Student Awards & Honors
Faculty and students in our public health programs work in close collaboration with one another. Students gain knowledge, skills, and peers as they work to complete their graduate education in all growing areas of public health. And student work is recognized through a variety of awards.
Master of Public Health Student Awards
MPH Academic Achievement Award
To the graduating student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has consistently demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement and who shows promise for making significant contributions to public health practice.
Outstanding MPH Applied Learning Experience Award
To the graduating student in the Master of Public Health Program who best demonstrates the ability to apply public health knowledge and skills to address a significant public health issue, who identified resources and overcame obstacles in the course of the work, and who demonstrated a commitment to the project and to the health of the public during the course of the project.
H. Jack Geiger Public Health Advocacy Award
This award is made possible via a generous gift from an alumni, Melanie Doupé Gaiser, MPH’07. The award is given to a graduating student from the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs who has demonstrated a body of work contributing to advocacy for public health and social justice. By recognizing such work, the Tufts PHPD hopes to instill in all students a lifelong interest in and commitment to advancing social justice and the health of the public.
Health Communication Student Awards
Murray Feingold and Timothy Johnson Health Communication Academic Achievement Award
To the graduating student in health communication who has consistently demonstrated the highest level of academic and professional achievement. This award also recognizes the outstanding contributions of Drs. Murray Feingold and Timothy Johnson to the field of health communication.
The Norman S. Stearns Applied Learning Experience Award in Health Communication
This award is given annually to the student who best demonstrated an ability to apply health communication knowledge and skills to address an important health or public health problem. The award recognizes the commitment of Dr. Norman S. Stearns to the establishment of a health communication program at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dual-degree Student Awards
Norman S. Stearns M.D./M.B.A. Award
This award is given annually to one student in the combined M.D./M.B.A. program who displays excellence in academics and leadership.
Ian MacNeill, Ph.D. Award
To the graduating student who demonstrated an outstanding ability to analyze and interpret and display and communicate critical information derived from research data. This award honors the work of Dr. Ian MacNeill, who through his academic career has set the standard for research and scholarship in applying analytical tools in public health sciences.
Pain Research, Education and Policy Student Awards
The Saltonstall Award for Excellence in Pain Research, Education and Policy
For the outstanding graduating student in the Pain Research, Education and Policy Program to recognize achievement in, and dedication to advancing, this patient-centered field. This award honors the Saltonstall family’s long-term support for pain research and education as the basis for patient-centered policies and clinical care to improve the quality of life of pain sufferers.
Biomedical Sciences Student Awards
MS in Biomedical Sciences Program Student Service Award
This award has been established by the MBS Program to recognize one MBS student for dedicated service, demonstrating a high level of social responsibility and civic engagement.
MS in Biomedical Sciences Program Student Leadership Award
This award has been established by the MBS Program to recognize one MBS student for outstanding leadership, demonstrating a commitment to excellence and leading by example.
MS in Biomedical Sciences Academic Achievement Award
To the graduating student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has consistently demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement.
Physician Assistant Student Awards
Marsha Semuels Leadership Award
This award is named in honor of Marsha Semuels, the former Executive Dean at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dean Semuels was visionary in proposing that Tufts University School of Medicine develop a Physician Assistant Program. She was instrumental in actualizing this nascent concept to the robust Physician Assistant Program we have today. Nominated by their fellow students, the recipient of this award is recognized for having served as a student and community leader during their tenure here at Tufts. This individual epitomizes the best of the Tufts tradition: active citizenship, professional engagement and student activism.
A. Wells Ziegra Compassionate Care Award
This award is named in honor of the late Albert Wells Ziegra, an emeritus physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at Tufts Medical Center and respected faculty member for the PA Program at Tufts University School of Medicine. Professor Ziegra demonstrated patience, humor, and a passion for medicine both in and outside of the classroom. He took pride in his profession and enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with students in order to deepen their understanding. He exuded kindness and possessed a sense of humor that positively impacted all those around him. Nominated by the principal faculty, the recipient of this award is recognized for their passion and dedication to the physician assistant profession. This individual demonstrates a desire to help others and an eagerness to learn and share new knowledge.
Distinguish Student Award
This award is given by the Principal Faculty to a member of the graduating class in recognition of their exceptional commitment to the Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, their dedication and professionalism in all aspects of their training.
Awards & Recognition for all Graduate Students
Delta Omega Award
The purpose of the Delta Omega Society is to encourage excellence in public health scholarship and research and to recognize academic and professional achievement in the field of public health. The MPH Program is the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Delta Omega and their inductees this year are being honored for their demonstration of real or potential qualities of leadership in public health in addition to academic excellence.
Honos Civicus Society
Honos Civicus, Latin for “civic honors”, celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at PHPD. Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the program’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.