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Two Reed alumni were recently awarded Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The fellowships were awarded to 35 graduate students in the final stages of writing doctoral dissertations on topics of ethical or religious values. The winners, chosen from 486 applicants at 97 graduate schools, will receive a stipend of $14,000 for their studies in subjects ranging from philosophy and religion, to art, literature, history, anthropology, and political science.

Maria Ruth Hibbets graduated from Reed College in 1991. Now a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, Hibbets is working towards a doctorate in the field of Sanskrit and Indian studies. Her proposed dissertation topic is "The Virtue of Generosity in Medieval Indian Religion." Hibbets Reed thesis was titled An Investigation Into the Negative Dialects of Nagarjuna and Candrakirti, completed for an interdisciplinary major in philosophy and religion. Hibbets, daughter of William and Kathleen Hibbets of Tempe, Arizona, has previously received a Fulbright Fellowship.

Rupert S. Stasch, also a 1991 Reed graduate, majored in anthropology. Now at the University of Chicago, Stasch's proposed doctoral dissertation in anthropology addresses "The Moral Symbolism of Ingestion in an Egalitarian Society: Eating and the Subject Among Korowai of Irian Jaya, Indonesia." Stasch's Reed thesis was on Rethinking the Culture Concept. Stasch, son of Nick and Mary Stasch of Junction City, California, has previously received the Roy D. Albert Prize from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Predoctoral Small Grant, and a Fulbright Student Fellowship to Indonesia.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, in Princeton, New Jersey, designs and operates a variety of programs to encourage excellence in American education. The foundation's most prominent concerns are offering fellowships for graduate study, improving the status and representation of minority groups and women at all levels of education, fostering the professional development of teachers, and encouraging greater cooperation between the academy and other sectors of society.

Since its founding in 1909, Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide one of the nation's most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences in the liberal arts and sciences: each of Reed's 1200 students must demonstrate competency in a chosen major by passing a junior qualifying exam and writing a senior thesis. "Success" at Reed is measured by a student's increased intellectual capabilities, with an emphasis on critical thinking and original thought.

Reed students and graduates receive some the country's most competitive fellowships and awards: Reed has produced 30 Rhodes Scholars since 1915, a number met by only one other small college in the country. This year only one other undergraduate institution, Yale, had more than one alumnus receive the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship. Reed ranks second in the nation among all institutes of higher learning in the production of future Ph.D.s.