Dr. Robert L. Harris was a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. He served as director of the School of Public Health’s Occupational Health Studies Group throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Prior to arriving at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harris held the positions of Director of the Bureau of Abatement and Control of the National Air Pollution Control Administration (the predecessor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and Chief of Engineering for the Public Health Service’s Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health (the predecessor to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).

Harris has served on numerous government and professional commissions, committees and boards. He is a recipient of the Henry F. Smyth Award from the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the Meritorious Achievement Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award from AIHA, and the first Jerome J. Wesolowski Award from the International Society of Exposure Analysis.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

In awarding the Robert L. Harris Scholarship, students meeting the AIHF general ​scholarship criteria are eligible.

Current and Past Recipients

2023 - 2024
Puleng Moshele, University of Minnesota

2022 - 2023
Chang Geun Lee, Purdue University

2021 - 2022
David Bolade, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

2020 - 2021
Kristina Lena, The City University of New York - CUNY

2019 - 2020
Toluwanimi Oni, University of Oklahoma

2018 - 2019
Ryan Papiernik, Oakland University

2017 - 2018
Sophia M. Ridl, University of Michigan

2016 - 2017
Alexandra E. Shishkova, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

2015 - 2016
Marysel Pagan Santana, University of Puerto Rico

2014 - 2015
Kimberly A. Kavran, Montana Tech of the University of Montana

2013 - 2014
Zachary H. Zmoos, Tulane University

2012 - 2013
Eric E. Bernreuter, Wayne State University

2011 - 2012
Morgan N. Freestone, Utah State University

2010 - 2011
Corry Cranston, Colorado State University

2009 - 2010
Sayaka Takaku-Pugh

2008 - 2009
Chun-Yip Hon, University of British Columbia

2007 - 2008
Duane A. Beasley, University of Texas

2006 - 2007
Phillip Clark, Colorado State University

2005 - 2006
Katherine Clark, Johns Hopkins University