Annual Fund support continues to grow
Jeremy Walton '99 was awarded an Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke Memorial Scholarship. This award allots $32,000 towards graduate
education. Walton, a junior
religion major, hopes to attend the University of Chicago's graduate program. During the
summer of 1998, Walton will be working with religion faculty members Steven Wasserstrom and Michael Foat on the translation of a Greek Patristic text. The Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship program is awarded to undergraduate students based on their
academic ability and achievement. Their goal is to provide outstanding students an opportunity to further their studies at their choice of graduate or professional programs. Once
a Beinecke award is received,
the student's institution cannot nominate another student for two years. Reed has received awards as closely together as possible--Wendy Evans '96
was Reed's last recipient.
Christopher Lee '99 and Derek Lyons '00 have
both received Goldwater Scholarships. The highly
competitive scholarship, named for the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater, is
awarded to undergraduates with outstanding potential
who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Christopher Lee '99
The award, which covers
nearly all expenses, including tuition, books, room and
board, and fees, was created
by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence
in Education Foundation,
of Springfield, Virginia.
Christopher Lee began his Reed education as a member of Reed's Young Scholars program, where he studied sophomore-level math while still a senior in high school. Lee received
his award as a sophomore, but has recently passed both the physics and mathematics junior qualifying exams, allowing
him the opportunity to finish Reed in seven semesters. This summer Lee is studying atomic and particle physics at the University of Washington.
In high school, Derek Lyons '00 was a Presidential Scholar, a Washington State Scholar, and a National Merit Scholar. Lyons is studying chemistry at Reed and intends to pursue a doctoral degree in bioorganic chemistry. He hopes to begin a pharmaceuticals development corporation that will use computer models to rationally guide drug synthesis. This summer he is working at the Jet Propulsion Lab at the California University of Technology, designing robots to be used for survey on Europa.
Margie Mayfield '98 and Rikki Weaver '98 were awarded Thomas J. Watson fellowships, which will allow each to travel outside the United States to study a topic of her choice. Mayfield and Weaver will each receive $19,000 to cover travel and other related expenses.
Margie Mayfield, a biology graduate, plans to explore wild bee pollination in Bolivia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Cameroon by examining the methods of native beekeepers and how farmers ensure crop pollination. She will examine particular native crops in each of the four regions.
Rikki Weaver, a graduate in international and comparative policy studies, intends to study folk dancing in Bulgaria and Romania. Weaver cites recent economic transformations as key to "massive cultural changes" taking place in these countries. She believes folk dancing to be a crucial part of the culture and hopes to study its changing role.
Watson fellows are selected based on character, academic record, leadership potential, interest in cultural immersion, and project proposal. The
fellowships are awarded to
graduates of small liberal arts colleges. With the inclusion of Mayfield and Weaver, 54 Reed students have been awarded Watson fellowships since the program began in 1974.
Eva Palmer '98 was the 1998 recipient from Reed of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) award. This award aims to
recognize a graduating senior woman on her academic achievement as well as her
contribution to the campus
and the community throughout her undergraduate career. In addition to these qualities,
the AAUW award recipient must posses a responsible and determined character and qualities that indicate a strong future in leadership and achievement.
Seven Reed students were awarded McGill Lawrence internships. Maura King '99,
a junior psychology major, is spending her summer expanding her video skills by accurately and sensitively portraying women and the gay/lesbian/ bi/transsexual community in film and video media and expanding her support to Sensory Perceptions: Portland's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Portland's Big Miss Moviola project. Maya Kini '00, a sophomore Spanish literature major with a studio art minor,
is working for the Latin American art resource project in Honduras, a nonprofit
development program that teaches how to use low-cost, local resources to produce
art. Alison Madsen '00, a
sophomore biochemistry and
molecular biology major, is using her award to work for La Clinica del Carino, a migrant health care center that provides several health care programs for farm workers and their
families in Hood River, Oregon. Jessica Orsini '99, a junior English major, is working for Portland Women's Crisis Line. Each week, she provides more than 20 hours of crisis intervention counseling on the hotline and facilitates a support group for survivors of rape. Amrita Sahota '99, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, is working with Operation Crossroads Africa. The program entails six weeks of work in an West African
village followed by one week
of travel around the nation at hand. Sahota will teach English in a primary school or work in a community clinic educating the public on health issues such as HIV/AIDS and hygiene. Ritirupa Samanta '99, a junior economics major, is traveling to the Turkana and Saburu districts of Northern Kenya and studying the situation of food insecurity among nomadic pastoralist
communities suffering regular droughts. Margaret Sauter '99, a junior history major, is working for New Orleans Summerbridge, teaching anthropology to at-risk sixth and seventh graders from area public schools. Sauter hopes that her class will provide these children with a fun and interactive introduction to social studies. The McGill Lawrence Internship Fund
was established in 1997 to
fund $1,500 internships for
Reed students. Funded by a bequest from Marian McGill Lawrence, a longtime friend
of Reed College, and using matching student senate
funds, the scholarship provides funding for students in low-
paying or volunteer internships, preferably ones that place
recipients in contact with
diversity issues and populations.
Recipients of the 1998 Class
of '21 awards were Shareen Joshi '98, economics/mathematics, and Anne Oravetz '98, religion. This award, endowed by gifts from the members of the class of 1921, recognizes "creative work of notable
character, involving an unusual degree of initiative and spontaneity." Joshi's thesis used an agent-based computer model to study the effects of technical trading in financial markets. Oravetz wrote on the mystical writings of Abraham Yagel, a 16th-century Italian Jewish physicist and kabbalist.
Jeffrey Kepple '98 and Benjamin Laurence '98 won the Garlan Prize in Philosophy for 1998, at the recommendation of the philosophy department. Kepple's thesis was Four Reasons to Think that David Armstrong's Laws are Necessary Truths, and Laurence wrote about The Inner Eye and the Terrain of Thought. The prize was instituted by a group of alumni in honor of philosophy professor Edwin Garlan, who taught at Reed from 1946 to 1972; it is awarded to a graduating senior (or seniors) who has "demonstrated an ability
to carry out truly outstanding scholarship in philosophy."
Anne Oravetz '98, Alan Park '98, and Melinda Silva '98 received William T. Lankford III Humanities awards.
This award recognizes accomplishment in the relations between history and literature as well as potential for further academic achievement. The award honors William T. Lankford III, who taught English and humanities at Reed from 1977 to 1983
and was an inspiring teacher and a nationally recognized scholar of the works of Dickens. Oravetz wrote her religion thesis on a 16th-
century Italian Jewish
physicist and kabbalist, Park wrote his English thesis on "Alastor" by Shelley and the emergence of his poetic voice, and Silva wrote her history
thesis on art patronage in the Renaissance court of Isabella D'Este in Mantua, Italy.