Skip to main content

University of Washington School of Public Health

Annual SPH Awards of Excellence

The SPH Awards recognize exemplary staff, faculty, students, and community partners for their dedication, service, and many contributions they make to our School.

2015 School of Public Health Student, Faculty, and Staff Awards

Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence

Trevor PeckhamMaster’s – Trevor Peckham, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Trevor will graduate this spring with two Master’s degrees: Environmental Health and Public Administration. His research looks at dermal exposures to a carcinogenic combustion product found in soil, with implications for workers cleaning up contaminated sites. He has been active in his department’s Student Advisory Council, was vice president of the School’s Student Public Health Association, and played a leadership role in establishing the Dean’s Advisory Council for Students. His academic and civic achievements reflect his potential to significantly contribute to public health and public policy.


Peter CherutichPhD – Peter Cherutich, Global Health
Peter was nominated for his outstanding achievement within the public health community. He is a first-generation PhD student and the first graduate of the Doctoral Program in Global Health: Metrics and Implementation Science. He has dedicated his research to measuring the impact of HIV prevention interventions on HIV incidence and survival. His work as Kenya’s Deputy Head, National AIDS/STD Control Programme, will continue to develop future global health leaders and scientists in Africa.


Anderson-O’Connell award for Outstanding Staff Service

Kevin SchudaKevin Schuda, Epidemiology
Kevin has been at the UW for 21 years, and came to the Department of Epidemiology in 2014 from the Institute for Public Health Genetics. He serves as Curriculum Coordinator and helps with student services and counseling. He was recognized for his superior service to the department with his background knowledge of curriculum and student academic needs, as well as his welcoming attitude towards students.


Community Partners Service Award

Farhiya MohamedFarhiya Mohamed
Farhiya Mohamed is a native of Somalia and a local leader in community organizing. For more that 10 years, she has been working with the Schools of Public Health and Social Work in issues such as domestic violence, leadership and mental health among the refugee and immigrant communities in south King County. As director of the Somali Family Safety Task Force, she is committed to collaborations with faculty and students. Over the years various teams have developed and run focus groups, workshops and informational outreach.


Outstanding Staff
Biostatistics – Judy Powell
DEOHS – Alison Laing
Epidemiology – Kevin Schuda
Global Health – Pat Gentino
Health Services – Carmen Velasquez
Office of the Dean – Stephanie Shadbolt

Communicating Public Health to the Public
Mary Anne Mercer, Global Health and Health Services

Making a Difference Award
COPHP (Community Oriented Public Health Practice Team)

Staff Community Service
Eric Vigoren, DEOHS

Student Community Service
Lorelei Walker

Outstanding TA
Mohamed Albirair

Outstanding Faculty Teaching
Jaisri Lingappa, Global Health

Outstanding Faculty Mentor
Joel Kaufman, DEOHS and Epidemiology

Outstanding Undergraduate Students
Kelson Okimoto, Health Informatics and Health Information Management
Elisabeth Lara, Environmental Health
Margaret Babayan, Public Health

Outstanding Master’s Students
Biostatistics – Michael Garcia
DEOHS – Jonathan Nagata
Epidemiology – Paige Wartko
Global Health – D. Allen Roberts
Health Services – Sigolène Ortega
Interdisciplinary Programs – Katherine Getts (Nutrition)

Outstanding PhD Students
Biostatistics – Clara Dominquez-Islas
DEOHS – Sheldwin Yazzie
Epidemiology – Biraj Karmacharya
Global Health – Caitlin Milligan
Health Services – Laura Chavez
Interdisciplinary Programs – Elizabeth Dorfman (Public Health Genetics)


List of Recipients

2014, 2013, 2012 , past recipients