Zhang named recipient of 2012 Eric A. Walker Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ce Zhang, a senior majoring in biology in the Eberly College of Science, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award.

The award is presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Walker was president of Penn State from 1956 to 1970.

Zhang, a scholar in the Schreyer Honors College, is the founder and president of Tippy-Taps for Africa (TTFA), a student organization dedicated to education and promotion of hand-washing practices in Uganda to reduce sanitation-related child health problems. Since its development in 2009, TTFA has provided 80 low-cost hand-washing stations and implemented eight hand-washing educational programs in rural Ugandan elementary schools. Zhang also has conducted a small-scale intervention study of hand-washing behaviors at schools supplied with tippy-taps. He has been selected to give an oral presentation on his work April 21-22 at the Unite for Sight 9th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University.

He also serves as co-chairperson on the Student Organizations Conduct Committee, vice chief justice on the University Park Undergraduate Association Board of Arbitration and as a member of the Uganda Village Project Board of Trustees. He has served as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) for Penn State University Ambulance Services and has been an undergraduate researcher in the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences since 2009 and at the Penn State Population Research Institute since 2010.

“Ce is a remarkable young scholar and on top of it all a wonderful human being,” one nominator said. “It is a pleasure to know him.”

Last Updated January 10, 2014