This year’s recipient of the Northstar Scholarship is Madison Swenson. Madison is pursuing her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Public Health from University of Wisconsin- Eau
Claire. Madison is expected to graduate this coming May.
Madison is interested in the field of Emergency Response and Disaster relief. Madison has
already contributing to the Environmental Health field by conducting research on the sanitation
of float tanks and the implications of frac-sand mining on drinking water. Madison has spent a
summer as an Environmental Health intern for the Barron County Public Health Department
along with presenting to at our 2020 Winter MEHA conference and serving as the President of
the Student National Environmental Health Association at UWEC.
Madison was highly recommended for this scholarship by Dr. Laura Suppes professor at the
UWEC and MEHA member who described her as “bright, ambitious, and a great problem
Madison is and will continue to be a leader in the field of Environmental Health. The Northstar
Scholarship is well deserved.
Mary Lauren Olson Memorial Scholarship
This year’s recipient of the Mary Lauren Olson Memorial Scholarship is Puleng Moshele.
Puleng earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Macalster college. In the fall of
2018, she began graduate school at the University of MN School of Public Health and is now a
1 st year PHD student in the Industrial Hygiene Program, in the department of Environmental
Health Sciences, at the University of Minnesota.
Puleng is interested in the field of industrial hygiene and is currently contributing to the field by
developing of mathematical modeling frameworks for occupational exposures in underserved
worker populations. Her focus is to provide models that integrate the capacity and local
infrastructure to manage and improve health conditions in their workplace.
Puleng was highly recommended for this scholarship by Dr. Peter Raynor, an industrial hygiene
professor at the U of M who described her as “a creative and independent research assistant” and
that she “helps to build community among the students in the industrial hygiene program”.
Additionally, she has an amazing GPA and was recently inducted into Delta Omega, the Public
Health honorary society.
Puleng is and will continue to be a leader in the field of Environmental Health. The Mary
Lauren Olson Scholarship is well deserved.