PHOENIX, Ariz. June 9, 2010 Joshua Niska, a 5-year intern at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), capped a string of major academic honors today by being named one of the nation's top 20 college students by USA TODAY.
Niska and other members of the national newspaper's 2010 All-USA College Academic (First) Team will each receive a $2,500 cash award. They were selected, according to the newspaper, based on their leadership, activities and, most importantly, how the students extended their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
Meanwhile, another recent 4-year TGen intern, Eric Anderson who last year was named to USA TODAY's list (Second Team) of the nation's top 40 college students has received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue genomic cancer research at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, and later will attend the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Both Niska and Anderson recently graduated with honors and at least 4.0 grade-point averages from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Niska majored in Biochemistry. Anderson majored in Bioengineering, Biochemistry and Biological Sciences. Both interned at TGen under the direction of Dr. Heather Cunliffe, Head of TGen's Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Unit.
"Both Josh and Eric are extraordinarily talented young scientists, and both have extremely promising and exciting futures ahead of them. I'm positive that both will make significant contributions to the betterment of medicine and human health,'' Dr. Cunliffe said.
Niska, 22, of Gilbert, Ariz., will attend Harvard Medical School this fall.
Niska's compelling application thesis to USA TODAY involved his desire to bridge cultural gaps in medicine.
He took a Spanish immersion course at Inhispania International Language Center in Madrid, Spain, following an independent research summer project at the Andes and Amazon Field School
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