MPH Student Wins Professional Excellence Award

Master of Public Health Student Madara Marasinghe received the Professional Excellence Award at the 3rd Annual Graduate Students’ Association Awards Gala celebrating graduate student excellence, held on March 7, 2015.

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The Professional Excellence Award honours a graduate student in a non-thesis based program that has made excellent academic achievement in his or her field of study and has made outstanding non-academic contributions to his or her department.

Madara explains that her interest in the health of the ageing population began when she started volunteering with older adults at the age of 14 and that she is focusing her academic interests on research and application of research findings to create effective policies to improve health of the ageing population. She recently completed a competitive internship at the World Health Organization, department of Health Systems and Innovation. She worked on identifying and presenting synthesis on what is known about assistive technologies for the ageing population in low- and middle-income countries to inform policymakers and health professionals. Her previous and current work focus on improving medication safety in long term care homes and reducing caregiver burden among informal caregivers of older adults. 

When asked what made her successful she said “I have a few role models: my parents and professors. I take their advice when I’m making important decisions”.

Madara is a second year Master of Public Health student who will be graduating from the program in the spring. She hopes to pursue public health and gerontology in her future educational endeavors. 

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