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President Tilghman receives six honorary degrees

Hailed for her leadership and scientific contributions, President Shirley M. Tilghman has recently received honorary doctor of science degrees from Yale University, Bard College, Dickinson College, Westminster Choir College and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, her alma mater. She will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Oxford on June 19.

Tilghman was selected last May as Princeton's 19th president after serving on the molecular biology faculty since 1986. She is the first woman to hold that office in the University's 256-year history. Tilghman is a pioneer in the efforts to map the human genome and is dedicated to advancing minorities and women in science.

As Tilghman received her honorary degree at Yale's commencement ceremony, president Richard Levin stated, "From participation in cloning the first mammalian gene to groundbreaking discoveries about the nature of genetic determinism, you have made a lasting mark on the progress of science. Through research into imprinting and the molecular mechanisms underlying gene silencing, you have deepened our understanding of the origin of the species. You bring a distinguished record as a teacher, scientist and advocate for science to the Presidency of Princeton University."

For more information regarding president Tilghman and her recent accomplishments, see the profile of her first year in office in the Weekly Bulletin .

About the photo above: Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman receives her honorary degree at Queen's University. Photo by Celia Russell, Queen's University Gazette.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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