October 30, 2017 | Erin Bluvas, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Presidential Fellowship program, currently in its eighth year, is the most prestigious graduate-level award
at the University of South Carolina. This merit-based program provides a four-year,
$32,000 stipend for doctoral students and $20,000 (over five semesters) for Master
of Fine Arts students. To date, 173 students from 38 academic programs in nine colleges
The Graduate School announced 70 Presidential Fellows from 25 states, eight countries
and 33 graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. Thirteen of these promising
students call the Arnold School of Public Health home. Learn more about the Arnold
School's Presidential Fellows (who represent all six departments) below and learn
more about Presidential Fellows university-wide with the Graduate School's directory.
Allison Foster, Exercise Science (Ph.D.)
"My research interests are in rehabilitation and recovery after stroke. I have a specific
interest in utilizing neuroimaging tools to examine and further define the roles of
brain structure, function, and connectivity during rehabilitation, recovery and learning
of motor behaviors. I have additional interest in investigating motivational and attentional
influences on learning."
Mark Guinter, Epidemiology (Ph.D.)
"My dissertation focuses on identifying points for primary prevention of breast cancer
in postmenopausal women. I am developing a tool to characterize a woman’s diet based
on its association with estrogen metabolism and subsequently am using this tool to
investigate dietary associations with breast cancer."
Cassie Horton, Environmental Health Sciences (Ph.D)
"The Environmental Health Sciences program brought me to UofSC. The course offerings
and research done within the department are well in line with my own interests, and
after speaking with some of the faculty, I knew it would be a good fit for me."
Adam Lutz, Exercise Science (Ph.D)
"My primary research investigates the use of patient-reported outcomes as a quality
metric of healthcare providers, something of increasing importance as healthcare delivery
systems shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement."
Chelsea Lynes, Epidemiology (Ph.D.)
"My research interests are opioid addiction during pregnancy and adverse effects on
mom and baby, as well as quality of care."
Jennifer Mandelbaum, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (Ph.D.)
"I was drawn to USC by the incredible public health work done here, specifically in
global noncommunicable disease. People at the Arnold School emphasized the importance
of doing meaningful work that moves public health forward, and their integrity and
optimism were contagious. I was struck by the Arnold School’s focus on translating
research into practice."
Chamberline Ozigbu, Health Services Policy and Management (Ph.D.)
"I chose UofSC because they are effective in my research interests, and they have
high impact publications on public health issues. Also, the chair of my department
has worked on so many projects around the world, especially on health economics, healthcare
financing, and health insurance coverage."
Lorelei Phillip, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.)
"My research and dissertation now are focused on examining the ability to detect errors
in speech production and change that feedback into corrective motor commands in individuals
who have aphasia, an acquired language disorder. I’m interested in what neurophysiological
markers may exist that indicate a deficit in this ability, as well as how it may correlate
with deficits in higher level language abilities, such as repetition and naming."
Elizabeth Regan, Exercise Science (Ph.D.)
"My research interests are in physical activity for those with permanent mobility
impairments and the role physical therapists play in helping this population achieve
physical activity goals. My planned dissertation project will evaluate an existing
cardiac rehabilitation program for stroke survivors to increase physical activity
and exercise capacity."
Gabriella Reynolds, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.)
"After working as a speech pathologist in a school for three years, I decided to go
back to school to pursue a doctoral degree. I was drawn to UofSC because of the faculty,
specifically the reading-focused faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders
Lara Schneider, Epidemiology (Ph.D.)
" I will be examining the relationship between sedentary time (and physical activity)
during pregnancy and how they affect birth outcomes for both mother and child."
Ellen Wenders Stowe, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (Ph.D.)
"My research interests focus on how health and well-being are impacted by the built
environment and community design, particularly in regard to inequalities in access
to healthy living environments and which characteristics of these environments – such
as walkability and access to resources – may reduce or promote health equity."
Kitty Tryon, Excercise Science (Ph.D.)
"I research how a type of receptor involved in fear learning, muscarinic acetylcholine
receptor, regulates synaptic transmission and plasticity (the strengthening of synapses)
in the brain. Specifically, I am studying how these receptors inhibit or facilitate
neural transmission to the basolateral amygdala, a brain region involved in associating
emotions with stimuli in our environment."
The Graduate School announces 2016-2017 Presidential Fellows, including 10 from the