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2020 graduate Consuela Abotsi-Kowu recognized by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for excellence with Korn Award

Class of 2020 graduate Consuela Abotsi-Kowu has been recognized with the Korn Scholars Award as an outstanding graduating student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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Friday, June 12, 2020
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Class of 2020 graduate Consuela Abotsi-Kowu has been recognized with the Korn Scholars Award as an outstanding graduating student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

“I am honored and humbled to accept this prestigious honor,” said Abotsi-Kowu, who graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, with an emphasis in the environmental health sciences, on June 12 with 252 classmates from the UCLA Fielding School. “We all have witnessed the tumultuous state of our nation. If these recent events have taught me anything, it is that public health is more than just another field of science. It is the mechanism that shows the world a mirror of themselves.”

Abotsi-Kowu is one of 226 class of 2020 graduates who have earned a master’s degree; the other 26 graduates are doctoral students. She is a recipient of the Korn Scholars Award, named for Carolbeth Korn, who received her bachelor's degree in public health from UCLA, established an endowed prize to financially and publicly acknowledge the Fielding School's most outstanding graduating student. Each year's recipient is selected by the dean and academic leadership from across the school.

The Korn Award was created to specifically recognize students with both high academic achievement and a deep level of commitment to professional and social service, said Richard Ambrose, research professor of Environmental Health Sciences.

“Consuela has been an exceptional public health advocate, and her efforts for the Department and the School have been outstanding,” Ambrose said. “Consuela’s dedication to service is truly extraordinary.”

Abotsi-Kowu has a 3.9 GPA and has served as a student representative in the Environmental Health Sciences Department, as co-president of the Environmental Health Sciences Student Association, as a mentor in UCLA’s Graduate/Undergraduate Mentorship Program, and as a student assistant for FSPH’s accreditation renewal. She is a 2016 graduate (Biology) of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and calls Omaha, Nebraska, and Saint Paul, Minnesota, her hometowns. She has worked as a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Loma Linda University and UCLA in California, and as a teaching assistant at UCLA.

“I beg us to look within and ask ourselves: Do we like what we see? If we look in that mirror and we don’t like what we see, join me in doing the necessary, difficult work to change our field,” Abotsi-Kowu said. “As I strive towards my goals, I shall continue to exemplify FSPH’s mission of service through hard-work, discipline and zeal for the enhancement of public health.”