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DGHI Students and Faculty Rack up Awards and Honors from Duke and Beyond

May 17, 2016

Many global health students and faculty members recently received a wide range of awards and honors. 

Student Awards and Honors

Benenson Award in the Arts

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. 

  • Jenny Li, global health major. With her Benenson Award, Li will spend a month in Gaoguan, China, collaborating with local musicians, including her grandfather and her grandmother, who sings and plays keyboard. She plans to prepare a concert program including Chinese and Western music. She also hopes to create a documentary film that explores the impact of music in rural China.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Reflection Essay Contest Winner

Distinguished Leadership and Service Award - Demonstration of Integrity category

The Student Affairs Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards honor graduating students whose collective contributions to the Duke and larger communities are grounded in the values of the University’s mission as found in the Duke Community Standard. 

  • Nicole Jadue, Master of Science in Global Health 

Duke STEAM Challenge Grand Prize ($10,000)

STEAM Challenge teams identify a real world problem or issue and suggest an idea for a project-based solution that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach bridging the STEM disciplines with the arts, humanities, and social sciences in meaningful ways. This year’s STEAM Challenge was focused on Digital Humanities. The STEAM Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs with additional support from the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities Initiative, the Program in Information Science + Studies and the Information and Entrepreneurship Initiative.

  • Pocket Counselor: Health in Hand app, led by global health doctoral certificate candidate Elsa Friis. Team members included global health majors Christina Schmidt and Sofia Stafford

Forever Duke Student Leadership Award

Sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association, the Forever Duke Student Leadership Award recognizes students who have gone above and beyond to give back to the Duke community during their time here, leaving the university a better place than they found it. 

  • Libby King MacFarlane, Master of Science in Global Health 
  • Christopher Paul, global health doctoral scholar
  • William Sperduto, global health major
  • Taylor Trentadue, global health major
  • Jun Wang, global health doctoral certificate 

Fuqua School of Business Dean’s Recognition Award

The Deans’ Recognition Awards are given annually to students who have provided truly exemplary service to the school.  

  • Libby King MacFarlane, Master of Science in Global Health

Glamour Top 10 College Women of the Year

Each year, Glamour magazine recognizes 10 outstanding college women—including scientists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and athletes—through the Glamour Top 10 College Women of the Year

  • Suhani Jalota, global health major

Global Health Capstone Award

Through the capstone, the culminating experience for the Duke global health major, students work closely with a faculty mentor to apply analytical tools from coursework and fieldwork to address a specific global health problem and present their project to faculty, staff and peers. The winning team designed an intervention aimed at reducing preventable drug overdose deaths, decreasing both the burden on emergency services and the anxiety levels of friends and family members of drug users in Durham. Team members include:

  • Emily Gillespie, global health major
  • Lisa Guo, global health major
  • Jennifer (J.J.) Hayes, global health major
  • Maria Kohlbrenner, global health major

#GotCaughtLeading Award

The Duke Student Affairs #GotCaughtLeading Award recognizes and cultivates student leadership across campus, both positional and non-positional, through celebrating acts of character, collaboration and citizenship throughout the school year.

  • Hope Arcuri, global health major
  • Jemi Galani, global health minor
  • Komal Kinger, global health major

Graduate Young Trustee

The Graduate Young Trustee is a graduate student who serves a three-year term on the Duke University Board of Trustees.

  • Christopher Paul, global health doctoral scholar

Hult Prize (Runner-up, Regional Finals)

Sponsored by the Hult Foundation, the Hult Prize competition seeks to launch the next wave of social entrepreneurs by awarding $1 million in seed funding to the winning team.

  • mNaukri app, led by Preeti Prabhu, a graduate student in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Team members include global health majors Parth Chodavadia and Suhani Jalota and Master of Science in Global Health graduate Bolun Li

Outstanding Graduate Global Health Student

  • Tatenda Yemeke, Master of Science in Global Health

Poets & Quants’ Top 100 MBAs in the Class of 2016

The Poets & Quants’ “Best and Brightest MBAs” are leaders, volunteers and problem-solvers, who started conversations, challenged conventions, rallied peers, and inspired change. They’re lauded for their passion, ingenuity, and humility.

  • Libby King MacFarlane, Master of Science in Global Health

Sports and Social Justice Leadership Initiative Recognition

The Duke Student Affairs’ Sports and Social Justice Leadership Initiative fosters well-rounded socially conscious student-athletes who are equipped with the leadership skills and knowledge to influence and impact social change on topics related to LGBTQ+ inclusion, beyond the courts and in their communities.

  • Jeremy Gottlieb, global health major
  • Sarah Rappaport, global health minor

Unite for Sight Social Impact Lab Finalist

Participants in the Social Impact Lab present their new idea, program, or organization in a five-minute social impact pitch. The pitch is followed by a discussion with two expert conference speakers, questions and answers, and feedback from the audience. 

  • Parth Chodavadia, global health major, for the mNaukri app

William J. Griffith University Service Award

The Duke Student Affairs’ William J. Griffith University Service Award is presented annually to a select number of graduating students whose service and contributions to the Duke and larger communities have significantly impacted University life. Recipients demonstrate effective University, communal and global citizenship.

  • Zack Fowler, global health major
  • Suhani Jalota, global health major
  • Christopher Paul, global health doctoral scholar

WomC Global Impact Award

Sponsored by the Duke Women’s Center, the WomC’s recognize efforts that contribute to the efficacy of women and advance women locally and globally.

  • Suhani Jalota, global health major

Visit Duke Today to learn about other student awards. 

Faculty Awards and Honors

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan—a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century—by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others: selflessness, generosity of service, nobility of character, personal integrity and spiritual depth.

Robert B. Cox Teaching Award ($5,000)

This Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes truly outstanding teaching in the College. Recipients are selected on the basis of their ability to encourage intellectual excitement and curiosity in students, knowledge of a field and ability to communicate it, organizational skills, mentorship of students and commitment to excellent teaching over time.

  • Harris Solomon, assistant professor of cultural anthropology and global health

North Carolina Community AIDS Fund Outstanding Service Award

Sponsored by the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund, the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund Outstanding Service Award celebrates the outstanding work of HIV/AIDS professionals across the state.

  • John Bartlett, professor of medicine and global health and associate director for research at DGHI

Presidential Meritorious Award

Twenty-three Duke employees received a Presidential Meritorious Award for their contributions to Duke University and Duke University Health System. 

  • Dennis Clements, professor of pediatrics, community and family medicine and global health

Star Advisor Award

Each year, Duke Student Affairs presents several Star Advisor Awards to recognize a university administrator and/or faculty member who has aided in the development of students outside of the classroom. Students nominate advisors who have gone above and beyond to support their student organization and its members.

Outstanding Graduate Global Health Professor of the Year

  • Elizabeth Turner, Assistant professor of biostatistics, bioinformatics and global health

Outstanding Undergraduate Global Health Professor of the Year

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Nicole Jadue
Graduate commencement speaker, Master of Science in Global Health graduate Nicole Jadue, was among the many global health students who received awards and honors from Duke and beyond this spring.

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