The 2023 UCLA Fielding Student Academic Honors & Awards ceremony — a celebration of students' outstanding achievements — was held on Wednesday, June 14, and awards were conferred by Dr. Ron Brookmeyer, dean of UCLA Fielding, as well as faculty from across the school.
The ceremony honored exemplary individuals, including:
THE ABDELMONEM A. AFIFI FELLOWSHIP
Anna Ginther, Department of Community Health Sciences
The Abdelmonem A. Afifi Student Fellowship was established upon Professor Afifi's completion of 15 years of service as Dean of the school. Recipients are selected for academic excellence and demonstrating a well-balanced and humanitarian understanding of the field of public health.
THE CELIA AND JOSEPH BLANN FELLOWSHIP
Joseph Zoller, Department of Biostatistics
Matthew Coates, Department of Epidemiology
Annette Blann created the Celia G. and Joseph G. Blann Fellowship, awarded annually to doctoral students on the basis of academic excellence, to honor the memory of her parents. A 1954 UCLA graduate, she was committed to the enhancement of health and the promotion of well-being.
THE E. RICHARD BROWN SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
James Huynh, Department of Community Health Sciences
The E. Richard Brown Social Justice Fellowship was established in honor of the late faculty member E. Richard Brown, founder of the Center for Health Policy Research, and provides support to a student who conducts research and/or advocates policy to expand health care coverage for all.
THE JUNEAL MARIE SMITH FELLOWSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION Xiang Li, Department of Epidemiology
Juneal Smith’s parents established the Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship in their daughter’s memory to support graduate students pursuing careers in international nutrition. Juneal Marie Smith, who received her MPH and PhD from the Fielding School, combined her scholarship with a commitment to helping underserved communities worldwide through her work in the area of nutrition.
THE SAMUEL J. TIBBITTS FELLOWSHIP - Nwadiuko Joseph (Health Policy and Management)
Family members and friends established the Samuel J. Tibbitts Fellowship in honor of Samuel Tibbitts to award students for their academic excellence and commitment to public health. Samuel Tibbitts received a bachelor’s degree in public health from UCLA in 1949. A pioneer in the ﬁeld of managed care, he founded PaciﬁCare, one of the nation’s ﬁrst major HMOs, and was vice chair until his death in 1994.
THE DEAN’S OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS 2023
The Dean’s Outstanding Student Awards, which recognize the exemplary scholastic achievement, leadership, and commitment to community service of one student from each of the Fielding School's five academic departments.
- Erica Su, Department of Biostatistics,
- Amanda Landrian Gonzalez, Department of Community Health Sciences,
- Timothy Matthews, Department of Environmental Health Sciences,
- Angie Barrall, Department of Epidemiology,
- Arman Ahmed, Department of Health Policy and Management,
THE CAROLBETH KORN SCHOLAR AWARD
Carlos Oronce, Department of Health Policy and Management
As an alum of UCLA who earned her bachelor’s degree in public health, Mrs. Korn believed in—and encouraged—the potential of our students to enrich the lives of many. At the end of 2005, Mrs. Korn established an endowed prize to honor an outstanding graduating student each year.
To view the student honors and awards ceremony program, please click here.
To view and download photos, please click here.