Arkansas Local Section of AIHA







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AR-AIHA presented a scholarship to Megan Ruffin

 at the NLR OSHA Update on August 11.

The Arkansas Industrial Hygiene Association Scholarship

The Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) M.S. degree program is devoted to the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace or environmental hazards which may cause impaired health or well-being or significant discomfort and inefficiency among workers or the general public.  The program emphasizes the study of chemical exposure, noise and vibration, air pollution, biological agents, ergonomic stressors, injury risk factors and other hazards likely to be encountered in work or community environments.

The Arkansas Industrial Hygiene Association Scholarship is provided by the members of the Arkansas Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.  The scholarship is dedicated to providing assistance to students accepted by or currently enrolled in the OEH Masters of Science program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health (COPH).  Applicants must provide a Master of Science degree plan that emphasizes training in or related to industrial hygiene and provided by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (DE&OH). 

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Qualify for instate tuition.
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Appropriate academic history
  • Funds not readily available from another source.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Commitment to industrial hygiene
  • Academic standing
  • Employment history
  • Need

Scholarship funds may be requested to cover the costs of:

  • Tuition charges for courses taken in the Master of Science OEH program.
  • Text books for courses in the MS OEH program.
  • Supplies and equipment required for the studentís project.
  • Travel associated with the students projects.
  • Travel to professional meetings approved by the faculty advisor.
  • Travel associated with presentation of results at professional meetings.

Arkansas AIHA's standing Scholarship Committee will be charged with reviewing the candidates for the scholarship. One staff member of theCOPH will serve on the Scholarship Committee. Staff members in the COPH will be responsible for assuring that the students are informed of the availability of the funds and also in making recommendations to the committee on worthy candidates. Students will apply directly to the standing committee. The award will officially be presented by the current President of the Arkansas AIHA or his or her designee.  For more information contact Brett Tarkington at 501-801-8616 or