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    Congratulations to our 2021 graduates

Making a Meaningful Difference

The Arnold School is proud of our students, especially our 2021 graduates who have persevered during this challenging time. Every year, faculty, staff, students, friends and family look forward to celebrating graduates at hooding and commencement ceremonies. 

Award Winners

Each year, the Arnold School and our departments recognize outstanding graduate students with awards. Visit our awards page to see this year's winners. 

Meet a Few of Our Graduates

We have featured a few of our outstanding students who are graduating in 2021. Click on the stories below to learn more about their journeys. 

Victoria Simpson

Victoria Simpson

Following her May 2021 graduation, Victoria Simpson headed north to begin the first step in her career: a seasonal athletic training internship with the New York Jets where she also participates in the organization's community outreach efforts.

Jessica Simon

Jessica Simon

Jessica Simon was perfectly positioned to support the Midlands when the COVID-19 pandemic began. She was working as a graduate research assistant when the state shut down in response to surging infection rates of SARS-CoV-2 in March of 2020. 

Abby Spencer

Abby Spencer

August graduate Abby Spencer has completed a  degree in public health as foundation for career in genetic counseling. 

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

After graduating this past May, Williams accepted a position as the head athletic trainer at Ben Lippen School. She applies the lessons she learned from her athletic training courses and clinical experiences every day.

Jenny Heiser

Jenny Heiser

When Jennifer Heiser’s dad had a massive stroke, it changed everything. The Madison, Wisconsin-based family moved to South Carolina, and Heiser spent the next 10 years as a part-time student, part-time professional and part-time caregiver. 

Olivia Ramos

Olivia Ramos

Olivia Ramos discovered photos of Carolina’s beautiful campus and then followed up with a tour that included in-person views of the horseshoe and hearing student testimonials first-hand. 

Anne Elise Nicoladis

Anne Elise Nicoladis

The field of speech-language pathology tied everything together for Anne Elise Nicoladis. As an undergraduate at UofSC, she knew she wanted to work with children, and she knew she had a passion for research.

Emma Mitsui

Emma Mitsui

Emma Mitsui discovered public health when she took some courses as an undergraduate student. She became interested in the intersection of health and social justice and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Rebecca Harper

Rebecca Harper

When Rebecca Harper decided to earn a master’s degree, she looked for outstanding programs that offered distance education options so she could continue serving as a speech-language pathology assistant for a district school board.

Chengbo Zeng

Chengbo Zeng

Chengbo Zeng graduates with 27 peer-reviewed publications and 31 presentations to his name. He received two of his department’s highest honors: the Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and the Olga I. Ogoussan Doctoral Research Award. 

Blythe Vickery

Blythe Vickery

Blythe Vickery has two main lessons to share from her time at the Arnold School: be inquisitive and keep an open mind. The master's student graduates in August, but the Arnold School became her home during her junior year as an undergrad.

Emily Saathoff

Emily Saathoff

As a Rotary Scholar, Emily Saathoff will focus on maternal and child health, specifically maternal mortality rates due to pregnancy-related complications. Her goal is contribute to advancing equity in this area through prevention. 

Mohit Chowdhury

Mohiuddin (Mohit) Chowdhury

As a student in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, Mohit Chowdhury developed interests and expertise in maternal and child health, mental health, developmental disabilities, health systems research, quality of care, nutrition and non-communicable diseases. 

Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

Corporate accountant Leslie Watson returned to school to earn a Master of Health Administration and pursue a career in healthcare. The May graduate’s next stop will be a residency with a major insurance organization. 

Matt Trogdon

Marine Corps staff Sergeant earns public health degree to improve mental health for military service members and veterans

UofSC appealed to Matt Trogdon because of the Arnold School's rankings as a top tier public health program (No. 13 in 2020 among public universities according to U.S. News & World Report) and its top notch Navy ROTC program. 

Carson Collins

Carson Collins

Carson Collins chose public health as the perfect foundation for her career in medicine. This summer she will enroll at UofSC School of Medicine Greenville in pursuit of equity in women’s health. 

Wendy Besmann

Wendy Besmann

The Arnold School’s Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior was a natural fit for learning more about her public health interests in disseminating research findings, and Wendy Besmann jumped into the program. 

Maddison Hauge

Maddison Hauge

M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training graduate Maddison Hauge is bringing athletic training expertise and a public health focus to residency position at The Steadman Clinic.

Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Ph.D. in Exercise Science graduate Allison Smith is pursuing a career in academia focusing on female athlete triad, eating disorder risk, and body image dissatisfaction.

 


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