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Graduate School Awards Three New Master’s Prizes

May 11, 2015

Three students will receive the Graduate School’s new Master's prizes, with Elizabeth Kinnard of the School of Public Health to be recognized for academic accomplishment;  Christopher Godfrey of the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Leadership program for professional excellence; and Amelia Grabowski of Public Humanities for engaged citizenship and community service. The new awards recognize the accomplishments of a growing segment of the student population and will be conferred at the Graduate School’s May 24 Commencement Convocation.  

Elizabeth Kinnard, School of Public HealthElizabeth Kinnard, School of Public Health

Kinnard, a fifth-year Master’s Student in Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention, will be recognized for her research and publishing on the health and rights of marginalized populations, such as people who use drugs. The School of Public Health student has published in peer-reviewed journals and has, in turn, been invited to serve as a peer reviewer in her area of expertise. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 2014.

Christopher Godfrey, Executive Master’s in Healthcare LeadershipChristopher Godfrey, Executive Master’s in Healthcare Leadership

Godfrey, who is part of the first cohort of the Executive Master’s in Healthcare Leadership, will receive the Award for Professional Excellence. In his Critical Challenge Project, he tackled the uneven geographic distribution of blood supply in the U.S. market, creating Bloodbuy. The cloud-based platform uses algorithms to make blood products available on a national basis, aiming to both decrease hospital costs and the waste of blood, which has a limited shelf life.

Amelia Grabowski, Public HumanitiesAmelia Grabowski, Public Humanities

Grabowski, who is in the Master’s program in Public Humanities, will be honored for her engaged citizenship and community service at the local, state and national level. Her projects range from oral history exhibitions and developing an education portal for high school audiences to creating a guide for a national traveling exhibition called the Guantanamo Public Memory Project.

Don Operario, Associate Dean of Master’s Education, will present the awards at the Commencement Convocation, which is on Sunday, May 24, at 10:15 am on Simmons Quadrangle.

~Beverly Larson