of the person you are nominating to the Student Affairs Committee, c/o Office of Public Health Student Academic Services, Biomed D-204. Nominations may also be submitted electronically to ophsas@hawaii.edu.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 8, 2016.

We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is Monday, March 28, 2016. Applicants who are selected as finalists for this award must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, April 14, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm.

This award is exclusively for public health students who have a professional paper accepted for presentation at a national or international public health meeting. Applicants must be current, classified UHM graduate or doctoral students pursuing the MPH, MS, DrPH or PhD degree in the Office of Public Health Studies. The award money is to be used to defray travel costs and/or pay for meeting registration fees (up to $1,000).

Interested applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Proof of invitation to present at a conference.
  2. Your conference abstract.
  3. A letter of application which includes:
  • Your role in the project that is the subject of the presentation.
  • An explanation on why attending the conference is important to you.
  • A brief note about your financial need.

Those who are selected as finalists for this award will be notified no later than Monday, April 4, 2016. 

Address application materials to the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award Committee in care of the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS). Items may be submitted via email to ophsas@hawaii.edu or in person at Biomed D-204.

Dr. Pauline George Stitt began her career as a pediatrician in New York. During World War II, Dr. Stitt came to Hawai‘i to work as a physician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She later went on to serve at a number of prestigious colleges and organizations, including Howard University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following her return to Hawai‘i, Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor of Public Health at UH Mānoa in 1972 and later served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health specialization. The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) offers this scholarship created in honor of Dr. Stitt.

The Pauline Stitt Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people whom she touched in her long and distinguished career. Each specialization/program and the Hui is asked to nominate a current public health graduate or doctoral student with a high level of academic achievement who will continue their enrollment in our program in Fall 2016.  Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see below).  The selected student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

The Student Affairs Committee will review the nominations submitted and select the top candidate based on the following criteria:

  • Scholarship (50%): GPA, publications, etc. To place GPA in a broader context, please include information on workload (#credits/sem, FT/PT work hours).
  • Governance (20%): Serve as student representative on OPHS Committees; UHM Committees (GSO).
  • Student/Professional Activities (20%): Involvement in student organizations & activities (Hui Ola Pono, intramural sports); professional activities (HPHA, etc.).
  • Community Service (10%): Voluntary, not field placement or paid employment (Health Fair, Red Cross, Legislature, Aloha United Way, etc.).
  • Continued enrollment in the public health program in Fall 2016.

SUBMIT LETTERS OF NOMINATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO OPHSAS, BIOMED D-204/OPHSAS@HAWAII.EDU BY MARCH 1, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Chin Sik and Hyun Sook Chung Memorial Award. This award was established as a lasting tribute to the late Dr. Chin Sik Chung, a Professor at the School of Public Health from 1965-1995, and Hyun Sook Chung, his beloved wife of 51 years. The award (up to $1,500) is to be used to cover travel expenses incurred while working “on the ground” in international public health settings.

To apply, you must be a full-time or part-time classified public health graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Spring 2016 who has been accepted to participate in an international practicum/training experience. The practicum must take place between the start of Summer 2015 and the end of Summer 2016. Priority will be given to sites with active exchange agreements with the Office of Public Health Studies. Recipients will be selected based on academic excellence, financial need, and placement quality as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines.

Submit the following items to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services Office (OPHSAS) via email (ophsas@hawaii.edu) or in person (Biomed D-204):

  • A letter of application (no more than two pages) addressing the award criteria, including a brief financial statement.
  • Authorization for OPHSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

If selected to receive this award, you will be required to submit a completed copy of your Form 15 or IRB application prior to fund distribution.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted for the Joseph E. Alicata Memorial Award in Public Health. A scholarship of up to $5,000 is available to students at the master's and doctoral level in public health. The award may be used for UHM tuition or for international travel connected with the field-training portion of the academic program. If used for travel, the destination must be a country in the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health.

Application criteria:

  • Applicants must be full-time UHM graduate students in public health with a record of outstanding scholastic achievement.
  • A three-page essay must be submitted describing what you believe to be the most important current public health issue in Hawai‘i and how it should be addressed.
  • If relevant, applicants should also provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, & articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.

​To apply, the following items must be submitted to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS) via email (ophsas@hawaii.edu):

  • The three-page essay (double-spaced);
  • A letter of application which includes a list of your publications, presentations and awards, a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be utilized, and authorization for OGSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

This endowed fellowship was established by Marion G. Kagan in memory of her husband, cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kagan. From 1965 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Kagan led the Honolulu Heart Program, a research project which studied thousands of men of Japanese ancestry to see how differences in lifestyle affected rates of heart disease and stroke. The study involved 8000 men in Hawai‘i, many of whom are still being monitored today. A number of the findings in the study have been used to guide physicians in treating heart disease.

The purpose of this award is to provide graduate fellowships to select students who have expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Recipients of the Kagan Fellowship are awarded funds of up to $5,000 which may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g., tuition, books, fees, etc.), in addition to stipends, research, travel, or other related expenses.

Recipients for the 2016-17 academic year must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate students in public health at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Recipients are eligible for fellowship renewal so long as all criteria are met.

Recipients shall be selected based on merit as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. Preference shall be given to those interested in international health in the Pacific Rim region. Priority will be given to high-quality projects with the potential to improve public health as demonstrated in research publications or presentations.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of application (no more than 2 pages) indicating how they meet the above criteria. Additional attachments, including a detailed research plan and CV, are also required. Materials must be received in OPHSAS by March 1, 2016.

The awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will be enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Fall 2016. It is also important to note that award recipients will be required to submit a written report on how the funds were used and his/her current involvement in the field of international health. The report must be submitted one year after the funds were received.

The Robert M. Worth Epidemiology Scholarship Fund was established by his wife Annie, his son Jonathan and other family and friends to provide tuition assistance to full-time students in a JABSOM graduate degree program in epidemiology. The selected recipient(s) will receive up to $2,000 to be used toward tuition costs. Recipients are eligible for scholarship renewal for two years total so long as all criteria are met. Preference shall be given to: 1) American licensed health care professionals with a desire to refocus their careers on a public health track; 2) employees of health departments who desire graduate level academic training in public health to allow them to better serve their communities; and 3) Hawaii state residents.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Classified student enrolled for Spring 2016 in a graduate degree program in epidemiology at JABSOM with demonstrated financial need.
  • A minimum of two years experience in a health-related field.
  • Self-identified commitment to serve the populations of Hawai‘i or a Pacific Island jurisdiction after graduation.
  • Registering for full-time status (8+ degree-related credits/6 degree-related credits for graduate assistants/1 credit of PH 800) in Fall 2016.

Application Requirements:

  • A letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria, including a brief financial statement indicating the amount of funds available to you for the Fall 2016 semester as well as the source of your funding.
  • A 3-5 page typed, double-spaced essay explaining why you should be selected for this award. Include academic and practical accomplishments as well as future goals and aspirations.
  • If relevant, provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.
  • Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in Fall 2016.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2016.

We are pleased to announce that the Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is offering up to six (6) $200 Academic Merit Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. One outstanding classified public health student from each of the following six OPHS specialization areas will be selected:

MPH/MS Specialty Areas: Health Policy and Management, Native Hawaiian & Indigenous Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, and Epidemiology.

Doctoral Specialty Areas: DrPH and PhD in Epidemiology.

To apply for this award, students who meet the criteria below should submit a letter of application to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS), Biomed D-204, by March 1, 2016.  Faculty within each specialization area will decide on one award per specialization.

Criteria (all subject to verification by the Office of Public Health Studies):

  • Academic achievement (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher).
  • Classified master's or doctoral students in the Office of Public Health Studies.
  • Enrolled full-time for a minimum of 8 credits (6 credits for GAs) of public health degree-related course work, or one credit of PH 800, in the spring 2016 semester.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits of UHM public health coursework as a classified, public health student
  • Letter of application demonstrating academic excellence and achievement and authorization for OPHSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.
  • Briefly explain the public health relevance of courses taken outside of OPHS if these are counting towards your required 12 credits for eligibility. Otherwise, this is not necessary.

Note: Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in Fall 2016

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