Watson Fellow sails off
Caitlin Shrigley ’05 was awarded the coveted Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend next year sailing around the world on tall ships. An anthropology major, Shrigley will travel by sea to Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica on her project, “Keeping Traditions Afloat: Ships and Sailors on the High Seas.” With an eye for future leaders and innovators, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation annually awards 50 fellowships to college seniors for a year spent independently exploring and traveling outside the United States.
Julia Robinson ’06 and Will Draper ’06 were awarded the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, which encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Robinson plans to pursue a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, with the hopes of conducting research in the pharmaceutical industry on natural product synthesis. Draper plans to pursue a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry and ultimately teach at the university level.
Alex Barron ’05 was awarded the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Corporate Activities Program Student Travel Grant to present his thesis on E. coli at the largest microbiology conference in the country, the 105th General Meeting of the ASM with Reed College biology professor Jay Mellies, who recently received a National Institute of Health grant for his continuing research on enteropathogenic Escherichia coli.
Rachel Preminger ’06 was recently awarded an Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke Memorial Scholarship for graduate studies in the classics. The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them, and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Preminger admits her dream job is to teach at Reed.