Student awards and honors

Jennifer Jane Hong '00, a Chinese major, and Alison Madsen '00, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, have received Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, which award $22,000 to each graduate for a year of independent travel and study. They are among 60 winners selected from 50 of America's top liberal arts colleges. Hong will learn and perform sacred and secular dance in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Gambia, and Brazil; she will focus on dance in the Yoruban culture, where it is deeply connected with religion, and black diasporan dance. Madsen will work with organizations in Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, and Nicaragua to focus on the ways in which social expectations, reproductive health education, and the availability of health services influence women's reproductive health choices. Reed students have been awarded 57 Watson fellowships since the program began in 1974.

Allison Mitchell '00, Emilia Sue Olson '00, and Miriam Yarfitz '00 have been awarded Fulbright fellowships. Mitchell, a double major in English literature and philosophy, will study French and Arabic in Tunis, Tunisia, and conduct independent research on Tunisian film. She plans to pursue an academic career in philosophy and eventually practice international law. Olson, a physics major, will study crystallography at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. After her Fulbright year, Olson plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D., with an emphasis in biophysics. For more about Yarfitz, see the article on page 20, of this issue. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Scott Corry '01 received a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2000-01 academic year. This prestigious, competitive scholarship is designed to encourage undergraduates who have outstanding potential to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Corry is a mathematics major with a strong interest in mathematical physics, particularly differential geometry. This summer he is doing research in that field in an NSF-sponsored program at Tulane University. He spent last summer doing research on complex dynamical systems at Cornell University.

Ben Murphy '01 won an Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke Memorial Scholarship worth $32,000 in support of graduate education. Murphy, a history major with a focus on China, plans to spend a year in China or Japan after graduation and then attend graduate school in the United States or Taiwan to study history or Chinese literature. Beinecke awards no more than 20 scholarships each year through an extremely competitive program.

Josie Miner '00 will travel to Denmark or the Netherlands as one of 20 Humanity in Action fellows selected to attend a month-long program in resistance and human rights. Miner, who majored in art, will also attend seminars on the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sylvon (John) Maughan '02
Sylvon (John) Maughan '02, a sophomore psychology-anthropology major, has been awarded a scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) for year-long study in China. The scholarship pays for all of Maughan's expenses over two semesters of study, which gives him the financial means to participate in Reed's study abroad program in Fuzhou. "Coming from a non-academic background, Reed has been a haven of progress for me. This award is not only a step, but a leap toward my future goals," says Maughan.

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