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HWS students earn extensive honors

This spring, numerous HWS students have distinguished themselves through their academic achievements, earning some of the most competitive and respected national and institutional scholarships and grants, joining the ranks of countless HWS scholars who have come before.

Next fall, biology and environmental studies double major Brittany Flaherty ’10 will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia on a Fulbright Scholarship to study and conduct research at the University of British Columbia.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential-with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

At UBC, Flaherty will analyze data about land use in the Canadian portion of the Sumas River watershed, studying the impacts of dense agriculture on nutrient and heavy metal levels as reported by the UBC Water, Ecosystems and Communities research group. 

From a highly competitive field of more than 1,000 applicants, Jessica Popp ’11 was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards granted to undergraduates studying the sciences.  Deirdre Wholly ’11 earned an Honorable Mention.

Popp, a biology major, will receive scholarship funds that cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board.  These funds will help her to focus on her goals after HWS-pursuing a Ph.D. in marine biology, conducting research in marine mammal science and teaching at the university level.  Wholly, a chemistry major, hopes to use her place on the list of finalists as a stepping stone for a career researching medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals. 

An individual major in “Asian Media Studies,” which incorporates women’s studies, Asian studies, and media and society, Emma Pierce-Schell ’12 has been selected for a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, which will enable her to travel this summer to South Korea, where she will be immersed in South Korean culture and study Korean in an intensive language institute. 

The Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas and is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages.  CLS program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

A philosophy major and public policy minor with a concentration in health and a member of the pre-med program while completing her B.A., Hannah Zale ’09 has been named a national finalist in the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Robert Taylor ’11, a double major in biology and environmental studies, has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the Morris K. Udall National Foundation for the 2010 grant year.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall’s legacy of public service. The Foundation is supported by a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector. There have been 916 Udall Scholars since the first awards in 1996. Congressman Udall served in the House of Representatives for three decades and was instrumental in many pieces of environmental legislation, including the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, which doubled the size of the national park system and tripled the amount of national wilderness. Udall was also a champion of the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance.

Travis Blum ’10, a biochemistry major and environmental studies minor, received Honorable Mention in for the 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

The NSF aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

Amanda Ward ’11, a double major in political science and international social justice, and John Monaghan ’11, a double major in political science and public policy, were selected as finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Providing up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public services fields, the Truman Foundation selects between 60 and 65 college juniors in a nationwide search to find and recognize students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to a career in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service.  The scholarship provides students with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowships with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.  

This year’s Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend recipients include Daniel Organ ’11, Lisa Philippone ’11 and Ben Ahearn ’11.

Created by gifts Charles Salisbury ’63 P’94, L.H.D. ’08, this fund provides financial support of up to $15,000 for three students interested in pursuing an international internship experience in a location of the student’s choice.  This award may provide a stipend for the internship, lodging, airfare, passport/visa expenses, meals, ground travel, traveler’s insurance, and/or other expenses related to an international internship opportunity.

Organ, an economics major and international relations minor, will travel to Brazil, where he will work for Equity Group Investments.  He will meet with management teams of different sectors of the real estate market in Brazil to review their real estate portfolios, ascertain how each individual company will benefit from the emerging middle class and visit as many as six major Brazilian cities to understand each company’s assets.

Philippone, a cultural anthropology major and environmental studies minor, will work on the Mansukh Organic farm in Rajasthan, India.  On the family owned farm that grows produce and runs a school for underprivileged children in the village, she will farm, dig irrigation canals and teach computer and English classes. 

Architecture major Ahearn will return to Copenhagen, where he studied abroad last fall, to work at and learn from one of the most forward-thinking firms in the city, Force 4 Architects.

Architecture major and studio art minor Katherine Giglio ’11 is the 2010 recipient of the Eric Cohler Award. 

Supported by gifts from Eric Cohler ’81, this annual award supports one Hobart or William Smith student interested in design and/or the arts through internship and study abroad experiences.  The first component of the award is a two-week internship at Eric Cohler Design, Inc. in New York City the summer prior to the recipient’s senior year.  The second component of the award includes 10 days of study in Europe, to be completed following the two weeks at Eric Cohler Design.  Cities to be considered include Florence, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Prague and Athens. 

This award will cover lodging and a stipend for the New York City internship component; lodging, round-trip airfare and a stipend will be provided for Giglio’s time in Paris, where she will study design in primarily post 19th-century French buildings.