Alison Lin '03 is Truman Scholarship Finalist
Lin, a Chemistry Major, is Studying in Madagscar
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Contact: Holly Foster 315-859-4068
March 25, 2002
Alison Lin, a Hamilton junior from Westerville, Ohio, is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship is a national, $30,000 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.
Lin is currently participating in a study abroad program in Madagascar. The culmination of the program is an independent project, designed by Lin, where she will examine if and how conservation issues are taught in Madagascar schools. She plans to develop a science unit that can augment current classroom practices.
Students nominated for the Truman Scholarship must have extensive records of public and community service; are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service; and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
At Hamilton, Lin is a member of the Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition, where she is on the executive board and staff coordinator; an annual participant in Make A Difference Day; a coordinator for Trust Treat, an opportunity for inner city children from Utica, NY, to trick or treat; campus volunteer coordinator for the tutoring program; an executive board member for the Sexual Assault Center; campus event organizer for Take Back the Night forum to speak out against sexual assault; a certified peer advocate; a resident advisor, and a member of the Hamilton College Dean's list since 1999. In 2001 she received the Seymour Bernstein Scholarship and the American Chemical Society Polymer Science Division Achievement Award for Organic Chemistry.
Lin plans to pursue a master's degree in science in clinical social work practice and a master's in general and special education with a concentration in science education.