Student wins scholarship

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Saint Charles Preparatory School student Allan Joseph won a $35,000 college scholarship in the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board. From more than 560 entrants nationwide, Joseph was one of only 60 high school students selected to present their projects to a panel of epidemiologists at the competition in Washington D.C.

Joseph based his project, "A Multi-Sport Epidemiologic Comparison of ACL Injuries in High School Athletics," on a database that collects information from certified athletic trainers at over 100 high schools across the nation. According to the YES Competition, his study is the largest national study of high school athletic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries ever conducted.

Joseph will participate in a summer internship with Loren E. Wold, Ph.D., principal investigator in the Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He will be working on a project funded by the American Heart Association to understand the mechanisms of air pollution-induced cardiovascular dysfunction in diabetics.

The YES Competition is designed to spur students' interest in the field of public health, specifically epidemiology, which explores patterns of illness and injury within populations with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment to improve health.