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Silver Knight Award Recipient to Attend Medical Scholars Program in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 16, 2013) —Bettina Teng recently received the Silver Knight Award in Science, one of the nation’s most highly regarded student award programs that recognizes outstanding students who have unselfishly applied their knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities while maintaining academic excellence. Teng, who is currently working in the laboratory of Mark Kantorow, Ph.D., professor of biomedical science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, will attend FAU's medical scholars program in the College of Medicine and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. This accelerated program is designed for academically talented high school students who have made a sound, early decision to study medicine and awards a B.A. and M.D. degree.

“Bettina epitomizes the extraordinary qualities we desire from our medical students,” said Dr. David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., dean and executive director for medical affairs in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. “In addition to being an outstanding student, she is compassionate and dedicated to community service.”

Teng, an honors graduate of the University School of Nova Southeastern University, is gifted in science and music. She found a practical use for her talent in playing the violin: improving the lives of disabled children and adults. By volunteering to play the violin at the Ann Storck Center, a nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities, she witnessed firsthand how the simple sound of music engaged the Center’s clients and improved their days. Determined to do more, Teng went on to establish the Ann Storck Charity at her school. The charity has raised money for the Center and also collected school supplies for the Center’s preschool. She has been first violinist for the South Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra for seven years. Teng also achieved a first-place finish at the Broward County science fair (going on to place second statewide) and received the Yale Science and Engineering Award for her research in physics.

Her father is Dr. Peter Teng, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist in Hialeah who migrated from Taipei, Taiwan in the 1970s; her mother is MeiMei Luo, a virtuoso violinist who trained in her hometown at the Shenyang Conservatory and later the Shanghai Conservatory. Luo has performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli and is currently the first violinist of the Delray String Quartet and concertmaster of the Boca Symphonia as well as the Miami City Ballet Orchestra.

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