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Doctoral Candidate Claire Euiyoung Kim Recognized by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for Excellence With Smith Fellowship

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health doctoral candidate Claire Euiyoung Kim has been recognized for scholastic excellence as a 2021 recipient of the Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health doctoral candidate Claire Euiyoung Kim has been recognized for academic excellence and commitment to public health as a 2021 recipient of the Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship in International Nutrition.

“I am honored to be recognized by the department,” said Kim, a doctoral candidate in the school’s Department of Epidemiology. “The exceptional training I received prepared me to challenge existing epidemiological studies and engage novel approaches to understand the effect of nutrition on cancer development.”

Kim is a third-year doctoral candidate whose research at the Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) has focused on nutrition and health, including nutrition’s relationship with cancer.

“Claire’s research represents the first use of a functionally significant outcome measure to study the effects of dietary and hormonal factors, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals and their interplay on breast composition in young girls as a marker of breast cancer susceptibility,” said Dr. Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology. “Claire is an exceptional student and ranks among the top students I have encountered, which is reflected in her native intelligence, her determination, and her ability to translate materials learned in the classroom directly into her work.”

Kim, whose hometown is Seoul, in the Republic of Korea , has a 3.9 GPA and is a graduate of New York University’s College of Global Public Health (2015, MPH, Community and International Health) and the University of Notre Dame, College of Science (2013, BS, Science). She has worked as a researcher at FSPH, Seoul National University’s College of Medicine, at NYU, and at Notre Dame.

The Juneal Marie Smith Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student, nominated by their academic department, who is pursuing a career in international nutrition. Dr. Smith’s parents established the fellowship in their daughter’s memory to support graduate students pursuing careers in international nutrition. Smith received her MPH and PhD from the Fielding School.