PHHP Commencement Awards Announced

Brittny Silke and Chris Dela Cruz have been named the recipients of the UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship.  The award was presented at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions convocation and recognizes graduate/professional students who have completed at least one semester of coursework in the College of Public Health and Health Professions; have a strong commitment to the ideals and endeavors of his/her profession; and have also garnered strong faculty endorsement.

Rehabilitation Science PhD student and T32 trainee, Alison Barnard, was awarded the Frederick Family Scholarship. The award recognizes a student who has dedication and service to the profession, exceptional dependability, and self-reliance and dedication to the pursuit of the doctoral degree.  Barnard is mentored by Dr. Krista Vandenborne.

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Dr. Trevor Lentz, mentored by Dr. Steven George, received two awards: the “Outstanding Student Publication” award for his publication: “Development of a Yellow Flag Assessment Tool for Orthoapedic Physical Therapists: Results from the Optimal Screening of Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort.” as well as the prestigious Dean’s Scholar award, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments.

Rehabilitation Science PhD alumnus, Jayakrishnan Nair, was named recipient of the “Best Paper” award for his publication entitled  “Histological identification of phrenic afferent projections to spinal cord.” This annual award recognizes a PhD student who publishes an outstanding paper in a quality, peer-reviewed journal.  Nair was mentored by Dr. David Fuller and is currently completing a post-doc fellowship in the Dr. Barry J. Byrne Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Florida.