At the University of Iowa, nearly all graduate and professional students, and 30 percent of undergraduates, participate in research before they graduate. Meet 42 outstanding UI undergraduate and graduate students — including five College of Public Health students — who are featured in the most recent Dare to Discover banner campaign sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The campaign recognizes students’ important contributions to research, scholarship, and discovery at the University of Iowa.
College of Public Health student Delaney Bounds has been selected for a year-long health policy fellowship with University Iowa Health Care. Bounds, a Master of Public Health degree candidate in the Department of Health Management and Policy, will serve as the 2019-2020 Stacey Cyphert Health Policy Fellow.
This post-graduate fellowship consists of three placements over the course of the year intended to provide broad policy development experience in the public and private sectors. The first three months of the fellowship are spent with a research organization at the University of Iowa; the second three months with an external stakeholder organization; and the final six months with UI Health Care’s health policy team in Des Moines during the Iowa legislative session.
The fellowship is named in honor of Stacey Cyphert, PhD, who served as Assistant Vice President for Health Policy in UI Health Care. A 1990 graduate of the Department of Health Management and Policy, Cyphert was instrumental throughout his career in shaping health policy in the state of Iowa and developing a strong relationship among University of Iowa Health Care and state and federal government.
Department of Biostatistics graduate students Helin Hernandez and Caitlin Ward are the 2018 recipients of the Kathryn M. Chaloner Memorial Scholarship and the Leon F. Burmeister Memorial Scholarship, respectively.
Hernandez will receive her MS in biostatistics this semester and will begin the PhD program in January. She is originally from Van Nuys, Calif.
Ward is from Iowa City, Iowa, and is currently a PhD student. She earned her MS in the spring of 2018.
Jacob Oleson, professor of biostatistics, is the faculty advisor for Hernandez and a co-advisor for Ward.
The Kathryn M. Chaloner Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Chaloner’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the field of biostatistics. Chaloner served as professor and head of the University of Iowa Department of Biostatistics for 12 years.
The Leon F. Burmeister Memorial Scholarship was established to support an exceptional graduate student in the Department of Biostatistics, with preference given to students from the state of Iowa. Dr. Burmeister was a professor of biostatistics with a career at the University of Iowa spanning 42 years.