Student Fellowship Winners: 2002

Hamilton College students compete favorably for some of the nation's most prestigious and competitive national fellowships and scholarships. Here's a summary of the awards received this year, including Hamilton's own very generous Bristol Fellowship.

William M. Bristol, Jr. Fellowship
Milagros Ramirez '02, New York, NY
The William M. Bristol, Jr. Fellowship was created for Hamilton College students to encourage discovery of self and the world, to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of people and culture, and to enable individuals to act on great ideas through independent study projects rather than formal academic pursuit. Ramirez's project is titled, "Beyond the Lonely Planet: Examining Youth Affected by AIDS in Latin America." She will look at the social and emotional development of children affected by AIDS in Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship
Leah Byrne '02, Garrettsville, OH
David Shaye'02, Delmar, NY
Joseph Livingston '02, Ferndale, NY
Donna Cardarelli '02, Jamesville, NY
Erin Waters '01, Washington, DC
Daniel Boisvert '02, Latham, NY
Kerri Spindler-Ranta '02, Princeton, MA
Charlotte Porter '02, Wellesley, MA
The Fulbright program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through educational exchange. Byrne will travel to Karolinska Universitet in Stockholm, Sweden, for her biology research project, Shaye will study HIV/AIDS in Dominica, Livingston will study social class composition of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Cardarelli will study linguistic culture among Buryat children at Buryat State University in Russia, and Waters will study babushki (grandmothers) in the Russian city of Yaroslavl. Spindler-Ranta, Boisvert and Porter will teach English in Korea, Germany and Austria, respectively.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Matthew Liptak '03, Westborough, MA
The Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater is the premier national undergraduate award in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Liptak was selected from a field of 1,155 students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. He was also chosen as the recipient of a 2002 Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, one of only four students nationwide to receive the award for computational chemistry.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Maggie Hanson '02, Bowdoinham, ME
Hanson is one of 58 fall student-athletes from across the country to receive a $5,000 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and perform with distinction as a member of a varsity team. In addition, the recipient must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student must also intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student. A nine-time All-American and former 5,000-meter national champion, Hanson will work for one year in the socioenvironmental lab at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, then go to graduate school in fall 2003.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
Ava Bromberg '02, Livingston, NJ
The Watson Foundation selects and provides funds for graduating seniors from America's leading liberal arts institutions to embark on a year of self-directed, independent study while traveling outside the United States. This year, 60 seniors were selected from among 1,000 applicants. Bromberg's project is titled "The Public Artist: Creating Public Space in the 21st Century City." She will travel to Brazil, Spain, Thailand and Australia to explore her topic.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Jessie McComb '03, Leominster, MA
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall and his legacy of public service. The foundation awards scholarships of $5,000 to undergraduates who study the environment and related fields. Approximately 75 scholarships are awarded annually to students nationwide.

The Truman Scholarship
Alison Lin '03, Westerville, OH
Lin was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship, a merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who plan to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. She was unable to interview for the award, the last step in the selection process, because internal fighting in Madascar, where she was studying last spring, grounded all flights out of the country. 

Student Fellowship Winners -- 2001

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