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WRITER: SOK LIN LIM
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
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Release: May 19, 2000

UI student wins Ambassador Award from Malaysian Embassy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A recent University of Iowa graduate has won the Ambassador Award for Outstanding Malaysian Student from the Malaysian Student Department, an office within the Malaysian Embassy in Washington, D.C. May Yee Ng, who graduated in May with a B.S. with highest distinction and honors in actuarial science, is one of several Malaysian students studying in the United States selected to receive the award.

The Ambassador's Award is given to Malaysian students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement throughout their college years in the United States. Ng will receive the award at a banquet at Purdue University June 4.

Gary Althen, director of the University of Iowa Office of International Student and Scholars (OISS), nominated Ng for the award. "Ms. Ng's record includes more than a stellar academic performance," he wrote. "She served with distinction as President of the Malaysian Student Society at the University of Iowa. She has volunteered to assist newly-arriving students taking part in this office's orientation programs."

Ng is on the Dean's and President's Lists and was involved in many extra-curricular activities.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.