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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health graduate student Paulina Lin has been recognized for academic excellence as a 2021 recipient of the continuing student fellowship
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health graduate student Paulina Lin has been recognized for academic excellence as a 2021 recipient of the Fielding School’s continuing student fellowship.
“It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Lin, a first year student in the master of public health program at the Fielding School, with an emphasis in epidemiology. “This past year has been filled with challenges but I have received so much encouragement and support from my peers and the faculty and staff at FSPH.”
Lin’s current research project, conducted as a field project with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, is a cross-sectional study, in partnership with scholars at California State University, Los Angeles, and is examining the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the behavior of students, with a focus on behaviors associated with diet and chronic disease risk.
“Because of her outstanding academic performance and her dedication to public health, she started her consideration much earlier on her field research project on COVID-19 related behavior changes for college students,” said Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research. “Paulina is very committed to public health, and is a superb candidate for the continuing master’s student award.”
Lin, whose hometown is Temple City, CA, has a 4.0 GPA and is a UCLA graduate, earning a bachelor of science in molecular, cell, and developmental biology in 2018. She has worked as a teaching assistant and laboratory manager and research technician at the university’s Chute Lab, specializing in hematology and oncology research. Along with her research with Los Angeles County, she has been co-author of three separate published research studies examining DNA repair, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. She also serves as an officer with the Epidemiology Student Association at the Fielding School.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to study public health and epidemiology during these times,” Lin said. “Upon graduating, I hope to pursue work in a government agency and represent FSPH well.”
The Fielding School’s continuing student fellowships are designed to support students who have demonstrated academic merit, personal achievements, financial need, and a dedication to public health.