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    Congratulations to our 2024 graduates

Making a Meaningful Difference

The Arnold School is proud of our 2024 graduates, who will go on to change the world locally and globally. 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. Check back to see who won the 2024 Student Awards

 

Meet a Few of Our Graduates

We have featured a few of our outstanding students who are graduating in 2024. Click on the stories below to learn more about their journeys. 

Paige Jones

Paige Jones

M.S. in Epidemiology student Paige Jones believes that her coursework and work experiences have prepared her for positions in a research lab, health department or hospital settings.

Titi Abiodun

Titi Abiodun

As an undergraduate research assistant in the Nolan Lab of Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Titi Abiodun became even more passionate about using science to improve public health.

Anika Nair

Anika Nair

Anika Nair She graduates this month with Leadership Distinction in Research and is the recipient of the USC Outstanding Senior and President's Awards. She is planning a career in pediatric medicine.

Bryan Wolf

Bryan Wolf

At the Arnold School, Bryan Wolf became passionate about understanding health on a macro scale, including the nuances of health care systems and developing cultural competence. He served as an ambassador for the school and found several mentors and ways to give back.

Darby Mihelich

Darby Mihelich

As members of the United States Air Force, Darby Mihelich's parents inspired her to pursue a career as a public health officer in the military branch that had become a second home to them all.

Emily Barros

Emily Barros

Emily Barros will spend the summer as a fellow in the Diversity in Addiction Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she will focus on tobacco use research and obtain her medical Spanish interpreter's license.

Anusha Ghosh

Anusha Ghosh

Knowing that she wanted to address inequities both in the U.S. and globally, Anusha Ghosh selected public health and Spanish has the concentration areas for her BARSC-MD (Accelerated Undergraduate to MD Program) at the South Carolina Honors College.

Hayley Mason

Hayley Mason

With an acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of Law, Hayley Mason plans to focus on the impact of health policy on health outcomes - eventually at the national and international level.

Emily Hackworth

Emily Hackworth

During her Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program, Emily Hackworth's research has focused on factors that predict nicotine use, including mental health, gender identity and risk perceptions.

Allie McDermott

Allie McDermott

After graduating with Leadership Distinction in Community Service and the Outstanding Senior Award in May, Allie McDermott will gain additional experience as a research coordinator for the Rubin Lab at the University of Chicago before applying to medical school.

Shanikque Barksdale

Shanikque Barksdale

Shanikque Barksdale graduates in May with six peer-reviewed publications to her name. With interests in maternal and child health, telehealth and rural health, she is perfectly positioned in her role at DHEC to continue making an impact in these areas.

Tyson Ansani

Tyson Ansani

After spending a gap year in Ghana, public health major Tyson Ansani will attend medical school. Volunteering at the Columbia Free Medical Clinic and a medical mission trip to Guatemala have opened his eyes to the health disparities he'd like to address. 

Jaimeen Shawh

Jaimeen Shah

Public health gradaute Jaimeen Shah is heading to medical school this fall. He says that health policy internships, public health classes and a welcoming university community have given him a passion for community-based advocacy.

Madison Paternostro

Madison Paternostro

As a student in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Madison Paternostro developed an interest in clinical operations within health systems - particularly at outpatient facilities where patients receive most of their care.

Lauren McAbee

Lauren McAbee

Greenville, South Carolina native Lauren McAbee loved her experience in the B.S. in Public Health program so continuing at the Arnold School for her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree was an easy decision.

Kimberly Nardi

Kimberly Nardi

After graduating in May, Professional Athletic Training Student Above and Beyond Award winner Kimberly Nardi will begin working with professional and collegiate athletes at a performance-based sports complex in Georgia.

Dakshu Jindal

Dakshu Jindal

During her Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management program, Dakshu Jindal gained research experience as a graduate assistant on projects within her department and at the Center for Community Health Alignment.





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