Juliet Dang, a second-year PhD candidate in oral biology in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2012.
Six students, one from each UW Health Sciences school, received the award, which is given on the basis of academic performance and potential scientific contributions.
Dang, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, received her B.S. in biology from the University of Winnipeg in 2002 and a dental hygiene diploma from the University of Manitoba in 2006. After working for two years, she entered the UW master’s degree program in oral biology and received her degree in 2010. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the human papillomavirus and oral cancer.
“The Magnuson Award for Scholars has been one of the most extraordinary awards I have ever received,” Dang said. “I definitely learned that it takes a team of support and numerous critiques in order to create success for one person.”
Dang has participated in the UW Dream Project, assisting high school students with their college applications, and also volunteers with a mentoring program for Vietnamese girls. Her activities include rock climbing, yoga, acting and modeling, and French cooking, and she also holds a black belt in tae kwon do. The Magnuson Scholar awards commemorate the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, who was a strong supporter of health research.