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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 19, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 26
Elizabeth Dzeng, MD/PhD Student, Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Elizabeth Dzeng, an MD/PhD student at Johns Hopkins from Timonium, Md., has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2007. Dzeng is one of 48 recipients selected from about 600 nominated candidates from the United States for the prestigious program, established in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million as an endowment for the Gates Cambridge Trust.

The purpose of the trust is to award scholarships to enable outstanding young men and women from outside the United Kingdom to study as graduate students at the University of Cambridge. The trustees award scholarships on the basis of a person's capacity for leadership, intellectual ability and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to the well-being of society. Since the start of program, 621 Gates Scholars from 78 countries have taken up their awards, 265 of them from the United States.

Dzeng will pursue a master of philosophy degree in social anthropological analysis.

A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in chemical engineering, Dzeng returned to Baltimore to pursue a medical degree at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a fourth-year medical student taking a year off to pursue a master of public health degree at the Bloomberg School.

She has been working with the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response on projects estimating mortality in Iraq, and developing a Women's and Child Health initiative for North Korean refugees in Northern China. She intends to pursue a career in internal medicine from a public health perspective focusing on international and refugee health.


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