Reedies Rack Up Fellowships

As of mid-spring, Reed students had landed a host of summer and post-graduate fellowships, including one Watson and two Goldwaters.

teele imageDawn Teele ’06, from Pennsylvania, was awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to support a year of study abroad. An economics major, Teele will travel to areas affected by the December 2004 tsunami to examine the balancing of interests between community members and formal organizations in the reconstruction process in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Indonesia. “Many contemporary micro-economic development studies ignore the culture of the areas that are being examined,” explains Teele. “But community, culture, and history are of utmost importance when considering the direction that development projects should take.” Each year, the Watson Foundation provides funding to 50 graduating seniors for a year-long independent study outside the United States.

evan ward imageEvan Ward ’06, a mathematics major, has won Reed’s Sperling Studentship. Ward has been accepted to the M.Phil./Ph.D. program in management science at the Judge Business School in Britain. The Sperling Studentship—established in 1995 by John Sperling ’48, founder of the University of Phoenix and an alumnus of Cambridge University—supports Reed graduates in their pursuit of a three-year doctoral degree at Cambridge.

Duke R. Harjo ’08 has been selected to participate in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute of the American Political Science Association at Duke University. Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the five-week program is designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, and expand academic opportunities for African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students.


borman and oldrige imagesMatthew Strom Borman ’07, from Minnesota, and Derek A. Oldridge ’07, from Idaho, have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which encourage students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Grant D. Meadors ’08, from Oregon, received an honorable mention. Borman, a junior majoring in mathematics, is currently in Budapest, studying in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. This summer will mark his second participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. Oldridge is a double major in chemistry and physics. Since 1991, 21 Reed students have been awarded Goldwater scholarships.

Leah Nevada Page ’07 will head to The Netherlands this summer on a 2006 Humanity in Action fellowship. A biology major, Page is one of 66 American students selected for the fellowship and 1 of 10 selected for the Dutch program. The program addresses human rights and minority issues in several European countries, focusing on the development of international human rights institutions in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust.