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Eugene Shenderov

College: Brooklyn College
Awards: Rhodes Scholarship, 2005

From Chernobyl to Cancer Research

Eugene Shenderov, a graduate of Brooklyn College, was a 2005 Rhodes Scholarship recipient. He is working on his doctorate in immunology, with a specialty in cancer research, at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. While at Brooklyn College, Shenderov participated in the college's prestigious Coordinated BA-MD program. The program prepares students for medical studies at Downstate College of Medicine of the State University of New York. Shenderov was the recipient of the Brooklyn College Foundation Presidential Scholarship, the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship and the Irving R. and Pauline K. Shaw Chemistry Scholarship. He also was president of the Brooklyn College Chess Team, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society at Brooklyn College, a director of the Brooklyn College Emergency Medical Squad and a three-time letter-winner on the men's tennis team. Born in the Ukraine, Shenderov was 2 years old when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, 140 miles from his home, melted down. He developed leukemia, and the Shenderovs immigrated to Brooklyn to seek treatment when he was 6.