Graduate student training is seen as a vital step towards developing the next generation of the population health workforce. The goal is to dedicate 10% of UT Population Health funds to employ and train graduate students through our Population Health Scholars Program.  

Population Health Scholar placements are available from the undergraduate through post-doctoral level. Most of our scholars are in paid positions, but there are also opportunities for unpaid internships, practicums, and keystone projects. Placements are available year-round, with evaluation on a semester-by-semester basis. Scholars will work closely with their mentor team to tailor the program curriculum and core competencies to their academic discipline, stage, and interests.

There are currently open positions in the research track, but we accept resumes for all tracks, and may contact students when placements become available. To be considered for future positions, send us a resume, and subscribe to our population health scholars mailing list for announcements of new openings.  


Current scholars


Ivy Ashe is a second-year journalism doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on media geography, specifically differences in local and national news coverage. She also studies visual journalism, Instagram, community journalism, and stereotyping. Ivy received a Masters degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri- Columbia and a B.A. in Linguistics and Hispanic Studies from Rice University.
Mentor: Daniel Oppenheimer
Project: Texas Health Journal

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Eun Me Cha is a postdoctoral researcher with UT System Population Health. She received her PhD in Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences from the UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin. She is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs related to diet and obesity prevention especially among adolescents. Eun Me received her MPH from University at Albany School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. 
Mentor:  Eileen Nehme
Project: Community Health Indicators / Small Area Mapping

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Nabeeha Chaudhary is a doctoral student in the Media Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include development communication, entertainment-education, and television serials in South Asia with a focus on women’s issues. She holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and has worked in academic, corporate and non-profit environments in various capacities over the years. 
Mentor: Daniel Oppenheimer
Project: Texas Health Journal

Ashley Hill is a second year doctoral student in Epidemiology at Texas A&M University School of Public Health focusing on reproductive epidemiology and interactions of social, environmental and biological factors that contribute to sexually transmitted infections. As a GRA with UT System Population Health, Ashley works under Divya Patel focusing on immediate postpartum contraception.
MentorDivya Patel
Project:  IP-LARC


Kathryn Lundstrom is a graduate student pursuing a dual master's degree in Journalism and Global Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She's previously contributed to the Austin Chronicle, the Austin-American Statesman, and Sports Illustrated, where she was a reporting intern. In 2018, she joined the Population Health communications team to write for the Texas Health Journal. 
Mentor: Daniel Oppenheimer
Project: Texas Health Journal

Matthew Myers is a graduate student on track for his MPH in Epidemiology at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. His interests lie within clinical epidemiology and infectious disease. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Albion College in 2016. 
Mentor:  Dorothy Mandell
Project: Texas Safe Babies

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Alejandro Palacios specializes in graphic design and animation. Pursuing a degree in Arts and Entertainment Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin, he hopes to continue his design work with Population Health and better communicate research data through graphic design.
Mentor: Em Karimifar
Project: Texas Health Journal


Sanchit Singhal is a graduate student in the School of Information at The University of Texas Austin. His specializations include data engineering, data analytics, and data visualization. He has previously received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and worked in the information technology industry across several domains. As a GRA with UT System Population Health, Sanchit works under the mentorship of Jon Gibson to facilitate the research team’s data requirements.
Mentor: Jon Gibson


Amelia Sosnowski is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. Her focus is applied work with spatial data that has the potential to identify and monitor local and regional drivers of change within communities. Her academic research has focused on environmental land use and water resource changes and how these may influence civil conflict distributions in South Sudan; flooding distributions and risk perception in the Okavango Delta, Botswana; and environmental perception and translation of concepts at the community level. Amelia has previously worked with Holland Consulting Planners in coastal North Carolina as a GIS Technician on health analyses, zoning, and hazard mitigation plans. As a Population Health Scholar, she applies knowledge of geographic data and modeling to the challenges of understanding spatial distributions of health and risk factors in Texas. 
Mentor:  Dorothy Mandell
Project: Texas Safe Babies