At this year’s Missouri Milk, Food, and Environmental Health Association conference we had the honor of awarding our annual Hainline Heritage Charitable Foundation scholarship in the amount of $1000 to Brooklyn Lampe. Brooklyn is a senior in the Environmental Health program at MSSU, who plans to pursue her studies into graduate school. Larry Hunt, Darleen Hainline, and I had the honor of presenting her with the scholarship check, a hug, and a homemade apple pie.
Brooklyn presented her short speech after the program:
You could say I found myself in the environmental health program by chance. I had taken several science classes and pre-engineering courses in high school. I enjoyed science, but I did not want to be a doctor. I transferred to Missouri Souther State University and found the environmental health program. The small number of accredited programs interested me with the knowledge that I would be receiving an education that I could not get just anywhere else. In environmental health, I found a career path that allows me to utilize many of my strengths and to be surrounded by people who support me as well as something I find interesting and enjoy. I had previously been a biology engineering major with and emphasis in environmental; however, as a woman in engineering peers often doubt your ability. When I go to class, I know that the Environmental Health Program is where I am meant to be and that I am going to be successful in my future.
After graduating with my environmental health degree from Missouri Southern State University, I am planning to continue my education with a master’s degree in either environmental health or public health. I want to go into epidemiology, it was my first class in the environmental health program, and I loved it. I am particularly interested in vector-borne diseases and food-borne illnesses. I would like to work for a state health department and eventually I would like to teach as a professor of environmental health, because I enjoy helping people. In my career, I would like to help protect the public from disease outbreaks and work to identify sources of disease. However, regardless of what I end up accomplishing in my career there is one thing I want to do and that is to spread awareness of the world around us. People often under-appreciate what we have surrounding us, and the impact environmental health has on human life as we know it, and I want to change that. I would like to thank the Hainline Heritage Charitable Foundation for this award, and the Missouri Milk, Food, and Environmental Health Association for all the support they provided to environmental health professionals.
– Brooklyn Lampe
We had a great time at the conference and are very proud of Brooklyn. Keep in touch Brooklyn and tell us what you’re up to in the future. We look forward to seeing great things from you in epidemiology, or another specialty!
Dr. Fletcher, thanks for the good work with your students. You are making a difference and we appreciate it!