Students

Brianna Siracuse, Master’s Student in Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Shaping Science-Based Policy to Prevent Breast Cancer

Brianna Siracuse

Reading environmental literature was a call to action for master’s student Brianna Siracue, whose background is in chemistry and toxicology. As a public health student at Michigan, she is bringing together environmental health sciences with policy work to improve health and safety for all. Read more

Kaitlyn Akel, Master’s Student in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Confronting COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy with Public Health History

Kaitlyn Akel

Kaitlyn Akel combines her study of history and biology with her passion for public health to protect entire populations. From urban health to vaccine hesitancy to environmental health, Akel’s work connects academic and cultural insights to provide broader understandings of community health. Read more

Cassie Gaskins, master's student in Environmental Health Sciences

First Generation Student Works to Protect Energy Workers

Cassie Gaskins

Keeping workers safe while on the job is a passion for master’s student Cassie Gaskins, especially as new technologies present new challenges. With the construction and energy industries booming in Michigan, she will have plenty of opportunities to apply her expertise. Read more

Kwame McGlory, MPH student

A Desire to Heal: One Nurse Pursues Public Health during a Pandemic

Kwame McGlory

Kwame McGlory says, as a nurse, you are always active, always helping, and no matter what role he is in, that spirit is what drives him. Over this past year, he has had a unique view of the COVID-19 pandemic: he’s faced this crisis head on as a health care worker, a contact tracer, and as a public health student. While he studies public health online, he continues to prioritize the well-being of others and actively help the community he serves. Read more

Kennedy Dubose

Turning Experience, Knowledge, and Education into Better Public Health

Kennedy Dubose

Kennedy Dubose studies public health not only for personal and intellectual reasons but also for what she sees as moral, ethical imperatives. Growing up, she saw public health systems failing Black communities. With a combination of local and global training, she is looking to promote more equitable community health in Detroit and around the globe. Read more

Emilio Ronquillo

For the Health of California's Workers and Their Environments

Emilio Ronquillo

The field of industrial hygiene is a bridge between human workers and the risky environments many must navigate to earn a living, says master’s student Emilio Ronquillo. He is studying industrial hygiene at Michigan to help create safety improvements that protect not only workers but also their families and communities. Read more