Julie Schmid Research Scholarship

Awarded to non-member and/or member

Introduction: Julie Schmid was a prominent figure in the field of employee occupational health and a dedicated member of AOHP. To honor her contributions and continue her legacy, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) offers the Julie Schmid Research Scholarship. 

Purpose:This scholarship aims to encourage, promote, and strengthen the knowledge base and expertise of occupational health professionals in the healthcare industry.


  1. Award Amount and Disbursement: The Research Scholarship Award is set at $2,000. Once the proposal is accepted, $1,000.00 will be awarded upfront, and the remaining $1,000.00 will be awarded upon the presentation of the completed research project. The proposal submission deadline is July 1st. The scholarship recipient must agree to present the completed project for publication in the Journal.
  2. Eligibility and Evaluation: Scholarships will be granted based on merit, as determined by an established evaluation tool. The Research Committee will use this tool to assess the proposals and select the most deserving candidates. The evaluation criteria will consider the relevance of the research to current and/or anticipated issues in healthcare-related occupational health.
  3. Proposal Submission: Applicants, including nonmembers, are invited to submit completed proposals for an original research project. Please adhere to the format specified on the following page. To ensure an unbiased evaluation process, include a cover letter with your name and address, but avoid any personal identification data in the proposal itself.
  4. Submission Instructions: Address all completed proposals and correspondence to the AOHP Research Committee Chair and send them via email to info@aohp.org. Use "JULIE SCHMID SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION" as the subject line of the email.
  5. Blinded Review Process: To maintain objectivity, Headquarters will remove all identifiers from the proposals and code them before forwarding them to the Research Committee Chair for a blinded review. Any Research Committee member who submits a proposal will not participate in the review process. Each proposal will be reviewed and scored by at least three members of the Committee.
  6. Minimum Score Requirement: To be eligible for the award, applications must achieve a minimum total score of 76 on the established evaluation tool.

Julie Schmid Scholarship Application

Proposal Guidelines

The Julie Schmid Scholarship aims to support innovative projects that advance occupational health in healthcare settings. Please follow the outlined format precisely for your research, performance, or quality improvement project proposal. Submissions should be electronically sent to AOHP Headquarters at info@aohp.org with "JULIE SCHMID SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION" in the subject line. The proposal must be double-spaced and not exceed five (5) pages.

1.  Formal Title of the Project:

  1. Project Category: (Select one from the following list)

a.  Research
b.  Performance Improvement
c.  Quality Improvement

  1. Project Topic Selection: Topic must be relevant to occupational health (Select one from the following list or indicate your topic selection clearly)


Project Topic Selection


Project Topic Selection




Medical Surveillance


Employee Assistance


Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace


Employee Examinations


Occupational Health and Safety Programs


Employee Health Records


Occupational Health and Workforce Diversity


Environmental Health and Workplace Safety


Occupational Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response


Ergonomics and Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders


Occupational Health Policy and Advocacy


Hazardous Substance Exposures


Occupational Health Technologies and Innovations




Quality Improvement Projects


Infectious Diseases


Workplace Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Marketing Occupational Health Services


Workplace Injuries


4.  Goals and Objectives: Clearly state the goals and/or objectives of your research, performance, or quality improvement project. Ensure that: 

  1. Pre-study resources review is appropriately used.
  2. Pre-study resources – experience or anecdotal are used appropriately.
  3. There is an analysis of the problem included.

5.  Study Design:
a.  Research Projects:
        ‚Äči. Sample Sizw
       ii. Data Collection Methods (e.g., surveys, interview)
       iii. Data Analysis Plan

  1. Performance Improvement Projects:
    1. Performance Metrics
    2. Interventions and Strategies
    3. Data Collection Process
  1. Quality Improvement Projects
    i. Quality metrics
    ii. Improvement interventions
    iii. Data Collection and Analysis Methods

6. Significance of the Project: Describe the potential significance of your project on occupational health professionals in a healthcare setting. Base your description on a comprehensive literature review and/or your relevant experience.

  1. Feasibility and Practicality: Provide an explanation of how your research/project can be realistically and practically executed within the given time frame and available resources.
  2. Relevance to Occupational Health of Intended Results and Data Sharing: Explain the significance of the expected results of your project and how the data and findings will be shared with other colleagues in the healthcare and occupational health community.

By expanding the project categories under item 2 to include research, performance improvement, and quality improvement, the Julie Schmid Scholarship now welcomes a broader range of innovative projects that address various aspects of occupational health in healthcare settings..

Julie Schmid Scholarship Recipients
2005 - George Byrns & Denise Strode
2008 - Peter Lee, MD, MPH
2009 - Linda Good, RN, PhD, COHN-S
2010 – No award
2011 – No award
2012 - Josh Grambling
2013 - James Ethan Moses and Kevin M. Walters
2014 - No award
2015 - No award
2016 - No award
2017 - Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN
2018 - Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GDAdEd&Tr
2019 - No Award
2020 - No Award
2021 - No Award
2022 - No Award
2023 - No Award