June 19, 2013
Tapan Mehta, MS,  doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics  at UAB’s School of Public Health,  was recently selected as the winner of the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS)  Student Research Award. His paper “Does Obesity Asso ciate with Mortality among Hispanic Persons? Results from the National Health Interview Survey”  was deemed by unanimous agreement to be the best contribution in the category of research by a graduate student.
The scientific scope of Mr. Mehta’s work at UAB includes projects that range from obesity-related epidemiological research to genomic and genetic data analyses studies related to obesity and cancer. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Biostatistics under the mentorship of David B. Allison, PhD,  Associate Dean for Science.
Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  and organized by the Minnesota Population Center,  the IHIS is a repository of data originally included in the public use files of the National Health Interview Survey.  Material from the 1960s to the present is distributed online free of charge.