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Academic Update

Volume 10, Issue 10
June 25, 2020 

SBMI Hosting Student Town Hall on June 25th

All SBMI students are invited to participate in the SBMI Student Town Hall on Thursday, June 25th at 2 p.m. (CST). Click here to register for the Webex event. During the Town Hall, please anticipate:

  • Address from Dean Zhang
  • Results for the SBMI COVID-19 Check-in Survey
  • Ongoing Activities & Planning
  • Questions from SBMI Students

If students have any questions about the planned Town Hall, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at [email protected].

Summer 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Summer 2020 Scholarship Recipients

SBMI would like to congratulate our recent scholarship winners for this summer semester. We thank all students who applied, as well. These are the recipients:

SBMI Dean's Excellence Scholarship
  • Maryam Garza - Dual PhD/MPH Student
  • Allison Hadjis - MS Student
  • Astrid Manuel - PhD Student
  • Amanda Oliphant - Dual MD/MS Student
  • Yuqi Si - PhD Student
  • Viralkumar Vaghani - PhD Student

  • SBMI Excellence Scholarship
  • Ngozi Chukwudebe - MS Student
  • Vyas Dake - MS Student
  • Amaryllis Fernandes - Dual MD/MS Student
  • Meghana Gudala - MS Student
  • Andrew Hedges - MS Student
  • Yiming Li - PhD Student
  • Shruthi Manas - PhD Student
  • Jessica Okunbor - MS Student
  • Luis Oliveira - MS Student
  • Gustavo Villarreal - MS Student
  • Laura Vincent - MS Student
  • Jing Zhang - MS Student

  • James Turley Endowed Scholarship for Global Health
    • Akshat Kumar - Dual MD/MS Student

    Neuosoft Certificate Scholarship Fund
  • Poonam Desai - Certificate Student

  • Willerson Endowed Scholarship
  • Tavleen Singh - PhD Student

UCSC Annual Workshop Registration is Open

The 26th Annual University Classified Staff Council (UCSC) Workshop will be online this year. Session One takes place at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. This year the workshop theme is "2020 - Get a Clear Vision," and sessions will be held throughout the summer, rather than on a single day.

The first session will explore the topic of “Staying Sane and Being Safe: Self-care Strategies for Managing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Crisis.” Participants will hear from a panel of speakers about how to take care of ourselves in the midst of chaos.

If you are a classified staff member, it is free to attend. Note that you do need your supervisor's permission prior to signing up. Click here to register for Session One.

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  • Professor Dean Sittig, PhD, was quoted in a Medscape story about tests that showed electronic health records did not detect serious issues in hospital patients.


Save the Date

June 25 SBMI Student Town Hall
Webex Events

Important Dates

July 3 Independence Day holiday - University is closed
July 10 PhD - Last day to defend dissertation
July 15 Fall 2020 registration opens in myUTH
Aug. 7 PhD - Last day to defend proposal
Aug. 7 Last class day for summer 2020 semester
Aug. 10 & 11 Final exams & evaluations for summer 2020
Aug. 11 Electronic copy of state of the science/capstone or dissertations due via Canvas
Aug. 31 First class day for fall 2020 semester

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