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Student awarded University's highest academic honor (Released 3/11/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Renu Chharbra of Glastonbury, a pharmacy major at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

Once selected, a University Scholar is allowed to pursue an academic program tailored to his or her unique intellectual interests and abilities. Chharbra's University Scholar project is titled "Cancer and the Medicinal Chemistry of Carbohydrates."

The project, inspired by the death of Chharbra's uncle from cancer two years ago, involves synthesizing potential anti-tumor agents that would slow or stop the spread of cancer throughout the body.

Last year Chharbra won the Merck Award for outstanding achievement in pharmacy studies and received a research grant from the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

Chharbra is a member of Rho Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board and Golden Key national honor societies. She has also been a tutor for other undergraduate students in chemistry and calculus. After graduating, she hopes to obtain a graduate degree in pharmacy.

Chharbra is a graduate of Glastonbury High School.