Epidemiology Student Awards

The Dr. Saba Masho Endowed Scholarship in Epidemiology was initiated in 2018 by a contribution from Dr. Abraham Teklu in loving memory of his wife, Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH. Since then, interested friends, colleagues, and alumni have started making contributions toward the scholarship fund to provide substantial and meaningful support for PhD and MPH students in epidemiology and public health.  The endowed scholarship honors the impact and legacy of Dr. Masho’s outstanding contributions to public health through her many years of dedicated teaching, mentoring, and research at Virginia Commonwealth University.  

We are proud to honor her by ensuring that the Epidemiology Division that she chaired will grow and prosper, inspired by her memory.

Division Chair, Professor, teacher, and mentor Dr. Saba Masho passed away on May 28, 2018, after a lengthy illness. A vital member of the Division of Epidemiology (formerly known as the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health) since 2001, Dr. Masho served as an inspiration to countless faculty members, staff, and perhaps most importantly, graduate students. As family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate her life, it became evident how many lives she impacted in myriad ways. In addition to the importance and far-reaching significance of her work, her guidance, friendship, and kindness were particularly meaningful to all who crossed paths with her.

a lasting legacy

  • memorial contributions may be made to the fund
  • please choose Masho, Endowed Scholarship in Epidemiology/Saba in the pull-down menu
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award recipients

2020-2021

DaShaunda D.H. Taylor, M.P.H. [View Image]

DaShaunda D.H. Taylor, M.P.H.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology program

DaShaunda D.H. Taylor, M.P.H. [View Image]

DaShaunda D.H. Taylor, M.P.H.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology program

2020 recipient

Pamela Bailey, D.O., M.P.H. [View Image]

Pamela Bailey, D.O., M.P.H.

M.P.H. program

Pamela Bailey, D.O., M.P.H. [View Image]

Pamela Bailey, D.O., M.P.H.

M.P.H. program

2020 recipient

Whitney Graves, M.P.H. [View Image]

Whitney Graves, M.P.H.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology program

Whitney Graves, M.P.H. [View Image]

Whitney Graves, M.P.H.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology program

2021 recipient

Evelyn Jones, M.P.H. [View Image]

Evelyn Jones, M.P.H.

M.P.H. program

Evelyn Jones, M.P.H. [View Image]

Evelyn Jones, M.P.H.

M.P.H. program

2021 recipient

Each year, the Christopher "Kim" Buttery Award recognizes one student who displays excellence in chronic disease epidemiology, bridging research and practice within public health. The award was established in 2017 in honor of C.M.G. Buttery, M.D., M.P.H., a faculty member who taught hundreds of public health students at VCU over the past three decades. Student awardees are recognized with a monetary award that comes from generous donations by friends of the Delta Eta Chapter.

public health excellence

  • contributions may be made to the fund
  • please note that they are not tax-deductible
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award recipients

2017-2021

Danielle Shelton, M.P.H. [View Image]

Danielle Shelton, M.P.H.

Danielle Shelton, M.P.H. [View Image]

Danielle Shelton, M.P.H.

2017 Recipient

Josh Montgomery, M.P.H. [View Image]

Josh Montgomery, M.P.H.

Josh Montgomery, M.P.H. [View Image]

Josh Montgomery, M.P.H.

2018 recipient

Rose Bono, M.P.H. [View Image]

Rose Bono, M.P.H.

Rose Bono, M.P.H. [View Image]

Rose Bono, M.P.H.

2019 recipient

Taylor Reid, M.P.H. [View Image]

Taylor Reid, M.P.H.

Taylor Reid, M.P.H. [View Image]

Taylor Reid, M.P.H.

2020 recipient

Alexis Donaldson, M.P.H. [View Image]

Alexis Donaldson, M.P.H.

Alexis Donaldson, M.P.H. [View Image]

Alexis Donaldson, M.P.H.

2021 recipient

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