Fellowships Highlight Strength of Grad Programs

In what is seen as an indication of the growing strength of Boston College's graduate programs in the sciences and liberal arts, 16 students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are working under prestigious national fellowships this year.

The fellowships include awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, as well as four Fulbrights for research abroad.

"We've got great students and we've got great programs," said GA&S Associate Dean Patricia DeLeeuw. "In the competition for these fellowships, our students are being compared to students across the country - and in some cases, the world - and are rising to the top ranks.

"This reflects the rise in national stature of Boston College graduate programs," she said, "which are now competing for some of the best students in the country."

In chemistry, Jason Kingsbury holds a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and Daniel La has a fellowship from the American Chemical Society, while Sylvia Degrado, Christina Salvatore, Joanna Segismundo and Jay West earned Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowships.

Philosophy graduate students Antonia Galdos and Michael Smith are working under, respectively, an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship and a Javits Fellowship.

In psychology, Jonathan Ogas holds an American Psychological Association Fellowship and Maureen Wilson-Genderson is working under a Veteran's Administration Fellowship. History graduate student Patricia Halpin has a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship.

Those who earned Fulbright Fellowships are: Kristin Hunt, a graduate student in English, is studying in Cameroon; James Hebbeler is studying philosophy in Germany; Alison Carson, a psychology student, is in the Philippines; and Christina Brophy, a history student, is in Ireland.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of between $12,000 and $18,000 for living expenses during a year of study, according to DeLeeuw.

- Mark Sullivan

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