Denison students win national and international awards
Date of Event: May 28, 2010
Posted: May 28, 2010
This year, 18 Denison University students and recent graduates have been presented with national and international awards. These Denisonians will travel throughout the world, from Germany to Ireland, from China to Morocco, and many places in between. The list of honorees and their awards is found below.
Sam Behrend, a computer science and mathematics double major from Raleigh, N.C., has accepted a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program scholarship.
Jonathan Cachat, an individually designed major from Avon, Ohio, was given an honorable mention by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Courtney Cobb, an economics major from Sylvania, Ohio, has been awarded a Fulbright study grant to enroll in the MEconSc European and Public Affairs multi-disciplinary master’s program at University College Dublin, Ireland, in the fall. The grant will allow her to become acquainted with European affairs, public policy, and the European Union using a multidisciplinary approach involving economics, business, politics, and law.
Nora Deeg, a Spanish and English literature double major from Zionsville, Ind., has received a English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Spain. She will teach English language learners in an elementary school in Valencia. Deeg also received a Music Performance Certification.
Leah Ewing, a German and theatre double major with a minor in music performance from St. Cloud, Minn., will spend next year in Austria teaching English under a grant from the Austrian Fulbright Commission. Ewing has spent many summers teaching at Concordia Language Villages.
Betsy Fisher, who majored in political science as well as creating a major in Arabic and the Middle East, has received a English Teaching Assistantship to Jordan. An accomplished ukulele player from Toledo, Ohio, Fisher plans a future in refugee work with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.
Erin Gorsich, a biology major from Dover, Ohio, has accepted a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Pai Han, a sophomore geosciences major from Tianjin, China, will be completing a DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) program in Germany this summer. Han will work with a German doctoral student studying magmatic and hydrothermal systems of the ocean floor, as well as learning German language and culture.
Jane Coleman Harbison, a history and French double major with a minor in music from Nashville, Tenn., will work closely with the French Atlantic History Group while pursuing a one-year master’s in history at McGill University in Canada. Her Fulbright research grant will allow her to look at issues of slavery in the French Atlantic as represented in public forms of historical memory.
Nicole Jimenez, a sophomore environmental studies major with a concentration in American historical political ecology from Weston, Mass., has been awarded a Morris K. Udall Scholarship in environmental studies, which will provide her with additional funding for her junior and seniors years at Denison. Jimenez recently received a Great Lakes College Association grant to fund a feasibility study on a sustainability project concerning wind energy.
Jenna Kelly, a psychology major from Buffalo Grove, Ill., was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Kelly will begin her graduate studies in neuroscience this fall.
Kim Lewis, an anthropology and Spanish double major from Columbia, S.C., has received an English Teaching Assistantship to Ecuador, where she will train future English as a second language (ESL) teachers.
Leslie Marshall, a philosophy, politics and economics major from Louisville, Ky., has received a Critical Language Scholarship to study language in Indonesia this summer.
Evan Pugh, a double major in biology and environmental studies from Roseville, Minn., has been funded by a Boren Scholarship to do intensive language study in Morocco. He will study both Moroccan Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez during 2010-11. Pugh plans to pursue a graduate degree in agriculture and work for the U.S. Department of State in the Middle East.
Michael Shirar, history and German double major from St. Louis, received an English Teaching Assistantship in Austria next year. Shirar studied at Giessen, Germany, and hopes to go into German education.
Tom Simeone, an international studies and German double major from Bethesda, Md., received an English Teaching Assistantship in Austria next year. Simone studied at Freiburg and would like to be a professional educator.
Devon Widmer, a sophomore chemistry and creative writing major from Cincinnati, was selected for the ACS International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) exchange program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Widmer was one of the two students selected for the internship at CPE-Lyon in Villeurbanne, France.
Teresa Young, a Spanish and communication double major from Payne, Ohio, will use her basketball skills and interest in physical education to facilitate cultural exchange while she teaches English in Argentina’s English Teacher Training Colleges with her English Teaching Assistantship.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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