Occupational Health and Safety full scholarships

School of Public Health offers the opportunity to apply for full scholarships with monthly stipends funded through NIOSH grant
September 11, 2019

Finding a full scholarship to college is extremely difficult, especially at the graduate level. One of the best kept secrets at the Texas A&M School of Public Health includes full scholarships with monthly stipends, available every year to students in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Students with these scholarships get training from award-winning faculty along with connections to competitive employers in the field.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides accepted students full-tuition support, a monthly stipend and funds for travel to conferences and trainings. Applicants must meet admission standards as outlined in the SPH Graduate Catalog, have a 3.0 GPA or above, have a competitive GRE score and be enrolled in the Occupational Safety & Health degree program.

Students can apply for the NIOSH Grant in the spring semester and are notified of selection in the summer. Students selected for the program are required to meet regularly with an occupational faculty mentor and be an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a worldwide organization of safety and health professionals. Research is also encouraged, and students are expected to attend a variety of seminars and conferences.

“This scholarship is available to first- and second-year graduate students who exhibit a healthy interest in occupational health,” said Adam Pickens, PhD, instructional assistant professor at the School of Public Health. “This program is unique because the Occupational Safety and Health program is one of the few that provides full-tuition assistance to graduate students while giving them an excellent education focused on occupational safety and a chance to network with some of the best companies across the nation.”

“After I took a class with Dr. Mark Benden during my first year in the graduate program, he encouraged me to apply for the traineeship,” said Kathryn Klumb, a second-year master of public health (MPH) student. “Students can take advantage of the strong relationships the school has with renowned companies in the field; I was able to use concepts from my ergonomics class at my internship with CNA Insurance in Chicago, Illinois. During my internship, I analyzed risk factors for a number of businesses in different industries including corporate offices, manufacturing sites, constructions sites and even a zoo. This opportunity would not be available without the faculty in this department.”

“Coming from the undergraduate experience at Texas A&M, I felt swallowed with the number of students in my major and extracurricular activities,” said Sarah Provazek, a second-year MPH student. “This traineeship is a more intimate program that allows students to receive the mentorship we need to succeed. I was able to take an industrial hygiene class that worked closely with the Environmental, Health and Safety Department at Texas A&M. My group tested air quality and noise sampling in the Texas A&M College of Architecture building. I enjoyed this class because it exposed me to some of the procedures I would conduct in my desired field, and I was able to apply this knowledge during my internship with HollyFrontier. I look forward to conducting research and building connections through the seminars and conferences available for me to attend through this traineeship.”

“The financial stipend is obviously a relief for students, but most of all, I thoroughly enjoy becoming more involved in student organizations and creating connections with employers before I graduate,” said Alejandro Casas, a second-year MPH student and recipient of the NIOSH traineeship grant. “This traineeship allows us to engage with others in our field at conferences and different events, such as the applied ergonomics conference we attend every year with faculty. This conference allows us to network with people in our field—a vital resource that students can use to secure job opportunities before graduation.”

For more information on how to apply for the scholarship, visit sph.tamhsc.edu to contact faculty and staff.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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