May 17, 2010

McMullan Award

Seitz wins for engaged, exceptional scholarship

Scot Seitz accepts his award from Joanne Brzinski.

Graduate Scot Seitz is the 2010 winner of the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, one of Emory’s highest student honors that also comes with $20,000 — no strings attached.

He was nominated by several administrators, staff and faculty for his exceptional scientific research and engaged scholarship, combined with a dedication to community building.

The award, endowed by Emory alumnus William L. Matheson in honor of his uncle.

The double major in biology and women’s studies finished his degree last December with a near-perfect 3.99 GPA. He used his research background in public health and epidemiology to write an honor’s thesis examining disproportionate rates of HIV infection in African American women.

Seitz conducted research at the Rollins School of Public Health under the guidance of professors Christine Moe, director of the Emory Center for Global Safe Water, and Juan Leon, including a research project in Bolivia to study ecological sanitation, and has presented that research nationally and internationally.

Seitz will spend the next two years working for Teach For America in Atlanta then attend graduate school for a master’s in public health and doctorate in epidemiology.

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