Strong Performance by BC for Post-graduate Awards

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College students have enjoyed success in this year's fellowship sweepstakes, to date winning 13 national scholarships, including a Marshall, a Churchill and four Fulbrights.

Several students have reaped a harvest of laurels.

Ari Shapiro '01, of Cleveland, a Presidential Scholar majoring in biology, won a Churchill Scholarship and a Fulbright Grant. Brian Gray '01, of Garden City, NY, a Presidential Scholar majoring in chemistry, landed a Marshall Scholarship.

Shapiro and Gray also won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, the first time that two BC students had won the NSF awards in the same year.

In addition to his Fulbright, Michael Meng '01, a history major from Keystone Heights, Fla., earned an Andrew Mellon Scholarship, which supports graduate study in the humanities for students pursuing careers in college teaching. BC students have won Mellon Scholarships in each of the past three years.
Seven fellowships have been won by students in the Presidential Scholars Program, which also claims a Fulbright alternate. The tiny German Studies Department can claim a hand in the success of three students - Emily Rine '01, of Bridgeport, Ohio, Jocelyn Saxon '01 of Fort Smith, Ark. and Meng - who won Fulbrights for study in Germany.

During the past five years, 31 BC students have won US State Department-funded Fulbrights for a year of study or independent research abroad.
Shapiro turned down a Winston Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge University in England to pursue a master's degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on a Fulbright. He plans to study vocal learning and behavior in seals.

Gray, the second BC student in three years to win a coveted Marshall Scholarship for two years' study in the United Kingdom, will attend Cambridge University in England.

Named Fulbright alternates were Daniel Brunet '01 of Central Square, NY, Regina Lennox '01, a Presidential Scholar from Exton, Pa., and post-graduate Anna Chernova '00, who are in line for grants if sufficient funding becomes available.

In other fellowship news:

Kristen Grauman '01, a Presidential Scholar from Charlotte, NC, has received a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, which is funded by the US Department of Energy and supports four years of graduate study for the very best computational science students in the nation. She has also received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, which supports three years of graduate study for students in the sciences.

M. Lance Jasper '02, a psychology major from San Marino, Calif., became the second BC student in two years to win a Beinecke Memorial Scholarship, which supports graduate study in all fields of the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

Jessica Jenkins '03, a political science major, will travel to Poland on a National Security Education Program Fellowship, which supports research abroad in less commonly studied languages and cultures. Seven BC students have won NSEP fellowships over the past five years.


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