Pharmacy Doctoral Student to Receive Libby Gardner Prize

Pharmacy Doctoral Student to Receive Libby Gardner Prize

May 3, 2004 6:00 PM

Cathyyen Dang, who will receive her Pharm.D. degree at the College of Pharmacy commencement on Friday, will be awarded the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize as this year's outstanding female student in Health Sciences at the University of Utah.

Established in memory of Elizabeth (Libby) Gardner, the late wife of former University of Utah President David P. Gardner, the prize, which carries a $1,000 cash award, recognizes an outstanding female student on the basis of her service to the community and University, personal integrity, leadership skills, academic performance, and similar attributes that show exceptional personal and professional promise.

In addition to being in the top 10 percent of her class, Dang has volunteered as a Winter Diabetes Camp Counselor for the Foundation for Children and Youth with Diabetes; worked at the Senior Expo Ask-a-Pharmacist program; administered influenza vaccines at the Steiner Ice Arena; and served as a glaucoma screener for Prevent Blindness Utah.

Dang also has served as vice-president and co-founder of the Vietnamese Student Organization at the University of Utah and as Secretary of the Asian American Student Association.

Libby Gardner possessed a quiet inner strength and dignity, uncommon grace and graciousness, and an exceptional ability to deal with the demanding realities of life while retaining a firm sense of self and family. As First Lady of the University of Utah from 1973-1983, she was a strong advocate of and ambassador for the University throughout the nation and the world. Expressing her belief and confidence in education, young people, and, especially, women students, she contributed significantly to the advancement of the University and its mission.

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