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Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award

Nature of award

Associate Professor Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, passionately spearheaded the formation of and directed the MPH and dual degree programs, and taught students in the MPH, MS and PhD Programs. At the request of her family following her untimely death in May 2011, the Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD, MEd, Memorial Endowment Award was established to honor her memory and legacy in the department. The fund provides merit-based 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.

Award amount

Determined annually.

Number of awards/year

Up to two.

Application process

The following should be submitted electronically to Pat Langenberg, PhD, Vice-Chair for Academic Programs.

  • Students electronically submit:
    1. a CV or resume,
    2. 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. Langenberg 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.

Application deadline

March 15

Awards Announced

May commencement ceremony.

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