Environmental Health Sciences students receive scholarships at American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference

Five MPH candidates studying Industrial Hygiene at the University of Michigan School of Public Health received scholarships at the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Conference on June 7, 2017.

"Students in our Industrial Hygiene program have consistently been very successful in receiving these competitive American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) scholarships,” says Rick Neitzel, associate chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health. “That's no coincidence—our students are very talented, and they work extremely hard. The AIHF scholarships provide invaluable financial support, as well as recognition for hard work and excellent scholastic performance. We are deeply indebted to the members of AIHF for their long-standing and generous support of graduate education in Industrial Hygiene." 

Allyson O’Connell received the George and Florence Clayton Scholarship. O'Connell graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in Occupational Safety and Health Management and Allied Health Sciences. This past year, O’Connell interned at Perrigo Company as the Environmental Health and Safety Student Associate focusing on industrial hygiene. During her time at Perrigo, O’Connell conducted air and noise sampling, assisted in analyzing results and provided recommendations to the site based on results. She also assisted in laboratory safety inspections and conducted laser safety assessments on class 4 lasers. O’Connell previously interned with Domino's, where she conducted ergonomic evaluations, researched new training programs and analyzed injury data to identify trends and patterns. 

Emmanuel Zervoudakis received the Michigan IH Society Merit Scholarship and the 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship. Zervoudakis graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a BS in Environmental Sciences. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy,​ where​ he served as a Surface Warfare Officer on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19, ​​forward-deployed ​to​ Yokosuka, Japan​) and as the first navigator of USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)​. In these roles, he was privileged to work ​alongside many dedicated sailors who provided invaluable leadership experiences and taught him real-world applications, and implications, of many industrial hygiene practices. Zervoudakis ​left active duty in February 2012 ​and spent a year exploring his personal​ interests. In 2013 he moved to New Orleans, where he taught high school science and math, ran local human resources operations for a farm-to-doorstep grocery delivery service, distilled rum and moonlighted as a film extra for Jurassic World and NCIS.

Andrea Guytingco received the Ralph G. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Guytingco graduated from the U-M School of Kinesiology with a degree in Movement Science. In summer 2015, she interned with Health Poverty Action (HPA), a nonprofit organization based in London that works to improve local policies and practices, educate communities on topics such as sanitation and water safety, and strengthen health services in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She was the lead program coordinator for March for Mothers, a 5K walk that raises funds for the maternal health projects HPA manages in Africa and Latin America. With a degree in Industrial Hygiene, Guytingco hopes to contribute to safer working conditions and limit workplace exposures with a focus on global occupational health.

Benjamin Moore received the Ralph G. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Moore completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Alabama where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene. Moore is currently working a summer internship at one of the largest Chevron oil refineries in the world, located in Pascagoula, MS. He aspires to become both a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Moore is the first in his immediate family to pursue a college degree and hopes to work in the oil and gas industry upon graduation. His hobbies include weightlifting and playing soccer with friends. Moore also loves to travel and has frequently visited national parks such as Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon and others.

Taylor Tarpey received the Ralph G. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Tarpey graduated from U-M with a BS in Neuroscience in 2015. During her undergraduate education, she explored the field of health care through off-campus positions in animal clinics, university research positions and volunteer positions at various community centers. During her junior and senior years at U-M, Tarpey assisted a research team in behavioral and social experimentation involving genetic changes in Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. After graduation, Tarpey worked as a neurovisual administrative assistant at Vision Specialists of Michigan in Bloomfield Hills, where she performed check-in duties and optometric testing with patients, and developed the electronic health patient portal and training guide for the staff. Tarpey discovered a passion for public health during her senior year at U-M and decided to pursue an MPH during her gap year.