Doctoral student Whitney Fung earns prestigious Golden Bull Award

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USF College of Public Health doctoral student Whitney Fung was one of 15 students presented with the 2019 Golden Bull Award at the annual Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 16.

The Golden Bull Award is one of USF’s highest honors given annually to undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community.

USF values include leadership and engagement within the community, success and academic achievement through research, pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking skills, enhanced global experience and understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity, development of personal and professional potential, and demonstrated commitment to respect, integrity, and civility.

Whitney Fung and her fiancé with the Golden Bull Award at the Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Fung)
Whitney Fung and her fiancé with the Golden Bull Award at the Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Fung)

“It is a huge honor and humbling experience to get recognized for all my hard work. It’s rewarding to know that what I do is important and worthy of recognition,” Fung said.

Fung is involved in many projects and volunteer work on campus and in the community related to my research interests in food, nutrition, sustainable food systems and chronic disease prevention.

“To me, this award makes all my volunteering, time and efforts spent on campus and community projects worth it,” she said. “It’s a symbol that researchers can also make a difference in our community, and it’s how I practice my passion.”

Fung’s goal after graduation is to do community-based research to help promote a healthy and equitable food system for all. She’s interested in agriculture and food-related policies, such as the Farm Bill, that support people who grow our food but also those that are not able to access enough food for their families.”

“My passion is in food and nutrition and not just because I love to eat!” Fund said. “It’s because everyone has a right to food and my passion is to fight for that right, especially for those who cannot afford or access healthy, good food. Further, food is also connected to our health in so many ways, whether it’s the nutrients that are found in them to prevent disease or the production methods that are used around the world that may impact populations’ livelihoods, financial security or climate impact.”

To learn more about applying for the Golden Bull Awards or to see the full list of winners, visit the student affairs website.

Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health