Erik John Sanson, the son of Serafin and Christine Sanson of Pleasant Prairie, graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in New York City in May.
He has received acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, where he will begin his professional studies toward a medical degree as a member of the Class of 2023.
Sanson graduated from Tremper High School in May 2012 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Biology from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2016 as a PEOPLE Scholar.
At UW-Madison, he served as a PEOPLE mentor, a teaching fellow in the Research Scholars Program, a CALS Student Ambassador and as an officer of the CALS Student Association for four years. He traveled to the Dominican Republic and South Africa as part of a spring and summer study abroad program. He also volunteered at Meriter Hospital and William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital in Madison.
After graduation, Sanson took a gap year to work as a research assistant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and as a certified nursing assistant at the UW Health University Hospital.
While attending Columbia University, he worked as a research specialist at the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit private foundation supporting independent research on health policy reform and a high-performance health system.
Other area graduates named recently include:
n Amparo Trevino of Salem recently received a Bachelor of Science in adult education from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.
n Lindsey Marie Allen of Pleasant Prairie received a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Alabama in May.
n Matthew Yngve of Pleasant Prairie recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science-human performance from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
n Matthias Osterndorf graduated with a degree in math/economics and a minor in Spanish from Albion (Mich.) College. He is the son of Thomas and Beth Osterndorf of Burlington, and is a graduate of Grayslake High School.
n Sapan Shah, of Kenosha, graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in May. Shah majored in Leadership in Medicine, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude.
n Katie Wasurick, of Pleasant Prairie, graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., in on May 19. Wasurick, a graduate of Tremper High School, majored in chemistry, with a minor in history at Colgate. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude
n Area students have graduated with degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City this spring, including Brian Dankle of Burlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology; and Asma Mumtaz of Kenosha, with a degree in Pharmacy.