Best Year Ever

19 Students Win Major National Fellowships

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College students have enjoyed outstanding success in the fellowship hunt this spring, winning 12 Fulbrights so far, while landing Truman and Goldwater scholarships, a Mellon Fellowship and several prestigious chemistry awards.

The news has been particularly bright for the Germanic Studies and the Chemistry departments. Seven students who have majored or minored in German have won Fulbright Fellowships to study in Germany next year, while Chemistry students have won two Goldwater Scholarships, two Pfizer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, and a highly competitive National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

"This is the best year ever," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ. "I'm delighted at what appears to be Boston College's most successful year in receiving distinguished undergraduate awards. This result follows from a combination of an increasingly talented undergraduate student body and the generosity and organizational talents of faculty across the University under the leadership of Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science.)"

"We are excelling," said Hafner, director of the University Fellowships Committee that helps students compete for top scholarship awards. "When we can win as many Goldwaters as Yale and more than MIT, we are obviously doing well. And our Fulbright successes put us well out in front of all but a handful of American universities."

Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science).

Nine seniors had been notified as of last week that they had received Fulbright Fellowships for post-graduate study, while two more seniors awaited word. Studying in Germany next year will be Germanic studies majors Mary Au and Paul Greenman, Germanic studies-history double major Gregory Liegel, history majors Jeffrey Eaton and Amy Zaro, and history-communication double major Samuel Shiroff.

Other seniors who have been tapped for Fulbrights are Brenda Bergman, a sociology major who will study in Zimbabwe; Charles Charpentier, a political science major who will study in Bulgaria; and David Zinn, a philosophy major who will study in Belgium.

At the graduate level, three Boston College students had been named Fulbright winners and a fourth had been named an alternate as of last week, while another two awaited Fulbright decisions. Alison Carson, a graduate psychology student, will study in the Philippines; Kristin Hunt, a master's student in English will travel to Cameroon; and graduate philosophy student James Hebbeler will study in Germany. Kristin Dalope, a School of Education graduate student, has been named a Fulbright alternate, and awaits an award to study in the Philippines.

Noting that six undergraduates and one graduate student with ties to one of the University's smallest departments had won Fulbrights to study in Germany, department Chairman Prof. Michael Resler said, "Germanic Studies is beaming with pride."

Also distinguishing themselves this spring have been Boston College chemistry students, who have won a variety of highly competitive awards.

First-year doctoral student Jason Kingsbury became the first Boston College graduate student to win a prized three-year Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. "I am particularly proud of his winning this extremely prestigious and competitive award," said Kingsbury's advisor, Prof. Amir Hoveyda (Chemistry). "It is a clear signal of the rising stature of our graduate program."

Winning Pfizer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, which provide stipends and laboratory funds for summer research projects, were chemistry majors Elizabeth Ruel '99, and Tara Winstanley '99. Only 21 of the awards were presented nationwide, and Boston College, Harvard University and the University of Minnesota were the only institutions to field two successful candidates each.

Named Goldwater Scholars were Susan Biolsi '00, a biochemistry major, and John Gleason '99, a chemistry major. The scholarship provides a two-year stipend to a mathematics or the natural sciences student in each state, with a limited additional number of scholarships awarded at-large.

In other awards news, Brian Soucek '98, a double major in philosophy and economics, won a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. Eighty of the fellowships are awarded each year by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to college seniors or recent graduates to help defray the costs of the first year of graduate study in the humanities. Soucek will pursue a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University.

Finally, Maria Stephan '99, a political science major, won a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, awarded to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in public service. Stephan is currently studying abroad at the Institut d'Etudes Politique in Strasbourg, France.

Faculty coordinators for the programs this year were: Resler and Assoc. Prof. Margaret Thomas (Slavic and Eastern Languages) for the undergraduate Fulbrights; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Patricia DeLeeuw for the graduate Fulbrights; Prof. Dennis Sardella (Chemistry) for the Goldwater Scholarships; Assoc. Prof. David Gill, SJ (Classical Studies), for the Mellon Fellowship; and Asst. Prof. Jennie Purnell (Political Science) for the Truman Scholarship.

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