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International Service Award to be presented

Monday, May 12, 2008, 5:30 p.m. 243 Frist Campus Center
Princeton junior Tashfin Samiul Huq and the Princeton University Language Project will receive the 2008 International Service Award, which is presented annually by the Davis International Center to a student or student group in recognition of cross-cultural humanitarian endeavors.

The award will be presented at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, in 243 Frist Campus Center. The ceremony is open to the public.

Huq, an ecology and evolutionary biology major and a native of Bangladesh, will be honored for co-establishing the nongovernmental organization Combating AIDS and Protecting Environment Society. The organization is part of a national movement in Bangladesh to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among the urban and rural poor. The society also tries to educate the poor on sanitation, food nutrition and health maintenance through free camps.

The Princeton University Language Project is a student-led organization that offers free translation services to civic engagement organizations worldwide. It has provided services for nonprofit organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and Safe Kids Worldwide, an international organization dedicated to preventing childhood injury. Founded three years ago, the language project now has more than 300 student members.

The awards will be presented by Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson and philanthropist Kathryn Davis. The Davis International Center is named for Kathryn Davis and her late husband, Shelby Cullom Davis, a member of the Princeton class of 1930.

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