Turner wins Luce award to study bioethics in Asia

May 18, 2004 12:19 a.m.

Princeton senior Lauren Turner has been awarded a 2004-05 Luce Scholarship to spend a year either in Singapore or Japan working on issues related to bioethics.

Turner, of Berwyn, Pa., is an English major and a certificate candidate in American studies. Currently the president of Princeton's Student Bioethics Forum, she plans to use her Luce Scholarship to pursue research on "the legal, ethical and social implications of genetic technologies, especially embryonic stem cell research."

Turner said she will most likely choose from two possible assignments: to conduct research at a university in Singapore while also working with the Bioethics Advisory Committee of Singapore; or to work at a university in Japan with a leading expert on bioethics issues in Asia.

The Luce Scholars Program, administered by the Henry Luce Foundation, provides stipends and internships for 15 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.

Jana Rumminger, a member of Princeton's class of 1997 who is completing a law degree at Northeastern University, also is among the winners of the 2004-05 Luce Scholarships. Rumminger plans to pursue an anti-corruption project in Cambodia that is monitoring the proceedings of trials of serious crimes and human rights abuses or to work with a women's organization in Malaysia that is examining gender-equality issues.

More details are available in a news release.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601