Summer Student Programs and Seminar Series

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Today the Institute for Public Health and its Global Health Center welcome the students participating in the 2015 Summer Research Programs, PHASE and SPRINGH. The Public Health Advanced Summer Education (PHASE) program was created with support from a Diversity and Inclusion Grant from the Office of the Provost, and the Summer Program for Research in Global Health (SPRINGH) is offered with support from the Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, and Pathology and Immunology.

The competitive programs offer students the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty mentors on special research projects focused on public health and global health. There will be a series of seminars offered throughout June and July, as well as a culminating symposium for both PHASE and SPRINGH, all of which will be open to the public (details below; RSVP requested).

PHASE 2015 Participants

Tatiana Bierut, Hamilton College (mentor: Patricia Cavazos-Rehg)
Brianna Cusanno, Allegheny College (mentor: Mary Politi)
Mobolaji Fowose, Washington University (mentor: Patricia Cavazos-Rehg)
Mohamed Ammar Gabir, Washington University (mentor: Allison King)
Catalina Garcia, University of Florida (mentor: Laura Bierut)
Duaa Kuziez, Maryville University (mentor: Elizabeth Quinn)
Amanda Lee, Boston University (mentor: David Patterson)
Alexis McCathern, University of Pittsburgh (mentor: Rumi Kato Price)
Kidist Zewdie, Washington University (mentor: Kathleen Bucholz)

SPRINGH 2015 Participants

Melissa Chapnick, Saint Louis University (mentor: Lora Iannotti)
Charmayne Cooley, Washington University (mentor: Lora Iannotti)
Elizabeth Daniels, Washington University (mentors: Christina Stallings, Jacqueline Kimmey)
Meredith Klashman, Washington University (mentor: Gaya Amarasinghe)
Ying-Chiang (Jeffrey) Lee, Washington University (mentors: Skip Virgin, Robert Orchard, Amal Kambal)
Lingzi Luo, Washington University (mentors: Tom Cox, Anshuman Sharma, Arbi Ben Abdallah)
Marwa Mikati, Mount Holyoke College (mentor: Audrey Odom)
Karthik Rohatgi, Washington University (mentor: Indi Trehan)
Ya Haddy Sallah, Wittenberg University (mentor: Jacco Boon)
Simon Yadgir, Saint Louis University (mentor: Edward Pearce)

Follow Along on Tumblr

The SPRINGH and PHASE students will be documenting their time in the program on a group blog via Tumblr. Check it out at

2015 Seminars & Symposium

We will offer a number of seminars throughout June and July as part of the PHASE & SPRINGH programs, as well as a symposium for each program, which are open to all.

June 10: Birds, Biology, and Business
June 17: Global Aging
June 18: Research to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and Related Neglected Tropical Diseases
June 24: Design for Health Where There Is No Doctor
July 1: Networks of Exchanging Antibiotic Resistance in Commensal, Environmental, and Pathogenic Bacteria
July 15: My Five Lives in Public Health
July 16: Applying to Medical School
July 22: Chance, Choice and Challenges
July 23: State of the ART: From HIV Trials to Motivating Policy
July 29: Findings from the CHOICE Project
July 30: PHASE Symposium
July 31: SPRINGH Symposium