Health sciences advisor Gina Marshall earns Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award

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USF College of Public Health’s (COPH) Gina Marshall, a health sciences academic advisor, has earned an Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award.

The award, sponsored by the USF Office of the Provost, aims to recognize the important role advisors play in promoting undergraduate student success.

Marshall is one of six recipients from across all three USF campuses to be named an awardee, with each winner receiving $2,000.

“It truly means the world to me to have earned this award!” she said. “I have worked incredibly hard the last five years to uphold the missions and goals of the university and college by continuing to promote and encourage student success. I have built connections with different departments on campus, and I strive to be as knowledgeable as I can be so I can support my students to the best of my ability.”

Gina Marshall, health sciences academic advisor II at the USF College of Public Health. (Photo courtesy of Marshall)

Originally from Punta Gorda, Fla., Marshall earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from the COPH in 2014 and continued on to earn her MPH in public health education in 2018.

She started working at USF in 2011, as a student, and stayed on after graduating. For the past five years she has served as a health sciences academic advisor, an interdisciplinary degree program offering a combination of hard science, social science and humanities experiences.

“Gina has worked so hard and helped significantly with students’ transition to the COPH and new advisors. I am excited and proud of her hard work and the dedication she has to the students and USF,” said Annette Strzelecki, associate director of academic advising at the COPH.  

The health sciences program was first introduced at USF in 2012 and housed in the College of Arts and Sciences before moving into the COPH in 2019.

“I love my job because I get to help students reach their full academic potential and leave USF feeling prepared to take on their career goals,” she said. “I find joy and passion working with students to create academic plans that help them not only meet major and graduation requirements, but also potential graduate program or careers they intend on applying to.”

The COPH’s t-shirt featuring public health and health sciences together. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

She said she strives to help students go where they want to be.

“Many students are faced with hurdles, whether it is the unsureness of not knowing what they want to do after graduation, or academic struggles, or outside factors,” she said. “I enjoy working with students one-on-one to truly inspire and empower them to be able to reach their goals, both academically and personally.”

Story by Anna Mayor, USF College of Public Health