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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program has recently awarded nine fellowship awards for 1997-98 to Reed College graduating seniors and recent alumni.

Reed has a history of producing a disproportionately large number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s and meet with other success in the sciences. Forty years ago Scientific American said, "This small college in Oregon has been far and away more productive of future scientists than any other institution in the U.S." This tradition holds true with examples such as: Howard Rheingold, '68, a noted expert and writer on computing and its impact on communication, and consultant for the congressional Office of Technology on communication in the information age; Steve Jobs, '76, co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc., founder of NeXT, Inc., and, as the creator of the modern personal computer interface, recipient of the National Technology Medal from President Reagan in 1985; Rachel Klevit, '78, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Washington and one of the first women to win a Rhodes Scholarship; William Neuhauser, '81, co-founder with David Billstrom, '81, of Media Mosaic, which produces multimedia instructional CD-ROMs; and Kip Guy, '90, a member of the research team that produced the world's first synthetic version of the cancer-fighting drug taxol.

The NSF grants these fellowships to students who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study. The NSF seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. Continuing a long history of success, NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering. Visit NSF and its Graduate Fellowship Program on the World Wide Web for more information.

The graduating seniors awarded with NSF fellowships for 1997-98:

  • Akesha Lightrain Baron '97, of Seattle, Washington, who will be studying anthropology and linguistics at the University of South Africa.
  • James Farrell '97, of Del Mar, California, who will be working with Reed physics professor John Powell under an HHMI grant before going on to study biophysics at the California Institute of Technology.
  • Douglas Squirrel '97, of Portland, Oregon, who will be studying mathematics at Princeton University.
Recent alumni granted fellowships:
  • Wylie Neal Harris '96, of Saint Jo, Texas, who is studying biology at the University of New Mexico.
  • Nicholas James Kaplinsky '93, of Palo Alto, California, who is studying genetics at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Elizabeth Gallant King '93, of Gainesville, Florida, who is studying life sciences at the University of California, Davis.
  • Matthew Benjamin Kleban '96, of Orono, Maine, who is studying theoretical physics at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Katharine Karla Reeves '96, of Portland, Oregon, who is studying biophysics at Northeastern University.
  • Lori Michelle Roberts '95, who is studying cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco.
In addition, two alumni were granted NSF Honorable Mentions:
  • Gabriel Shaw Brandt '92, of Dayton, Ohio, who is studying bioorganics at the California Institute of Technology.
  • Margaret Eleanor Katharine Evans '93, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, who is studying ecology at the University of Washington.