Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award
Nature of award
Associate Professor Renee Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, passionately spearheaded the formation of and directed the MPH program, and taught students in the MS, MPH, and PhD Programs. At the request of her family following her untimely death in May 2011, the Renee Royak-Schaler Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to honor her memory and legacy in the department.
The endowment provides merit-based monetary awards to students in the MPH, MS, or PhD programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in the student’s academic work and in research and/or service in areas deeply important to Dr. Royak-Schaler: health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. Work in these areas can include an ongoing or completed capstone project, volunteer work, a presentation or publication, and/or a project related to the student’s program or research.
Number of awards/year
Up to two.
The following should be submitted electronically to Laura Hungerford, PhD, Vice-Chair for Academic Programs.
- Students electronically submit:
- a CV or resume,
- a 1-2 page application describing current and/or completed work in health disparities, health behavior, women’s health, cancer prevention, and/or community engagement and participation. The application should also include the student’s background, interests, and any previous public health experience other than in the areas listed above.
- One (1) letter of recommendation submitted electronically to Dr. Hungerford by a member of the UMB faculty (other than a member of the Award Selection Committee), a research mentor, a supervisor, or a capstone site preceptor.
May commencement ceremony.