Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Congratulations, Dr. Prisno (SHINE 208 International Student Awardee)

Pinoy doctor gets special award in UK writing contest

(Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/89504/Pinoy-doctor-gets-special-award-in-UK-writing-contest)

MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino taking up his doctoral degree in the United Kingdom received a special award from an international competition which celebrates the achievements of international students and their contributions to the UK.The Department of Foreign Affairs reported the accomplishment of Dr. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III, a third-year PhD student at the School of Social Sciences of Cardiff University in Wales.

Prisno received a “Highly Commended" award from the SHINE 2008 International Student Award from the British Council, the UK's international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations.“I am extremely happy with the award as I have made a very good name for Cardiff University and my country, the Philippines," Prisno said.According to the DFA, Prisno joined the contest for people to understand the plight of populations in poverty and marginalized conditions, and what he does to help the less fortunate. He is the first Filipino to win the award.

Eligible international students had to write a letter narrating how the UK has excited or challenged them.“It’s easy to enter. Simply write us a letter telling us all about your time in the UK and how the UK has challenged and excited you.

Our panel of judges – other students, education professionals and British Council colleagues – will choose the best letters to become shining examples of UKlife for future international students," read in the competitions’ website.

Prisno, who hails from Tacloban City, is a medical doctor with special interest in global health and international health policy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (cum laude) degree and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. Prisno has worked in the field of international health and health research and policy in the Philippines, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Brazil under the European Union, World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization. His PhD research looks at the sexual risk taking behavior of merchant seafarers in the context of AIDS. “I have been working mostly in the area of health and welfare, poverty and HIV/AIDS. My research is looking at the vulnerability of seafarers to HIV/AIDS," he explained.

- Mark J. Ubalde, GMANews.TV


Note: I think that Dr. Prisno and I were together in one of the International Science and Engineering (ISEF) events organized by Intel, either in ISEF 2003 (in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) or in ISEF 2006 (in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA). I was one of the Grand Awards Judges in these events.



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