Undergraduates Receive Major Fellowships

Undergraduates Receive Major Fellowships

The Presidential Scholars Program saw strong results in this spring's fellowship sweepstakes, garnering a Fulbright, a Truman and a Goldwater and producing two district finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. In all, seven Boston College seniors and underclassmen were named winners of prestigious scholarship awards.

Three Boston College seniors have won Fulbright Fellowships for graduate study abroad.

*Sara B. Davidson of Springfield, Va., a Presidential Scholar majoring in English and linguistics, will travel to Poland to study linguistics and Jewish-Catholic relations. Davidson previously traveled to Poland in 1999 on a National Security Education Program fellowship to study modern and medieval Polish and New Testament Greek at universities in that country.

*Scott Lee Purdy of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a biochemistry major, will go to Poland on a teaching grant.

*John V. Skerry of Pembroke, Mass., a political science major who plans a career as a Marine officer, will go to Bulgaria to study citizen participation in an emerging democracy.

Four juniors were also named winners of prestigious fellowships this spring.

*Lisa Renee Langdon of Manlius, NY, a Presidential Scholar majoring in international studies, has been awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship. The prize is awarded to outstanding students who plan careers in public service, and carries with it $30,000 for graduate study. She will serve as an intern this summer in the United States Embassy in Athens.

*Brian Gray of Garden City, NY, a Presidential Scholar majoring in biochemistry, has received a Goldwater Scholarship, which is awarded to a student in mathematics or the natural sciences in each state, and carries with it a two-year stipend for further study. Gray also has been named winner of a Pfizer Undergraduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He is a research assistant in the laboratory of Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda.

*Meghan L. Kalinich, of Corning, NY, has been awarded a $2,000 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her community service at the Gardner Extended Services School in Allston. In her third year as a tutor and teacher's aide at the Gardner School, she leads an after-school class in cardio-kick-boxing two days a week, and has helped to establish dental and health services there. The Lynch School of Education student is one of 25 to be chosen Boston Schweitzer Fellows for the 2000-01 academic year. Her achievement is particularly noteworthy because the fellowships are typically awarded to aspiring health professionals.

*Eric Bennett, a biochemistry major from Great Falls, Mont., has been awarded a $5,000 Pfizer Undergraduate Fellowship for summer research in the laboratory of Assoc. Prof. Clare O'Connor (Biology). Bennett and classmate Brian Gray were among 60 students nationwide awarded Pfizer fellowships. Bennett is involved in research into the repair of proteins damaged during the aging process. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Martha Teeter (Chemistry).

In the competition for the coveted Rhodes Scholarship, Boston College for the first time had two seniors reach the district level, from which the winners are ultimately named. BC Rhodes finalists were Presidential Scholars Jeremy K. Zipple of Hattiesburg, Miss., an economics major, and theater arts major Charlie A. Veprek of New Orleans, La.

Also, Genevieve Frances Thiers, of Langhorne, Pa., a senior majoring in English and music, was chosen as an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship .

-Mark Sullivan


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