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Jordana Gilman earns SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Jordana Gilman earns Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Jordana Gilman, an MD/MPH student who will graduate Sunday, May 5, has been selected as one of 210 SUNY students from across the state to receive a 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the student winners “made the choice to be leaders, on their campuses, prioritize their studies and serve their communities.”

While at Upstate, Gilman pursued her passion for advocacy and public policy by addressing healthcare access for vulnerable populations. She completed projects in public health and trans health medical education, and presented her work at conferences and workshops. She has published scientific papers and literary work (for which she won a Dearing Writing Award), and has been honored for her leadership, community service and advocacy.

Gilman was a Lerner Fellow for Public Health Promotion at SU’s Maxwell School, where she was part of a group conducting an audit of a city block on Syracuse’s Near West Side as part of a “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” project. City officials, urban planners, community organizers and students are studying possible changes to the “built space” on a street to cut down on drug use and traffic.

She also participated in Upstate’s Rural Medical Education Program, spending five months in clinical settings in Cortland, N.Y.

Gilman will do her medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital.

Gilman, of Rochester, N.Y., earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology, health and society from Cornell University.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.