Student Spotlight: Meena Lakshman


Master of Public Health

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Where did you grown up?

Queens, New York

What made you interested in public health?

I’ve always been concerned with the well-being of those around me. It started with me being concerned about my family’s well-being, and then grew from there.

What was your favorite class?

Applied Linear Modeling with Professor Joe Steensma.  Prior to taking this class, I didn’t have a background in statistics. The subject can be really overwhelming, but Dr. Steensma made it digestible and he used examples that were relatable.

What is your plan after graduation?

I am really interested in project management and program evaluation. I want to use the skills I have learned working in research. I’ve already started applying for jobs in cities across the country.

What activities do you like to take part in when you are not working or studying?

I love going on long walks, watching movies and trying new cuisines. I recently tried Ethiopian food for this first time and really enjoyed it!

What has been the most rewarding experience for you in graduate school?

I feel like my fellowship here at the PRC has been rewarding because many of the skills I gained I would not have learned otherwise. Many of the classes don’t always emphasize practical application, but here I am working on real projects.

What do you like most about working at the PRC?

The culture. Everyone is so friendly and warm. If I have a questions, everyone is very approachable and willing to help.

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