Congratulations to Britney Smart for receiving the Fall 2014 Public Health Academic Award from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad! Below is write up from DIS on Britney’s outstanding achievement:

Academic Excellence Award
Each semester, DIS recognizes one outstanding student from the Public Health program with an Award of Academic Excellence. It is reserved for a student who has distinguished her- or himself through diligence, commitment, academic performance, and ideally a student who contributes to a good, collaborative learning environment in class. Britney Smart (public health, anthropology major) was recognized for her academic achievement during her semester at DIS. Britney conducted a semester research project for her core course Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe where she interviewed and wrote a paper and presentated with two classmates on the Danish Healthy Cities Network (part of the WHO Healthy Cities Network). Britney indicated that she was interested in social justice issues and learning how culture affects opinions and behaviors regarding health – she had the opportunity to examine these areas in Denmark as well on her course-integrated study tour to Helsinki and Riga.  

The award was presented at the Public Health program concluding dinner attended by faculty, program staff and students. Susie Bondorf, the Public Health core course faculty member presented the certificate and award check of $300 to Britney to enhance/invest in her studies and said: “Britney is a bright and attentive student, who has shown great academic and social leadership throughout the semester. She is very quick-witted and understands where the faculty is heading with a question.  She has a reflective mind and is not afraid to speak it, and is often the first to raise her hand in class. Socially, Britney showed great enthusiasm and initiative on study tours as well as in class. She ran, and was elected, for class representative.”

Britney also excelled in the following courses: Epidemiology: Danish Case Studies, Public Health Implications of Modern Lifestyles, Public Health Ethics.