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Young Alumna Global Winner in UG Awards

Dr. Van de Moortel next to Juhi Patel

Juhi Patel, a spring 2019 graduate, was named a global winner in the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards, the world’s largest international academic awards program that recognizes excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business, and creative arts.

Juhi Patel, of Knoxville, Tennessee, earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and classics. She is the global winner in the classical studies and archaeology category. Patel was awarded a Fulbright and will seek a master’s degree in the history of medicine at Newcastle University in England.

Patel’s submission, “Applying Modern Immunology to the Plague of Ancient Athens,” was based on her honors thesis, which looked at a plague that ravaged ancient Athens during the Peloponnesian War. She investigated how a refugee crisis may have affected the rapid spread of the plague, and how the illness could have been slowed through the adoption of protocols developed by modern immunologists.

Three other recent graduates and one current UT student were also named winners in the competition. Read More