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School of Informatics grad student Judy Wawira Gichoya named Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar

Judy Wawira Gichoya
Judy Wawira Gichoya

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May 10, 2012

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Judy Wawira Gichoya, M.B.Ch.B., a graduate student in health informatics and a Regenstrief Institute Biomedical Informatics Fellow, has been named one of 70 scholars for the prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.

Gichoya, a Kenyan physician, is the only student from Indiana named as a recipient or finalist this year. She is a Regional East African Center for Health Informatics (REACH) Fellow at Regenstrief. REACH is funded by NIH’s Fogarty International Center and focuses on three main areas: post-doctoral informatics training to East Africans to enhance clinical and public health research to improve health care delivery; short courses and practicum training to support the development, implementation, maintenance, evolution and use of electronic health records in low-income countries; and leadership development in global e-health.

Seventy scholars and 79 finalists were named this year. They attend universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East or Africa. These students will attend the annual Google Scholars Retreat this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend tech talks on Google products, network with other scholars and participate in social activities. Students from the U.S. and Canada will attend the retreat in Mountain View, Calif., and students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will attend the retreat in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Anita Borg, who devoted her life to encouraging the presence of women in computing and founded the Institute for Women in Technology in 1997. Borg passed away in 2003, and the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004. Her legacy lives on today through this scholarship and the organization she created, which has since been re-named the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology.

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Regenstrief Institute, Inc., an internationally recognized informatics and healthcare research organization, is dedicated to the improvement of health through research that enhances the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

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