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May 25, 2004

Sheldon Student Honored With Top UI Award

Kelly Kay Andringa of Sheldon was recently honored with the University of Iowa Distinguished Student Leader Certificate, one of the most prestigious awards given to UI students.

Awards were presented at the Finkbine Dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union on April 27. The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow students and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and an 1880 UI law graduate.

Andringa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program. She is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Oxygen Society and is currently a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award trainee. Her research focuses on developing a more effective cancer therapy that spares normal tissues, leading to less toxicity for the patient. She has team taught lectures for radiation therapy technologists courses. Her professional affiliations include the Radiation Research Society and the American Association of Cancer Research. A student representative on the Graduate Council and an active member of Graduate Student Senate, this year Andringa was the co-organizer of the Jakobsen Graduate Student Forum.

Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

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