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Georgetown U student selected for prestigious Bouchet Society

Anatasha Crawford, a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University, has been named a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society). Crawford is in the Tumor Biology Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the Georgetown University Medical Center.

The Bouchet Society is named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States (Physics, Yale University, 1876). The Society aims to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Crawford was selected a charter member of the Georgetown University chapter of the Bouchet Society, established in 2007. Crawford conducts research in the laboratory of Robert Clarke, Ph.D., D.Sc., in the Interdisciplinary Program in Tumor Biology at Lombardi. Her dissertation focuses on how and why cancer becomes resistant over time to therapy, specifically looking at resistance to antiestrogen treatments for breast cancer.

Crawford said her interest in breast cancer research is personal.

I became very interested in breast cancer research because my grandmother had breast cancer. That was the main reason I came to Lombardi. I wanted to learn in a place that has a focus on cancer research, she said.

To achieve its goals, the Bouchet Society is developing a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Edward Alexander Bouchet, inductees into the honor society bearing his name are expected also to exhibit these outstanding qualities.

Tasha exemplifies professional excellence and embodies the high qualities consistent with membership in the Bouchet Society, said Clarke, interim director of Georgetown's Biomedical Graduate Research Organization and leader of Lombardis Breast Cancer Program. She brings great honor to our lab and to GUMC. Shell be a loyal member of the Society and will be a stellar advocate for its mission.

Crawford graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College in Atlanta,with a B.S. in biology with honors. In 2007, she was selected as a Minority in Cancer Research Scholar by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Crawford credits her own mentor Rebecca Riggins, Ph.D, with helping her advance her research. I believe that my scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy will help me become an accomplished breast cancer research scientist and more importantly a successful mentor, she said. She added that she will continue to work in her community and as an advocate for increasing the presence of minorities in Ph.D. programs in the field of biomedical research. The induction ceremony will take place on March 29, during the Yale Bouchet Diversity in Graduate Education Conference in New Haven.


Contact: Karen Mallet
Georgetown University Medical Center

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