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2020 graduate Katherine Lin recognized by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for academic excellence

Class of 2020 graduate Katherine Lin has been recognized for academic excellence as recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Student Award for Epidemiology in the class of 2020 at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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Friday, June 12, 2020
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Class of 2020 graduate Katherine Lin has been recognized for academic excellence as recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Student Award for Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 

“It’s my honor to be presented with this award by my department at the Fielding School, thanks to the support of the amazing faculty,” said Lin, who graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, with an emphasis in epidemiology, on June 12 with 252 classmates from the Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH). “And in this moment, I’m so grateful that my education has prepared me to work towards health equity.”

Lin is one of 226 class of 2020 graduates who have earned a master’s degree; the other 26 graduates are doctoral students. Each year, all five academic departments at FSPH each nominate one student who has demonstrated exemplary scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership in their class to receive the Dean's Outstanding Student Award (DOSA).

“She has been one of our superstars, and by far the most academically successful master’s student I have advised,” said Julia Heck, who teaches in FSPH’s Department of Epidemiology. “I have been impressed by her commitment and enthusiasm for public health.”

Lin has a 4.0 GPA and is a 2018 graduate of Santa Clara University (Public Health Sciences). She is currently working as an epidemiologist/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst at the University of California, San Francisco’s DREAM Lab, and previously has done so at Santa Clara University, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s tuberculosis control program, and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.