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Georgia State: Alumna Named 2020 Finalists of Prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)

Two Georgia State University School of Public Health alumna, Ms. Samantha Williams and Ms. Mackenzie Zendt, have been named 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  They were selected from a pool of over 4,900 applicants, where only 402 candidates from 125 academic institutions were selected as finalists.

Ms. Williams, a biostatistics concentration alumna (MPH ’19), will pursue a career in statistical data analysis in a program evaluation or surveillance capacity.  Her research areas of interest include developmental disorders and adolescent problem behaviors, such as substance abuse and teen dating violence. Ms. Zendt, an epidemiology concentration alumna (MPH ’19), is currently pursuing epidemiology positions at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), specifically in programs dealing with infectious diseases.  Her long-term career plans include global health capacity development work, such as helping other countries develop and enhance their public health systems. Ms. Zendt’s research areas of interest include infectious disease, and global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

The PMF program is a flagship development leadership program created for advanced-degree candidates, focusing on developing a cadre of potential leaders in government.  Finalists who ultimately receive appointments participate in a two-year training and development program within a U.S. government department or agency.

Learn more about the Presidential Management Fellowship.

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