Mastering the Environment: Stand-out MPH graduate Vishal Singh tackles the tough environmental problems
Posted on May 03, 2018
Vishal Singh found an intellectual home at Fort Valley State University and set about changing the world by seeking new discoveries. He graduates with his master of public health degree this Saturday, and has already been working to protect the environment. His research includes investigation of mastitis in goats, which can lead to poor quality milk and serious health issues for the animals. He chose FVSU for his graduate work because of experience students receive by participating in research work and the boost faculty members give them to fulfill their potential.
"I have enjoyed the relationship between the students and their professors," he said. "Faculty members at FVSU not only help students to attain their respective goals, but also create an environment in which students walk into a comfort zone."
Originally from India, Singh earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kanpur. He is particularly interested in understanding how the world works, which is why he chose environmental science as his concentration. He appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of solving tough global problems, weaving social, political, and economic interests together to paint a complete picture. He has made the most out of his time at FVSU, and built confidence inside and outside of the classroom. He was a White House HBCU All-star during the 2016-17 academic year. He completed a National Environmental Health Association internship in 2017 and was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a student coordinator for foreign affairs and served as vice president of the Graduate Student Government Association. His internships helped him grow his communication skills and improve his ability to collaborate in teams. He became fluent in Spanish and French. Now, he plans to pursue his Ph.D.
"Coming from foreign soil and acclimating into a technologically-advanced and fast paced country was a challenge," he said. "But maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and serving on committees was a feat that helped me overcome fears of interacting with people, [since] English is not my first language."