FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SIX REED STUDENTS AND ALUMNI WIN PRESTIGIOUS NSF FELLOWSHIPS
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program recently awarded six fellowship awards to Reed College graduating seniors and recent alumni. In addition, nine Reed alumni were awarded honorable mentions. The NSF grants these fellowships to students who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study.
Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. 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.
Recipients of the 2000 graduate fellowships:
Christopher Lee 00 completed his thesis, Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, in the fall of 1999 and will graduate this spring. He was also the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year. This prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded to undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. He will be entering the Ph.D. program in the physics department at the California Institute of Technology in the fall to study theoretical physics, with a focus on string theory.
Elizabeth Eve Bruch 99 is first-year graduate student in sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles. She is currently working on a research project, "The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study," with professors Robert Mare 73 and William Mason 63 that describes recent trends in residential mobility, neighborhood choice, and residential segregation in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Her research is an extension of the work on neighborhood social networks that she started in her B.A. thesis.
Chantal Sudbrack99 is a graduate student in materials science at Northwestern University. She graduated in the 3/2 dual program in chemistry with degrees from Reed and Columbia University.
Adam Dao Douglass 98 began his studies in the graduate neuroscience program at the University of California-San Francisco last fall.
Margaret Morrow Mayfield 98 is currently a research assistant at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. She will be entering a graduate program to study tropical plant ecology, and the two schools she is deciding between are the University of Arizona-Tucson and Indiana University. Mayfield also received a Watson fellowship in 1998 to study wild bee pollination in Bolivia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India by investigating native beekeeping practices and the methods farmers use to ensure crop pollination.
Benjamin John Polacco 96 will begin the program in medical informatics at the University of California-San Francisco. He also received a full stipend and tuition waver.
Recipients of 2000 graduate fellowship honorable mentions:
Nathan Kornell 96: psychology and cognition, Columbia University.
Gabriel S. Lenz 99: political science, Princeton University.
Nathanael Issac Lichti 96: ecology, University of California-Santa Cruz.
Gregory Lopez 99: biophysics, Johns Hopkins University.
Karin Hanley Melnick 99: algebra, University of Chicago.
Lev David Michael 92: anthropology and linguistics, University of Texas-Austin.
Christine Renee Schwartz 96: sociology, University of California-Los Angeles.
Alexander Theodore Stein 98: neuroscience, University of Washington.
Jonathan Thompson 95: urban and regional planning, Cornell University.