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UW AWARDS 2007 HOMEPAGE

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DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Douglas Black, Pharmacy
Lauro Flores, Ethnic Studies
Matt Sparke, Geography/ Jackson School
Terry Swanson, Earth & Space Sciences
Crispin Thurlow, Communication
G. Kent Nelson, Business, UW Tacoma
David Goldstein, UW Bothell

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
Jerusha Achterberg, Anthropology
Alex Coverdill, Biology

DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD
Marne Faber, Harborview
Elaine Franks, Psychology
Pam Robenolt, Athletics
Cynthia St. Clair, Music
Deborah Flores, Engineering

BROTMAN AWARD FOR INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE
Program on the Environment
MIRT, Epidemiology

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFELONG LEARNING AWARD
Jan Spyridakis, Technical Communication

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Erasmo Gamboa, Ethnic Studies

JAMES D. CLOWES AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES
James Gregory, History

S. STERLING MUNRO PUBLIC SERVICE TEACHING AWARD
J. Carey Jackson,  Medicine

DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
Eve Riskin, Electrical Engineering
Don Wulff, UW Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR)

MARSHA L. LANDOLT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
Raj Bordia, Materials Science

ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATUS
Dan Evans

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Dawn Williams

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
Minh-An Nguyen, Biochemistry/ Chemistry
Elise Saba, English


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Minh-An Nguyen

By Bob Roseth | News and Information

Minh-An Nguyen, 21, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, has been named a President's Medalist -- the outstanding student to complete at least three-fourths of her education at the UW. The award is given on the basis of overall academic record, including grades. She has been both a Mary Gates Leadership Scholar and a Mary Gates Research Scholar. She also was honored as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Intern in 2005-6 and as a recipient of the Hyp Dauben award for the outstanding undergraduate in the H-organic chemistry sequence in 2005.

One of her favorite experiences at the UW was going on the Honors Rome Program in 2005. "Being able to learn about art history by actually visiting the site is an amazing feeling," she said. "It pushed me outside my comfort zone and I learned so much about myself."

Nguyen also has served as president of Healthcare Alternative Spring Break, an organization whose mission is to send pre-health student to rural Washington to observe the disparities in healthcare that exist there.  "My personal experience in rural Washington confirmed my goal to work for the underserved," Nguyen said.  "I saw many low-income patients suffering and in pain.  These cases could have been effectively prevented with proper care." 

Nguyen is Vietnamese but was born in Norway. "I hope to use my Vietnamese skills and my own experiences as an immigrant to help other immigrants in the future," she said.

She plans to attend dental school.