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​Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Student shall be enrolled in the Colorado School of Public Health doctoral level program in epidemiology
  • This award is directed to students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposal and are in the dissertation phase of completing their degree

Meet Our Hamman-Hoffman Scholars

Dr & Mrs Hoffman with Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship Recipients
Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship 2014-2015 Recipient – Kenneth Scott, PhD Candidate

Mr. Scott started his career in public health working as a student research assistant for the CU School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics. In 2009 he completed a master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington where he developed an interest in workplace health and safety. After completing his master’s degree, Mr. Scott worked for the Colorado School of Public Health for five years as the Outreach Director of the NIOSH-funded Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). As a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, Mr. Scott is investigating the implications of an aging workforce on the determinants, distributions and costs of workplace injuries and disability. After completing his PhD, Mr. Scott plans on applying epidemiological tools to the evaluation of policies and other injury prevention interventions.

Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship 2014-2015 Recipient – Maggie Stanislawski, PhD Candidate

Ms. Stanislawski earned her MS in statistics from Colorado State University and works as a Biostatistician for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She studied math as an undergraduate and then was a Peace Corps Volunteer math teacher in Tanzania. She has been a PhD student in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health since 2012. Maggie is interested in the role that the microbiome plays in health and in the development of disease, as well as the impact of diet on gut microbiota. In her dissertation work, she is evaluating the relationship between gut microbiota and obesity in pregnant women, their infants, and in adolescents. She plans to focus her long-term research efforts on the interactions among microbial exposures, the immune system and overall health, and she would also like to be involved in applying this type of research towards disease prevention.

Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship 2013-2014 Recipient – Brittni Frederiksen, PhD


Ms. Frederiksen earned her Master of Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in May 2010. Brittni has been studying epidemiology as a PhD student at Colorado School of Public Health since 2010. Brittni’s dissertation work specifically addresses etiologic heterogeneity in the onset of islet autoimmunity, the pre-clinical phase of type 1 diabetes.  The goal of her dissertation research is to more fully understand the mechanism of three well-studied, but inconsistently associated determinants (infant diet, vitamin D and growth) in the etiology of type 1 diabetes by investigating whether their effect varies with age, in the development of islet autoimmunity.  After earning her PhD, Ms. Frederiksen is working in the area of maternal and child health in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) through the CDC.

 Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship 2013-2014 Recipient – Gnakub “Norbert” Soke, PhD Candidate


Dr. Soke graduated as a physician from the School of Medicine of the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1995. In 2000 he moved to the United States and was accepted in to the Master of Public Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health. After earning his MPH, Norbert began studying for his PhD in epidemiology in 2010. Dr. Soke’s dissertation research topic is “Self Injurious Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): an epidemiological study of prevalence, risk factors, and longitudinal changes.” After completing his PhD, Norbert plans to enter a post-doctoral fellowship program at the CDC in the neurodevelopmental section or at the National Center for Health Statistics. His long-term goal is to continue research in ASDs.


Hamman-Hoffman Scholarship 2012-2013 Recipient – Dwi Agustian, PhD

Dr. Agustian graduated as a physician in 1999 from the Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia and continued his post graduate education obtaining a Master of Public Health from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2006. Since 2010, he has been studying epidemiology as a PhD Student in The Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health. For his dissertation work, Dwi is conducting an international field project entitled “Human Influenza A Virus Infactions in Rural Communities in Indonesia: A Small Area Spatial Analysis”. The objectives of this study are to identify ecological risk factors contributing to influenza A viral infections, and using geo-spatial analytic methods to develop population based estimates of burden in influenza A, in rural populations in Indonesia. Since earning his PhD, Dwi has returned to his faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran (FMUP), Bandung, Indonesia to teach, conduct research, and train others to improve the research capacity in Indonesia.

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