Kharen Morgan, graduating with degree in Applied Humanities: Public Health Emphasis and East Asian Studies: Chinese Language Emphasis, has received the 2020-2021 Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.
A member of the Navajo Nation from Tuba City, Morgan intends to pursue a career in medicine and epidemiological research, with a focus on serving tribal communities.
As an undergraduate, Morgan shadowed scientists in the Arizona Cancer Center and interned with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center, creating health outcome reports and presentations for tribal leaders, said Stephanie Springer, Internship Director and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public and Applied Humanities.
Morgan also interned with the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs office, promoting mental health awareness to combat health disparities, and worked as a data analyst and student office assistant for the university’s Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion.
“I’d like to thank my family and mentors for their support in my academics and future endeavors experience. For my family, I appreciate the support you have given me over the past year. As for my mentors: Jane, Trinity, Kenny, and Stephanie, thank you for allowing me to work alongside APASA, the Student Centers, and providing the opportunity in participating in the many internships this year. Ahéhee,” Morgan said during the NASA Virtual Convocation ceremony.