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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

Iowa City Student Honored With Top UI Award

Peter Cho of Iowa City was recently honored with the Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallion, one of the most prestigious awards given to University of Iowa students.

Awards were presented at the Finkbine Dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union on April 27. The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow students and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and an 1880 UI law graduate.

The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964. The awards, which recognize outstanding leadership, learning and loyalty, are named after Finkbine and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the UI from 1940 to 1964. Nominations for the student awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans.

Cho is a third year dental student from Iowa City. He has maintained an exceptional academic record while participating in a rigorous dental curriculum and student research program. A recipient of the Dental Research Award, his research focuses on understanding how bone cells interact with dental implant surfaces during a process called osseointegration. His research has led to several presentations at the International Association for Dental Research and a manuscript in the peer-reviewed journal Implant Dentistry. Cho is currently serving a two-year term as president-elect and president of the National Student Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research. He is a member of the College of Dentistry American Association for Dental Research Student Chapter.

Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of Cho receiving his award from Skorton can be downloaded from the University News Service Web site at http://www.uiowa.%7Eournews/2004/may/images/052504peter-cho-hr.jpg

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu