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University of Massachusetts- The Ruben and Patricia King-Shaw Family Fund for Academic Excellence supports UMass Student Opportunities

In 2007, The Ruben and Patricia King-Shaw Family Fund for Academic Excellence was established with the purpose of providing support for students for opportunities that enhance their learning experiences. The University of Massachusetts is proud to announce that students participating in the following programs will be assisted by the King-Shaw fund for the 2007-2008 academic year.

At UMass Boston, 11 students enrolled in an honors course on international epidemics co-taught by Professor and Honors Director, Rajini Srikanth and Associate Honors Director, Professor Dick Cluster, have been named King-Shaw Fellows.

On January 13, Professors Srikanth and Cluster left with their students for Cape Town, South Africa for a ten day trip where students will observe the implementation of HIV/AIDS health care delivery in the township of Khayelitsha. Combining multidisciplinary pedagogy and community involvement with an international field experience, students learn first hand the challenges facing local residents. Support from the King-Shaw fund offset the cost of airfare incurred by the participating students.

At UMass Worcester, 22 students from the medical school have been named King-Shaw Fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. These 1st and 2nd year medical students will travel to work in clinics around the world. The International Medical Education office, run by Dr. Michael Godkin, is very successful with the rate of participation double the national average. The selected King-Shaw Fellows will be given funding to help with the cost of transportation to the clinic locations.

The Ruben and Patricia King-Shaw Family Fund for Academic Excellence was established in February 2007, as a five-year commitment, with the generosity of UMass Trustee Ruben King-Shaw and his wife Patricia. The purpose of the fund is to support activities that advance the strategic goals of the Office of the Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations which may not be covered by the regular budget. This year, recognizing the value of a global education, the fund put necessary importance on offsetting the cost of international experiences for students. The grant is overseen by the Office of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations.

1/24/08