Annual Honors Convocation | Spotlight

Honors abound as Cal State L.A. commends 3,000

Rhodes Scholar physician returns to alma mater to keynote 49th Convocation

Photo of Dr. Leana Wen.

Leana Wen, M.D.: “Cal State L.A. provided me with many valuable opportunities and amazing mentors. I feel strongly that I received an excellent, diverse education from Cal State L.A.”

* Cal State L.A. TODAY magazine feature: /univ/

* New York Times’ award-winning essay:

* Blog about Africa trip: http://twofortheroad.blogs.

* Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship: /univ/

* Rhodes Scholarship: /univ/

Celebrating the stellar academic achievements of more than 3,000 students, Cal State L.A.’s 49th Honors Convocation will take place Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Eagles Nest Gymnasium. The formal ceremony will be followed by individual College programs and receptions.

Picture of 2008 Honors Convocation.
2008 Honors Convocation. (Click for hi-res image.)

Coordinated by the Division of Academic Affairs, Friday’s special program will honor Cal State L.A. students whose academic records place them in the top fifth percentile of their peers—along with Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, incoming freshmen with high grade-point averages, and G.E. honors program participants.

Delivering this year’s keynote address will be Cal State L.A. alumna Leana Wen, M.D., a resident physician in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Brigham & Women’s/
Massachusetts General Hospital.

At 18, Dr. Wen graduated summa cum laude from Cal State L.A., earning a B.S. in biochemistry and garnering a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. She was one of two students selected to accompany New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof on a journey to Africa in 2007. From 2005 to 2006, she served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association. In 2006, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar to study at the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Wen also served as a Global Health Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she researched trade policies and access to medicines. As a Department of Defense David L. Boren Fellow, she also studied conflict and HIV in Kigali, Rwanda.

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