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Project L/EARN News and Events » Femi Betiku receives Award

Femi Betiku receives 2011 Guarnaccia Award
August 2011. The 2011 “Intern of the Year” Award was given to Femi Betiku, an exercise science major at Rutgers University. Mr. Betiku worked under the guidance of Dr. Shalonda Kelly of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology to write a paper about “The Effects of Racial Identity, Stereotypical Black Masculinity & Socioeconomic Status on the Psychological and Somatic Health of African American Men.” He is currently applying to doctoral programs in Physical Therapy.

"L to R: Dr. Shalonda Kelly, Femi Betiku, Dr. Peter Guarnaccia.

The award was created to honor Dr. Peter Guarnaccia for his dedication to developing and overseeing Project L/EARN. Each summer’s recipient is chosen by vote of his/her peers, based on their rankings of all interns in terms of dedication, passion, tenacity and work ethic – characteristics that Dr. Guarnaccia has brought to the program and modeled to the interns in his role as director, guest lecturer, writing workshop teacher, and mentor.
Dr. Guarnaccia is a medical anthropologist at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. He stepped down as Faculty Director of Project L/EARN in 2008, after 12 years in that role under funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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