HOP Student Invited to Join Prestigious Graduate Honor Society

Gina Eubanks, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, was recently invited to join the Alpha chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, an honor society dedicated to recognizing the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduate and professional school students.

Eubanks’ membership invitation comes from the founding chapter of the honor society, which was created at the University of Florida in 1992. AEL recognizes students who are in the top 35 percent of their major and who also possess a record of leadership and service to a variety of graduate student organizations and professional societies. No more than one percent of campus graduate students can be accepted into AEL membership each year.

“I am honored to have received an invitation to join the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor’s Society and to have the opportunity to represent the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy as one of the University of Florida’s graduate student academic leaders,” said Eubanks. “I greatly appreciate the guidance and mentorship I have received from my mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Shenkman, and the faculty members in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy.”

Before coming to UF, Eubanks attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health, Global Health Practice. Since 2001, she has studied and worked independently with NGOs in the international sector, conducting research and implementing programs in the Czech Republic, China, Uganda, and Guyana. She now serves as the director of quality improvement and implementation science for the Texas External Quality Review Organization project, which is housed in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy.

“We continue to be very proud of the work Gina does both as a staff member and as a doctoral student in our department,” said Betsy A. Shenkman, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and Eubanks’ graduate mentor. “Gina’s experience implementing projects in a variety of settings, including internationally, will serve her well as she continues to pursue her goal of working to improve health outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease.”