Student awards and honors

Gabriel Weiss '99, an interdisciplinary major in studio art and Chinese literature, was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for the 1999-2000 academic year. Weiss is one of 60 winners selected from 49 of America's top liberal arts colleges. Weiss will receive $22,000 to support his travel outside the United States. He plans on exploring how the depiction of plum blossoms differs in the traditional Chinese painting of the Chinese Diaspora of Malaysia, the Philippines, and Australia. Spending four months in each country, he will study under Chinese painters to learn how traditional Chinese painting and the social role of the painter in Chinese communities withstand the pressures of the surrounding cultures. After his sophomore year at Reed, Weiss spent a year in China studying with traditional Chinese painters in Beijing and Chengdu, Sichuan. The Watson Foundation's selection is based on character, academic record, leadership potential, willingness to delve into another culture, and the personal significance of the proposed project. Reed students have been awarded 55 Watson fellowships since the program began in 1974.


Chemistry major Jordan Katz '99 was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to fund one year of research in a Swiss chemistry laboratory. Katz will work with a diverse group of scientists at the cole Polytechnique F‚d‚rale in Lausanne, Switzerland, helping to develop a highly selective laser-based scheme for separating isotopes. He wrote that "Using chemistry as a common language, with a shared intention of discovering scientific facts, we can work to reach a better understanding of each other and the world around us." The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


Grace Brannigan '00, a junior physics major, and Joshua Schmidt '00, a junior chemistry major, were named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. This prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded to undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Reed students have received 11 Goldwater scholarships since 1991.

In the past three summers Brannigan has done scientific research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Mental Health, and at Reed with chemistry professor Dan Gerrity. She plans on earning a Ph.D. in physics or biophysics, eventually obtaining a faculty position at a research university. This summer she has an internship at the University of California-San Diego, working for physics professor Jose Onuchic on theoretical biophysics involving protein folding.

Last summer Joshua Schmidt worked with chemistry professor Margret Geselbracht synthesizing and characterizing layeredperovskites (solids composed of several different metals, including early transition metals, and oxygen). Schmidt explored a new route for synthesizing these compounds, using molten salts as a solvent for the reaction. This summer Schmidt is conducting research related to organic chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as a Snyder fellow. Earlier this year Schmidt received Reed's Steele-Reese scholarship.


Marygold Severn-Walsh '99, an international and comparative policy studies major focusing on economics, was selected as a junior fellow for the 1999-2000 program year at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., one of the world's leading think tanks specializing in foreign affairs. Severn-Walsh is one of only 12 students chosen each year to participate in this paid internship program. She will be working in the area of economic reform with Nancy Birdsall, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. Severn-Walsh will then attend graduate school in international economic policy. She says she's "very interested in how global conditions affect small communities" like her tiny hometown of Philo, California. She is dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants, upon whom the American economy relies and whose abuse she has witnessed firsthand.


Michael Kunichika '99, a Russian literature major, was selected to be a Humanity in Action (HIA) fellow. HIA, in association with Johns Hopkins University and in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, develops leaders among American and European university students, strengthens their commitment to democratic values, and fosters their knowledge of resistance to violations of human rights, past and present. Kunichika will travel to Denmark and the Netherlands to attend a month-long program in resistance and human rights. After returning from Europe, Kunichika is required to present his experiences, research, and reports to members of his community.


Anne Marie King '99, a history major, was awarded a Sperling Studentship to support a three-year doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University. King plans to study the influence of such private and cultural concepts as alchemy and theology on seventeenth-century natural philosophers' work. She hopes to paint a more complete picture by incorporating an understanding of these influences into a conception of their intellectual characters. King spent the 1996-97 academic year studying at Wadham College at Oxford University. John Sperling '48, founder of the University of Phoenix and an alumnus of both Cambridge University and Reed College, has committed more than $1 million to support Reed graduates in the pursuit of a three-year doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University, England.


Jeremy Copeland '00, a mathematics major, was awarded a grant of $3,750 from the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund of the American Mathematical Society. The fund was founded with the specific purpose of helping students in the field of mathematics with financial need.


This year the Garlan Prize in Philosophy, on the recommendation of the philosophy department, went to Elise Emily Roberts '99. Her thesis was The Later Wittgenstein on Language and Intentionality. The prize, which includes a $700 gift certificate to buy philosophy books, was instituted by a group of alumni in honor of philosophy professor Edwin Garlan, who taught at Reed from 1946 to 1972.


Marygold Severn-Walsh '99 and Nicholas Wilson '99 received Gerald M. Meier awards for distinction in economics, on the recommendation of the economics department. Severn-Walsh's thesis title was Efficiency Spillovers and Crowding Out: Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland. Wilson wrote about Female Headship in Rural Vietnam. Gerald M. Meier '47 established the award in 1998. Severn-Walsh and Wilson each received a framed certificate and $125 toward the purchase of books relating to economics.


Caitlin Baggott '99, Emily Rena-Dozier '99, and Dany Ka'ala Yezbick '99 received William T. Lankford III Humanities awards. The 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. Baggott's thesis, Dis/Placing Poetics in Here, was in American studies. Rena-Dozier wrote her English thesis on Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses. Yezbick, a classics major, wrote his thesis on Greek lyric poetry.


Winners of Class of '21 awards were Elizabeth Eve Bruch '99 and Grant Mainland '99. The award, endowed by gifts from the members of Reed's class of 1921, recognizes "creative work of a notable character, involving an unusual degree of initiative and spontaneity." Bruch, a sociology major, wrote her thesis on the Chicago School of Human Ecology, and Mainland, a Russian major, wrote his on irony and self-formation in Lermontov and Blok. Each received $350 as part of their award.


Five students received Service Learning Afield grants from Reed. Hatai Kraushaar '01, a biology major from Nairobi, Kenya, plans to study and assist in public health and AIDS organizations in northern Thailand for seven months. John Maughan '02, an anthropology major, will explore child development and psychology in Germany. Devon Pattillo '01, a biology major, will spend the summer helping children ages six to fifteen explore their relationship to the natural environment through the Front Range Natural Science School in Boulder, Colorado. Danielle Shea '01, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, will study public health and medical issues for seven months in northern Thailand. Elspeth Tanguay '00, a economics major, will work with the Grameen Bank, a nonprofit lending organization that provides very small loans to groups of women in rural Bangladesh. The Service Learning Afield program provides students with grants, advice, and contacts to complete community service projects that are relevant to their academic work and interests.


Seven students recently received McGill Lawrence internship awards from Reed. Nicole Busto '00, a psychology major, will work at a summer camp in Donegal, Ireland, with children who have been affected by Irish national conflict. Lea Coon '01 will intern at Mercy Corps International in Portland, working on health development and emergency aid. Karl Gillick '01, a biology major, will combine his theoretical and academic pursuits with his interest in Asian culture in his work as a research assistant in the forestry planning laboratory of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei. Amanda Lucier '02, a political science major, will intern at Straight Shooting, a Portland nonprofit program that pairs at-risk youth with photographers who become their mentors. Adrienne Ratner '00, a history major, will work with Empty the Shelters, an anti-poverty organization in Atlanta, Georgia, coordinating the organization's political education summer program. Clayton Szczech '00, a sociology major, will spend this summer as a full-time volunteer organizer with Portland Copwatch, a grass-roots police accountability organization. Miriam Yarfitz '00, an international and comparative policy studies major, has designed an internship with Pi¤eros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, an Oregon union of farmworkers and nursery reforestation workers. The McGill Lawrence Internship Fund was established in 1997 by a bequest from Marian McGill Lawrence, a longtime friend of Reed College; using matching student senate funds, it supports Reed students with up to $1,500 for low-paying or volunteer summer internships that place recipients in contact with diverse populations.


Phi Beta Kappa

The following members of the class of 1999 were elected to Phi Beta Kappa:

Treva Michelle Adams
Gena Marie Anderson
Ingrid Marie Asmundson
Caitlin Audrey Baggott
Thomas Michael Belote
Tobias Florian Boes
Erin Boyd
Brian C. F. Brazeal
Lindsay Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Bruch
Jennifer Marie Bryant
Eric Russell Buhle
Robert David (Quill) Camp
Erica Celeste Carlisle
Amber Autumn Dufseth
Victoria Augusta Elmwood
Allison Genevieve Groves
Anthony Equord Grudin
Alicia Jan Grunow
Forest Michael Kaser
Jordan Emanuel Katz
Sasha Bryn Kramer
Michael Mitsuo Kunichika
Karen Diane Leibowitz
Gabriel Salman Lenz
Elizabeth Rose Leps
Grant Richard Mainland
Karin Hanley Melnick
Elizabeth Anne Morgan
Kimberly Jo Oldenburg
Emily Elizabeth Rena-Dozier
lise Emily Roberts
Brett Michael Rogers
Noah Daniel Salomon
Marygold Severn-Walsh
Eric Seth Solomon
Jeremy Francis Walton
Gabriel Forest Weiss
Dany Ka'ala Yezbick
David S. Zelenski





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