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UI students recognized for work efforts on campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kenneth Jandik of Iowa City has been selected as University of Iowa Student Employee of the Year in recognition of his significant contributions as a student researcher.

Jandik is one of four student employees recognized for their achievements and accomplishments in conjunction with National Student Employment Week, April 6-12. Jandik was presented with an award and Iowa Memorial Union Bookstore gift certificate by Vice President for Student Services Phillip Jones. The other students will be presented certificates at their job sites by Cindy Seyfer, UI assistant director of student financial aid.

Jandik was nominated by Pharmacy Professor Robert J. Linhardt, who has employed the dental student in his laboratory the past six years, first as an undergraduate biology student until he graduated, and most recently, as a professional student in the College of Dentistry. According to Linhardt, Jandik is a respected senior member of the research team, which includes professors and students, and has served as a mentor to other students. Unique in his status as a published undergraduate researcher, Jandik's research accomplishments include working on the development of new drugs aimed at treating cancer and viral infections.

Other student honorees, who were nominated by their employers, are:

- Scott O'Malley of Iowa City, a senior majoring in computer science, received a certificate of distinction for his work as a student clerk at the university water plant.

- Leng Hoay Tan of Malaysia, a senior finance major, received a certificate of appreciation for work as a marketing administrator in the Image Analysis Facility.

- Lora Lynn Jarrett of Ottumwa, a student in the Pharm.D. program in the College of Pharmacy, received a certificate of appreciation for work as a pharmacy technician at Central Pharmacy in the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Although these four students were singled out, the university appreciates the efforts of all student hourly, part-time employees. The UI employs approximately 12,000 student hourly and 2,000 work-study employees each year. These students make a significant contribution to the achievement of the university's goals and operations, said Seyfer.