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Letter from President Nancy S. Dye Regarding Scholarship, Fellowship, and Award Recipients

To the Oberlin College Community:

This academic year is turning out to be an unusually good one for our students who have applied for major student fellowships.  I am happy to announce the recipients, to date, of several highly competitive undergraduate and postgraduate awards.  I know that you will join me in offering our students and all of those who have taught and counseled them our warm congratulations.  I especially thank all of the members of the faculty fellowships committee, each of the faculty members who have served as liaisons with the national and international fellowship programs, and Carol Sedgwick, our very dedicated fellowships and health care careers advisor, for encouraging our student fellowship applicants and for advising them effectively.

The Goldwater Scholarship.  The Goldwater is a highly competitive award for undergraduates majoring in the natural sciences.  This year, the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation awarded 320 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide.  The maximum number of Goldwaters that can be awarded to a single college in any given year is four.  This year, for the second time in Oberlin’s history with this competition, each of our four nominees won!  Two years ago, we also celebrated a clean sweep.

Professor Manish Mehta of the Chemistry Department is our campus representative for the Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Oberlin’s new Goldwater Scholars are:  Loren Andreas ’06, a chemistry major from Boulder, Colorado; Hugh Churchill ’07, a double-degree student majoring in physics and tuba from Washington, D.C.; Leslie Dowell ’06, a neuroscience major from Gallatin, Tennessee; Wendy Everett ’06, double-degree student majoring in physics and bassoon from Eugene, Oregon.

Here is how Oberlin stands in this year’s Goldwater competition against some other colleges and universities:  Swarthmore (1 winner), Reed (2), Carleton (1), Amherst (2), Pomona (4), Grinnell (0), Wesleyan (0), Yale (2), Harvard (4), M.I.T. (3) and Princeton (4).

The Marshall Scholarship.  Mary Larew ’05, a Conservatory composition major from Iowa City, Iowa, won a Marshall Scholarship that will provide her with two years of study in Britain.  She will pursue a Master’s degree in vocal studies at the University of York, with an emphasis upon early singing techniques.

Mary is the second Oberlin student in two years to win a Marshall.  Last year, Christopher Macklin ’04, a neuroscience major from Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate work in neuroscience at the University of London.

This year the Marshall Scholarship program awarded these exceptionally competitive two-year scholarships to 43 young Americans.

Professor of Politics Chris Howell is the campus representative for the Marshall Scholarship program.

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.  Two seniors have won Javits Fellowships:  Ross Karre ’05, a Conservatory senior from Battle Creek, Michigan, majoring in percussion studies with Michael Rosen.  Ross plans to complete a doctorate in music at the University of California, San Diego; and Michael Bukhman  ’05, from Houston, Texas, a Conservatory senior majoring in piano performance with Bob Shannon. This fellowship will provide them with up to four years of support as graduate students.

Professor Lynne Rogers of the Department of Music Theory is the campus representative for the Javits Fellowship program.  There were only two Javits awards made in music this year, and Oberlin students won them both.

The Watson Fellowship.  Two seniors have won Watson Fellowships.

Erika Kulnys-Brain ’05 is a double-degree student from Halifax, Canada, majoring in composition and creative writing.  Her Watson year will focus on the role of folk music in social change in Puerto Rico, Brazil, South Africa, and India.  Elvira Miller ‘05 is an English major from Antrim, New Hampshire.  She will spend her Watson year studying the accordion in folk music and dance communities.

Professor Laurie McMillin, Director of the First Year Seminar Program and Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, is our representative to the Watson Fellowship Program.

The Fulbright Fellowship.  To date, one Oberlin senior has learned that she has won a Fulbright teaching fellowship. Monica Lee ’05, a sociology major from Westmont, Illinois, will teach English next year in a high school in Germany.

Nine other Oberlin seniors have been recommended by the U.S. Fulbright Commission for either teaching fellowships or research grants.  They have applied for fellowships and grants throughout the world, including Martinique, France, Italy, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Japan.  We will learn of additional Fulbright awards to our seniors throughout the spring.  Professor of History, Ron DiCenzo, is the faculty representative for the Fulbright Fellowship Program.

The Luce Scholar Program.  The Luce Scholar Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders of American society.  Nathaniel F. Stankard ’00 is one of fifteen young Americans to be named a Luce Scholar.  At Oberlin he graduated with high honors in economics.  This spring he will graduate from the Harvard Law School.  He plans a career in international law.

The Oberlin liaison for the Luce Scholar Program is James Leo Walsh, Professor of Sociology.

Howard Swearer Award.  This national award is granted each year by Campus Compact to five students across the United State who have demonstrated unusual creativity, effectiveness, and dedication to community service.

Stephen A. Merrett ’05.  Sam is a senior majoring in environmental studies from East Nassau, New York.  He is the co-founder of the Youth Energy Project (YEP!) which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Oberlin community.

In addition, we are waiting to hear from the National Science Foundation, the Compton Scholarship Program, the Mellon Fellowship Program, and Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship, and the Morris Udall Scholarship program, all of which have Oberlin applicants under consideration.

Congratulations to all of the fellowship and scholarship winners and their faculty mentors.

Nancy S. Dye

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