$5,000 Rutledge Memorial
$1,500 AAUW Jane Knox Graduate
A 2008 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, Gavin went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where in 2012 she earned a bachelor of science degree in biological systems engineering. For the past two years, she has been employed as an environmental, health and safety engineer with Hunt Oil Company in Dallas Texas. It was as an EHS engineer at Hunt Oil that Gavin developed her interest in pursuing a career in public health. Exposed to contradictory reports written by experts who disagreed over whether industrial byproducts had negative effects on human health, she has decided to research the issue herself, hoping to bridge the gap between biological earth sciences and health sciences. This fall, she will enroll at Yale University to work on a master’s degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology.