Graduate Scholar Recipients

Alicia Chung Mark Caldwell
Marie-Eve Couture Menard Jake New
Katrina Pariera Camille Stengel
Mona Hassan

Graduate Scholar Winners

Alicia Chung
Growing up in a household of fresh vegetables and Caribbean spices, it was no surprise that Alicia Chung became a student of public health. After following a medical track in high school, she went on to pursue her BA/MPH at Tufts University in 2001. During this time, her interest in urban pediatric asthma flourished as part of her undergraduate work in Harlem, New York. After working on the training and development of various adolescent asthma programs at the Boston Public Health Commission, she came back to New York as a healthcare analyst. She is currently the senior editorial analyst at Corporate Research Group, a managed care news publication outlet. She manages competitive consulting projects, conducts market research and produces industry meetings throughout the year. She has also co-authored numerous research reports, including ROI and Outcomes of Wellness Initiatives. Ms. Chung is currently pursuing her doctorate in health education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She plans to apply her degree towards the design, implementation and evaluation of worksite wellness programs.

Marie-Eve Couture Menard
Marie-Eve Couture Menard graduated from the Université de Montréal with an LL.B. and an LL.M. in Law and biotechnology. She is also a member of the Quebec Bar. After working as an articling student in a firm specialized in medical liability, she is now pursuing a Doctorate in Civil Law at McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law under the supervision of Prof. Lara Khoury. Her thesis analyzes legal issues stemming from the application of the collaborative governance model in the public health sector, such as responsibility sharing, legitimacy and conflicts of interests. Ms. Menard’s research interests include biomedical ethics, law and biotechnology and public health governance.

Katrina Pariera
Katrina Pariera is a Doctoral Student in Communication at the University of Southern California. She received her M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University in 2009, and her B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University in 2006, where she was Ronald E. McNair scholar. She has also studied at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Pariera is originally from Oregon where she worked as a social worker for several years, and has also lived in South Korea where she taught English as a foreign language. Her academic interests are in health communication, sexual and social norms, sex education and representations of sexuality in mainstream media.


Mona Hassan
Mona Hassan is in the final year of her doctoral studies in Nursing at the Case Western Reserve University. She is currently exploring the Patterns of Sexual Abuse among Young Children by working on two different studies; a qualitative study to explore child-victims experiences, and a qualitative study to identify the factors influencing child sexual abuse. Her background in pediatric nursing (2002), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) (2006), and sexual abuse face to face advocate (2010). Mona looks forward to help health professionals and policy makers to better understand CSA, and provide the appropriate mechanisms for preventing these tragic maladies.

Mark Caldwell
My career as a sociologist of food and social networks began with an experience I had as an adolescent. My father, a professional chef by trade, was chopping onions. I walked up next to him and asked if him if I could chop onions as well. He handed me the biggest knife in the rack and kept chopping without offering further instructions. I began cutting and immediately I cut my finger to the bone. As I bled profusely into a napkin, my father said, “You see that’s why you ask questions first, watch second, and then start chopping.” This advice has stuck with me ever since. After fifteen years of being in the food industry (from underage dishwasher to vegan/vegetarian restaurateur), I joined the local food movement by becoming a farm intern at the now world-renowned Growing Power, Inc. From this exposure, I developed social capital as I worked as a backyard farmer, compost collection agent, and youth garden educator for small non-profit organizations within the Milwaukee Metro area. As a graduate student I have been involved in a combination of theoretical and methodological research, which resonates with my interests in community food networks and social accessibility to different food types.

Jake New
Jake New is a student at Kansas State University studying Food Science and Medicine Curriculum. New has studied the international agriculture industry from a variety of perspectives, from raising livestock, to promoting the industry to youth and foreign countries, to operating his business. New hopes to improve the industry systems currently in place, providing more healthy, natural, and nutritious food. His personal connection to healthier foods comes through his family members who have food sensitivities to wheat, milk, and corn. New hopes to continue to investigate the issues with digestion and food that cause these problems.

Camille Stengel
Camille Stengel is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her thesis work is focused around women’s health, maternal care programs for vulnerable populations, and continuity of care in health services. She holds a BA (hons) from the University of Calgary in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies. In the summer of 2010 Camille was a Visiting Researcher at the International Health Development Research Centre at the University of Brighton in England. Camille is currently a research associate at the Centre for Addictions Research British Columbia, where she is working on two projects related to maternity care in the Greater Victoria Area. The first project reviews the accessibility of post partum services for women, and the second project involves a program review of a one-stop collaborative care centre for substance using pregnant and early parenting women. Camille’s interests lie in feminist research, social determinants of health, and reproductive justice.