Below are the current student ambassadors for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in Environmental Health Sciences. These students are happy to answer questions you may have about the application process, the program, or student life in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

2022 -23 Ambassadors

Halle Evans

Hi! My name is Halle Evans (Hal-Lee, rhymes with alley) and I’m from Macomb, IL. Along with majoring in ENHS, I’m pursuing minors in geography and music. I’m interested in infectious and vector-borne diseases, global health, and health equity. Throughout college, I’ve had multiple opportunities to do research. At UNC, I have been a member of IDEEL (Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab) where I’ve worked on projects related to malaria in the DRC. I’m currently working on a drug efficacy study involving diagnostic resistant malaria in Ethiopia. I’ve also involved with research through the ECUIPP Lab as a data processing volunteer, cleaning air quality monitor data. This past summer, I completed an NSF REU Fellowship at UMaine working on a project focused on improving species-specific mosquito surveillance methods.

Another key experience to my undergrad has been study abroad. Spring of 2022 I studied in Florence through the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici. There, I was able to take my general education requirements and a photography class!

Outside of research, I’m involved with Musical Empowerment, Edible Campus, and Marathon Club.

Emery Hoos

My name is Emery Hoos (Em-er-ie H-ooh-s) and I’m majoring in Environmental Health Sciences and Biology. I am interested in environmental epigenetics, particularly related to cancer. I’ve had the opportunity to work on multiple research projects in labs both within Gillings and in other UNC departments, so I’m happy to talk through the process of getting involved in research in any capacity! Currently, I am researching racial disparities in endometrial cancer in Dr. Rebecca Fry’s lab. This upcoming summer I’ll be studying cancer vaccines at the National Institutes of Health.

Outside of research, I am involved with the Carolina Cancer Association. I have also loved my experiences studying abroad, both in Florence, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about Gillings or anything else UNC-related!


Pema Herr

Hello everyone! My name is Pema Herr (pay-muh), and I am part of the 2024 graduating class with a minor in chemistry. A little bit about me: I was born and bred in Chapel Hill, so this position is quite fitting: I know a lot about Gilling’s but also the ins and outs of the Triangle area! After undergrad, I hope to obtain an MPH during my gap year before applying to PA school. Outside of classes, I work as an EMT and volunteer with a few amazing organizations. Beyond that, I love playing tennis with my friends and family, traveling, and exploring new restaurants for the best food! Please feel free to reach out, I’m here to help in any way.


Shubhankar Darbari

Hi! My name is Shubhankar Darbari (shoo – bahn – kr) and I am from Pune, India. I am currently majoring in Environmental Health Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. I am very interested in water sanitation as well as environmental epigenetics . I am currently researching well water treatment in Dr. Michael Fisher’s Lab. I was born in Syracuse, New York, and am still learning my way around the Triangle region. After completing BSPH, I plan to pursue a Masters in Public Health, as part of the plus one program offered by Gillings. After my masters, I plan to apply to medical schools. I also like to workout and eat at Purple Bowl and Roots. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions or reach out to me!