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Graduating senior Ann Erickson ‘03 and four recent Reed graduates have won fellowship awards for 2003-04 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Erickson, of Boise, Idaho, will study materials science at the Stanford University department of applied physics. Two seniors and nine alumni were also awarded honorable mentions.

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-five 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 for many Reed alumni, including Jim Russell ‘53, inventor of the compact disc; Wise Young ‘71, researcher on neurodegeneration and spinal cord injuries, director of the Keck Center of Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University; Arwen Dave ‘88, who worked on the design of the international space station; Jennifer Ferenstein ‘88, president of the National Sierra Club; Kip Guy, ‘90, a member of the research team that produced the world's first synthetic version of the cancer-fighting drug taxol; and Leo Macdonald '97, developer of new parts and processes for jet engines at GE Research and Development.

Recent alumni awarded NSF fellowships for 2003-04:

Christina Aktipis ‘02, of Portland, Oregon, will study psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cheyenne Brindle ‘02, of Pasadena, California, will study organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Brindle was winner of a prestigious Goldwater scholarship in 2001.

Andrew DeMond ‘02, of Newark, Delaware, will study biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kristin Harper ‘02, of Atlanta, Georgia, will study microbiology at Emory University. She also won a 2003-04 Howard Hughes Medical Institute pre-doctoral fellowship.

Seniors awarded NSF honorable mentions:

Asher Auel ‘03 of Portland, Oregon, will study mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, in pursuit of a Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2004. He will spend the next academic year as a Fulbright fellow studying in France at the Université Paris-Sud XI. Asher was a 2002 recipient of a Goldwater scholarship.

Andrew Essin ‘03, of Monrovia, California, will study theoretical physics at the University of California at Berkeley, in pursuit of a Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2004. He will spend the next academic year studying in England at Cambridge University with a Churchill scholarship.

Recent alumni awarded honorable mentions:

Allison Alvarado ‘ 98 will study evolution at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Patrick Brown ‘99 of Berkeley, California, will study genetics at Cornell University.

Aaron Clark ‘00 of Seattle, Washington, will study ecology at Oregon State University.

Caleb Bashor ‘99 is studying biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Courtney Darves-Stevens ‘01 of Eugene, Oregon, will study neurology at the University of Oregon

Matina Donaldson ‘ 96 of Portland, Oregon, will study evolution at the University of Washington.

Raia Hadsell ‘94 of Endicott, New York, will study computer science at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Allison Hornor ‘00 of Portland, Oregon, will study soil science at Cornell University.

Gretchen Pfeil ‘00 of Chicago, Illinois, will study anthropology and linguistics at the University of Chicago.

The National Science Foundation grants graduate fellowships to students who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study 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.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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