Johns Hopkins University

Spring 2008
Vol. 5, No.2


William R. Brody to Retire from Presidency

Lattman to Lead Hauptman-Woodward Institute

A Learning Lab for Conservation

A Super Bowl He Won't Soon Forget

>Student Standouts

Mellon Foundation Boosts Support for Humanities

The Financial Side of Economics

Writin' About a Revolution

Conversation in Bloom

Admissions by the Numbers

Moving a Mummy, Going Green

Faculty News

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Student Standouts

For the first time, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has selected two Arts and Sciences undergraduates in one year to receive its prestigious Truman Scholarships. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Arts and Sciences students have won the award, which is given annually to extraordinary college juniors committed to careers in public service.

Juniors Kurt Herzer, a public health studies major, and Sonia Sarkar, a double major in public health and international studies, join the 63 other Truman Scholars chosen this year from among 595 candidates nationwide. Each receives up to $30,000 for graduate study, as well as special advising, leadership training, and internship opportunities.

Herzer, who plans to attend medical school, works in quality improvement management at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and has prepared reports on patient safety and risk management for the World Health Organization. He has also organized a student group dedicated to tackling public health issues and volunteered at a National Institutes of Health camp for children with cancer.

Sarkar has devoted herself to improving health conditions in Baltimore housing, serving on the board of directors for Project HEALTH, a national nonprofit, and she was instrumental in developing an urban health and advocacy course that debuted this spring. She also leads a multicultural mentoring assistance program and acts as a leadership consultant. She plans to study public health law.

Both Herzer and Sarkar had already seen high honors this semester: In February, USA Today named Herzer to its 17th annual All-USA College Academic First Team, with Sarkar earning an honorable mention.