Recognized by USA Today
Wen Shi, a Johns Hopkins University senior and Rhodes Scholar from West Bloomfield, Mich., has been named to the second team of USA Today's 2004 All-USA Academic Team, the daily newspaper's annual recognition of the academic performance and leadership of a select group of college and university students.
Shi, a 20-year-old biology major, is one of three undergraduates at Johns Hopkins to be named to the team this year and is one of 21 Johns Hopkins students honored by USA Today in the past 13 years. This year, panels of educators considered approximately 600 nominees with at least sophomore standing from four-year institutions nationwide. Twenty students each were named to the first, second and third teams; 22 other students were chosen as honorable mentions.
"It's a very competitive process and it's an honor to make the second team," Shi said. "It's prestigious award and not limited to seniors who want to study at specific schools," a requirement for candidates for awards such as the Rhodes or Marshall scholarships, Shi said. "In the past, the first team winners have come up with some phenomenal stuff."
Shi was born and raised in China, where he grew up in the home of his grandparents. In April 1999 at the age of 15, he immigrated to the United States to join his father, Arthur. Shi enrolled in English as a second language courses and by his senior year at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., he was taking Advanced Placement English. Today, he helps other immigrants learn the language.
Shi joins the USA Today's 2004 All-USA Academic Team on the heels of being named a Rhodes Scholar in November 2003. With the scholarship, he plans to conduct cancer research at Oxford University's Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, examining the role of hypoxia inducible factors in endothelial and cancer cell biology. He hopes his research will lead to ways to make cancer a manageable disease like high blood pressure. Shi will study toward a doctorate in medical oncology.
For information or digital images of Shi, contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960.
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