Graduate Student Ambassadors

Graduate Student Ambassadors represent a diverse group of students that strive to inspire, connect with and represent, past, present, and future College of Public Health graduate students.

What we do:

  • Communicate and connect with prospective and admitted students through:
    • Social media channels like Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter
    • College events such as student panels, visit days, and student tours
  • We reach out to alumni through:
    • Alumni board lunches, during conferences, email correspondence, and networking events
    • Conference socials
    • Networking Events
    • Social Media

Meet our ambassadors!

Redwan Bin Abdul Baten

Redwan Bin Abdul Baten
Redwan is a third year PhD student in the department of Health Management and Policy. He received his Bachelors in Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Dhaka in 2012 and Master of Public Health (MPH) from North South University in 2016. His research interests are rural health, long-term care, child health and development, global health, immigrant health, the health care workforce, and health insurance.

 

Hailey Boudreau

Hailey Boudreau
Hailey is a Master of Public Health student in the Community and Behavioral Health department and Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning student. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Dietetics in 2013 and is a practicing registered dietitian. Hailey volunteers as a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids and teens with diabetes, and is a co-producer and host for the From the Front Row podcast. Her interest areas include food, nutrition, healthier communities, and food systems.

 

Ian Buchta

Ian Buchta
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ian worked in salmon fisheries and marine science education prior to coming to the University of Iowa College of Public Health to pursue a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. Ian interned with Johnson County Public Health and is interested in infectious disease, public health communication, and public health practice. At the college, Ian is a host and producer for From the Front Row, a student-made podcast seeking to highlight advances and share perspectives in the world of public health.

 

McKyla CarsonMcKyla Carson
McKyla Carson is a second year Master of Public Health student from Iowa City. She graduated from Drake University in 2016 with a BA in Biology and a concentration in Global and Comparative Public Health. Before starting her masters, she worked two years at a Medicaid MCO in Iowa. McKyla works as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Ashida and Dr. Casteel on research to prevent injury and falls in older adults throughout eastern Iowa.

 

Ogechukwu Chigbo
Ogechukwu is a second year Undergraduate-to-Graduate Master of Public Health student in the Epidemiology department. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in Biochemistry and Chemistry. She has interests in both the public and individual health (medicinal) sectors. She aspires to be an advocate for public health in the United States and Africa.

 

Eliza DalyEliza Daly
Eliza is a second year Master of Public Health student in the Community and Behavioral Health department. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Iowa, where she majored in Health Promotion and Psychology, and minored in Global Health Studies. Eliza participated in the undergraduate-to-graduate program and began taking graduate courses during her last year of undergrad. Her research interests include food security, how nutrition impacts chronic diseases, and how we can best deliver health messages through health communication.

Juan GudinoJuan Gudino
Juan is a second year Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology. He is originally from Mason City, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate career where he obtained his BA in psychology. His current research focuses on the health effects of immigration enforcement and immigration bond, where he is working on a national report on recommendations for cash-bail reform in the U.S. incarceration system.

 

Emily HoustonEmily Houston
Emily is a first-year Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy. She is participating in the undergraduate to graduate degree program and will complete her BA from the College of Public Health in May 2020. She is originally from Panora (Lake Panorama), Iowa.

 

 

Chelsea KeenanChelsea Keenan
Chelsea Keenan is a second year Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy. She is originally from Tampa, Florida, and has a BS in journalism from the University of Florida. Before coming back to school, she worked as a reporter at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, where she covered the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Iowa, and other health care issues.

 

Elias KovoorElias Kovoor
Elias is a first year Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology. He is originally from India but moved to the United States nine years ago. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Human Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. After his MPH, Elias would like to attend medical school and work with patients who lack access to health care. Elias currently volunteers at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and would eventually like to join Doctors Without Borders.

 

Abigail LeeAbigail Lee 
Abigail is a second year Master of Public Health candidate within the department of Community and Behavioral Health. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in biology with an emphasis in research, spanish and music at the University of Northern Iowa. Her interests in public health broadly include sexual and reproductive health, encompassing social norms, relationships, and stigma.

 

 

Bennett LuedtkeBennett Luedtke
Bennett is a second year Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy. Bennett is originally from Muscatine, Iowa and earned his BS in kinesiology and health at Iowa State University. Outside of class, Bennett works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His primary research interests include health inequity and health care reform.

 

Emma NelsonEmma Nelson
Enrolled in the undergraduate to graduate program here at the University of Iowa, Emma is completing her bachelor’s degree in geography as well as beginning a Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health. After participating in research as an undergraduate on Alpine species and how they could be effected by climate change, Emma looks forward to exploring climate change more and the health impacts we may see in the future.

 

Collin Nolte
Collin is a fourth year PhD student in the department of Biostatistics. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Iowa, and his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University

 

Emily ShawEmily Shaw
Emily Shaw is a first year Master of Public Health student in Community and Behavioral Health. She earned her BA in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2015. Prior to coming back to school, she spent time working as a research coordinator on clinical trials and would like to incorporate this experience into finding ways to improve the community. Outside of school, her hobbies include running, food, and intermittently knitting.

 

Madison SnitkerMadison Snitker
Madison is first year undergraduate to graduate Master of Public Health student in Community and Behavioral Health. She is currently finishing her BA in public health here at the University of Iowa and will be part of the first undergraduate graduating class at the College of Public Health this spring. She is originally from Waukon, Iowa.

 

 

Stevland Sonnier Stevland Sonnier
Stevland is a first year Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy. He migrated north from his hometown of Walnut Creek, CA and completed his BS in human physiology at the University of Oregon. This is his first year outside the Pacific Northwest and he’s excited to explore the Midwest. Steve is interested in the policy areas of telemedicine and occupational health.

 

 

Erin Taber Erin Taber
Erin is a second year Master of Public Health student in the department of Epidemiology. Her main research areas include nutritional epidemiology, program evaluation and health education. She was part of the undergraduate to graduate program at the College of Public Health, graduating with her BA in health and human physiology in May 2019 from the University of Iowa. She is originally from the Iowa City area.

 

 

To connect with a graduate student ambassador, feel free to email us at CPH-GradAmbassador@uiowa.edu


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on October 2, 2019.