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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 Sudbrack‘99 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.

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