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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 11, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 29
JHU Salutes Its 4,200 Student Employees and Their Employers

Student winner Ameet Jain, center, laughs with Russell Taylor, director of the CISST lab, where Jain is a research assistant. At left is Gabor Fichtinger, also of CISST.

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

School of Engineering graduate student Ameet Jain, like many Johns Hopkins students, likes to keep his plate full. In addition to his studies, Jain serves as a teacher's assistant, advises on average 12 students a year and serves as a research assistant at the Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology, known as CISST ERC.

The India native is also an accomplished young academic, who first-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications last year alone. In addition, Jain has filed with an industrial partner a patent on a medical device to be used in the treatment of prostate cancer; a protocol has been approved to begin human trials. His faculty mentors sometimes wonder how he manages to find the time for all his responsibilities.

To honor his dedication, Jain was named Student Employee of the Year at a ceremony held April 5 in Homewood's Glass Pavilion. He received a $500 savings bond and a citation from Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Three days later, Jain was named the Maryland Student Employee of the Year and will now be entered in the regional competition.

JHU's 14th annual Student Employee of the Year ceremony was part of National Student Employee Appreciation week, which aims to enhance awareness of student employment and the important role it plays in higher education. At Johns Hopkins, students fill more than 4,200 vital positions in the university's various offices, labs and centers.

Russell Taylor, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of CISST ERC, said that Jain is perhaps the most conscientious TA he's ever had.

Employer of the Year Cheryl Janowsky, left, with student nominators Hugh Scott II, Brian Anderson and Marga Glasser.

"Ameet is just an absolutely keystone student in our laboratory," Taylor said. "He continually makes himself available to students and goes out of his way to help them with their projects, but that is just part one. In addition, he has done really excellent research work for me and the other research faculty at CISST. Students like him are exactly why we come to work."

Jain said the word "excellent" about sums up his feeling on winning the honor. As for the recognition of his work, Jain said that working with fellow students, both undergraduates and graduates, is less a job and more a learning experience.

"I would say if not for them, this [award] probably would not have happened," he said.

If not for six student workers at the Career Center, Cheryl Janowsky certainly would not have been nominated for and won the 2005 Employer of the Year award, also presented at the ceremony.

Janowsky, who was both surprised and thrilled to win the honor, said the 14 student workers at the Career Center are the ones who really deserve the kudos.

"They just about run the place," she said. "They are the first point of contact for students and employers who utilize the Career Center."

Brian Anderson, one of the six students who nominated Janowsky and co-winner of second place for Student Employee of the Year, said that Janowsky is not just a supportive boss but also a trusted friend.

"Her office door is always open for work and school issues," said Anderson, a senior biology major. "She involves all of us in really important projects and makes the office feel like a second home, one you always feel welcome in."

In addition to Anderson and Janowsky, the Career Center staff received another honor, a group recognition award. Group awards were also given to Advanced Academic Programs' Online Education; Office of Recreation; Athletics Office; Center for Talented Youth's Registration Office; Hopkins Symphony Orchestra; Registrar's Office; Security, Parking and Transportation; and the Visual Resources Collection at the History of Art Department.

Forty-one students and 28 employers were nominated for this year's individual awards. Each nominee received a certificate and a commemmorative T-shirt.

In a tie, Diane Smirnova also earned a second place Student Employee of the Year award, for her work at the Athletic Center. Christina Bonsanti from Security, Parking and Transportation took third place. Matt Dragon, who works at IT@JH, and Ryan Carroll, from SPSBE's Homewood Center, both placed fourth.

In the Employer of the Year category, second place went to Alice Brainerd at IT@JH's Student Information Services. Todd Bullock, who works at SPSBE's Office of Finance and Administration, came in third place, and fourth went to the Annual Fund Office's Jillian Davis. Judges for the student awards were Gerald Levin, administrative manager in the Department of Biophysics; Wen Shen, assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics; and Anand Narayan, a medical student. Judges for the employer awards were Beverly Rivero, a senior in the Writing Seminars; Allison Tsao, a junior biomedical engineering major; and Brijesh Shetty, a graduate student in Computer Science.


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