The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions celebrated outstanding students and graduates at the college’s annual convocation ceremony April 29th. At the ceremony, Rehabilitation Science student, Alison Barnard, was awarded the Frederick Family Scholarship. This award recognizes a student for dedication and service to the profession, exceptional dependability, treatment of others with positive regard, dignity, and respect, and self-reliance and dedication to the pursuit of the doctoral degree.
Alison was selected for this award because she embodies all of these characteristics. She is consistently portrays an uplifting sprit, spearheads the performance of subject testing for multiple grants and clinical trials, has presented her data at a national and international level, and exceeds at tasks and projects which are not directly related to her PhD study. Her mentor, Dr. Krista Vandenborne writes, “throughout my 20-year career in academia, I have interacted with many bright, energetic students eager to learn, however, I would rank Alison Barnard in the top 2% in terms of her treatment of others, service to the profession, and dedication toward her doctoral degree.”