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Arnold School students present at USC’s Graduate Student Day, Tinago takes home the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

April 29, 2015 | Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu 

Graduate students represented multiple departments and programs* across the Arnold School at USC’s 2015 Graduate Student Day. This annual celebration also serves as a competition for oral and poster research presentations as well creative performance/displays and thesis/dissertation speeches. In addition to showcasing student work for the university and larger community, Graduate Student Day includes an awards ceremony.

For the third** year in a row, a doctoral student from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. Chiwoneso Tinago, a third year student, took home one of the two Dean’s Awards presented this year. These awards, which include $1,000 honorariums, are given to exceptional graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership on campus, in their academic disciplines or in the community.

At USC, Tinago is actively engaged in mentoring and service as the Graduate Service Mentor for over 200 undergraduate residents in Preston Residential College. She also serves as the advisor for Y-IMPACT (Youth Impacting Minds, People and Communities Together), a student-led community service organization within Preston that has nearly doubled in size under her guidance and is on track to completing 1,500 hours of community service this academic year. Tinago also volunteers as a Service Saturday site leader and has represented HPEB on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council.

Outside the university, she is an American Association of University Women International Fellow, an organization which empowers women through education, research, leadership and advocacy. “I am determined to do my part to aid in this mission and one avenue is through my dissertation research which seeks to empower young women in my home country, Zimbabwe, to actively engage in efforts to improve their health,” she says.

Tinago’s mentors are many and varied, including Arnold School faculty such as her dissertation chair, HPEB Associate ProfessorLucy Annang Ingram. “My mentors have similar characteristics,” she says. “They challenge me to dig deeper and explore innovative ways to address issues, and they dedicate time to nurture my passion for learning and public health.” After graduation, Tinago plans to work for an international health agency, coordinating maternal and child health programs in developing countries and eventually establishing a non-profit maternal and child health agency in Zimbabwe.

*The following Arnold School graduate students presented in the 2015 Graduate Student Day competition. 

Emily Garnett

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Svetlana Malyutina

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Firas Alhasson

Environmental Health Sciences

Varun Chandrashekaran

Environmental Health Sciences

Suvarthi Das

Environmental Health Sciences

Diptadip Dattaroy

Environmental Health Sciences

Eva Preisner

Environmental Health Sciences

Alexander-Jacques Sougiannis

Exercise Science

Keith Brazendale

Exercise Science

Charity Breneman

Exercise Science

C’iana Cooper

Exercise Science

Madison DeMello

Exercise Science

Gillian Harper

Exercise Science

Kimbell Hetzler

Exercise Science

Melissa Kolar

Exercise Science

Rebecca Kyruliuk

Exercise Science

Joyce Middleton

Exercise Science

Ryan Porter

Exercise Science

Kara Whitaker

Exercise Science

Caroline Bergeron

HPEB

Ann Blair Kennedy

HPEB

Lynn Boyd

HPEB

Heather Henderson

HPEB

Ebru Cayir

HPEB

Danielle Gentile

HPEB

Salima Kasymova

HPEB

Chiwoneso Tinago

HPEB

Danielle Schoffman

HPEB

Min Jee Lee

Health Services Policy and Management

Jumee Wang

Health Services Policy and Management

Lashonda Williams

Health Services Policy and Management

David Gallerani

Public Health-General, MPH

**2014 Winner: Ann Blair Kennedy; 2013 Winner: Danielle Schoffman