2021 Graduate Student Public Health Awards

2021 Public Health Impact Award, Master’s

Recognizes up to three exceptional graduating SPH Master's students for their impact in Scholarship and/or Professional Contributions.

Ana Lucia Espinosa Dice

Ana Lucia Espinosa Dice, AM Biostatistics

“Ana Lucia is an all-around team player who takes on large portions of work for multiple NIH studies while still balancing her coursework and TA responsibilities. She does not shy away from a challenge. She consistently pushes her comfort levels by diving into complex methodologies and new fields of research.”

Yufei Li

Yufei Li, MPH

“Yufei is the most inquisitive, motivated, and hard-working master’s student I’ve ever known. At the end of her first-year in the MPH program, encouraged by one of her professors, she expanded a dataset and conducted additional analyses for her final project. After her hard work, she successfully published the paper in Public Health Nutrition as the first author.”

Enyonam Odoom

Enyonam “Miss’e” Odoom, MPH

“Miss’e has demonstrated her academic ability, work ethic, leadership skills, intellectual curiosity, and, most of all, her commitment to community service and diversity and inclusion. She has truly embodied the mission held by the School of Public Health of ‘learning public health by doing public health.’”


2021 Public Health Impact Award, Doctoral

Recognizes one exceptional graduating SPH Doctoral student for impact in Scholarship and/or Professional Contributions.

Gabriella Silva

Gabriella Silva, PhD Biostatistics

“Gaby is a valued collaborator and mentor for other students, and is a true leader in every sense. I have no doubt that she will make significant contributions to biostatistics and health services research.”


2021 Public Health Diversity & Inclusion Catalyst Award, Master's

Recognizes one exceptional graduating SPH Master's student for impact to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity within the Department/Program, School of Public Health, University, local city/state, and/or broader communities.

Gregorio Benitez

Gregorio Benitez, MPH

“While the output of Greg’s thesis was designed for state level, there has already been national and international interest in sharing his results so that the evidence synthesis can inform broader initiatives.”


2021 Public Health Diversity & Inclusion Catalyst Award, Doctoral

Recognizes one exceptional graduating SPH Doctoral student for impact to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity within the Department/Program, School of Public Health, University, local city/state, and/or broader communities.

Courtney Choy

Courtney Choy, PhD Epidemiology

“Throughout her time volunteering for SPH recruitment events, Courtney helped create a culture of inclusion, inspiring and influencing prospective students and her colleagues alike. By sharing her story and modeling respect and inclusive treatment, she has been an ideal ambassador for the School and its highest ideals.”


2021 Community-Engaged Public Health Citizen Award

Recognizes one exceptional graduating master’s or doctoral student who has demonstrated a commitment to building community across Providence.

Kelsey MacKinnon

Kelsey MacKinnon, MPH

“Kelsey’s achievements have not only been in the workforce and the classroom, but also in her authentic commitment to bettering the lives of women and families who live in Providence and in the State of Rhode Island. She will surely leave her mark as an engaged citizen in her community.”


2021 Commitment to Service Award

Recognizes one exceptional graduating master’s or doctoral student who has served as a leader within the school working to promote a stronger and better Brown SPH community.

Scarlett Bergam

Scarlett Bergam, MPH

“Whether as a department leader for the Public Health concentration, a founder and president of a nonprofit, a teaching assistant for Master’s students, a Team Leader for high-school students aspiring to go into medicine, or the captain of a Division 1 women’s squash team, she has been continually fulfilled by the growth of her mentees. Scarlett has crafted a mature leadership style that guides her students and mentees to success.”


2021 Excellence in Teaching Experiences Award

Recognizes one exceptional doctoral student who completed a Teaching Assistantship or Teaching Experience within the last academic year. Nominees need not be graduating students.

Kira DiClemente

Kira DiClemente, PhD Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

“Kira excelled in her professionalism, reliability, technical proficiency with online platforms, ability to connect with students, and availability to support any students in need of additional mentoring. Her presentations were clear and engaging, and provided important applied examples to help the students better understand the process of qualitative data analysis. She was very sensitive to students’ experiences throughout the semester, including during periods of social unrest and during the electoral period, and I greatly appreciated her help to navigate these challenges thoughtfully.”


2021 Alumni Impact Award

Recognizes one exceptional master’s or doctoral alumnus making a significant impact in their community and/or in their field

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MPH'11

“During the pandemic Dr. Alexander-Scott has worked to make Rhode Island a national leader in per-capita testing for the virus and a leader in the equitable distribution of the vaccine. She has been called a “rock star in RI state government” by Rhode Island Public Radio. Her participation in the daily televised briefings were a master class in clear, calm, and informative crisis communication.”