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University of Puget Sound senior William J. Rathje ’15 has been named a Rhodes Scholar. He is a senior computer science and English literature major who has developed and released four mobile applications for iOS and Android with over 15,000 collective downloads! Additionally he has completed research projects in bioinformatics and computer networking, edits for the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) national computer science magazine, serves as co-president of Puget Sound’s ACM chapter, and works on-campus as a peer writing advisor at the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (CWLT).
Encouraged by perceptive scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University, Billy applied his interest in linguistics to a comprehensive reconsideration of protein search engines, resulting in identification of a persistent bias in two decades of scientific literature that upended assumptions of the field. To do this work, Billy simultaneously taught himself organic chemistry and the programming language Python. Professor Brad Richards observed this same pattern of self-motivated preparation and drive in Billy’s summer 2014 project that “advanced the state of the art in proofs of software correctness” and resulted in a forthcoming, first-author publication in proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery, a notable achievement for an undergraduate. He is a contributing writer to USA Today College and has a peer-reviewed publication in computer science. Congratulations Billy!!
Meet Liz Meucci, Puget Sound's Marshall Scholarship finalist!
Liz began conducting research in organic and organometallic chemistry under the supervision of Professor Luc Boisvert at the University of Puget Sound in the fall of 2013. Her research in the Boisvert laboratory focuses on the development of homogeneous iron-based hydrogenation catalysts. This research opportunity has allowed her to master various laboratory and analytical techniques. During the past year, she has achieved the multi-step synthesis of organic ligands and metal complexes using air-free techniques and performed the analyses of these products by multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. In March of 2014, she presented the results of my research in the form of a poster at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, Texas, a prestigious event hosting over 13,000 chemists. Additionally, she presented a poster at the 18th Annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Maryland in June of 2014.
Liz has served as a Peer Tutor in chemistry at the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (CWLT) at the University of Puget Sound since the fall of 2013. She began her additional role at the CWLT as Lead Peer Tutor in the fall of 2014, where she assists in training and mentoring new tutors and in coordinating and leading staff events and meetings. She has also been employed by the Puget Sound Department of Chemistry as a Laboratory Course Assistant for general and organic chemistry for the last three semesters, and also serves as a grader for Physical Chemistry this fall. She recently received the McCormick Scholar Award to fund her employment as a student researcher in organic chemistry at the University of Puget Sound during the summer of 2014. Congratulations Liz!!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 22, 2015
Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching
These sessions are for ALL students applying for fall 2015 and spring 2016 deadlines. There are so many opportunities for free money to travel overseas, study abroad, learn languages, conduct research, and attend graduate school. Please confirm your attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent National and International Awardees
The fellowship was awarded to 43 recipients nationwide, chosen from 700 nominees and 156 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities.
Haley's Project - Art, Trauma, and Creative Healing: Understanding Art Therapy in a Diversifying World
Australia, Bolivia, Tanzania, Japan
While survivors of trauma have greatly benefited from both psycho-clinical counseling and communal creative programming, there is currently a substantial segregation between these art-based healing practices. For my Watson year, I will question this divide, immersing myself in both Western and non-Western cultures, collaborating in multiple types of creative healing practices. I hope to gain a better understanding of trauma, and cultural perspectives on creative healing within an increasingly diversifying society.
Kelsey's Project - It Takes a Village: Placing Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Native and Indigenous Communities
Chile, Madagascar, Borneo, New Zealand
Environmental conservation has the power to unite people through a shared cause, but it also has the potential to dismantle communities. On my Watson year, I will study the relationships between indigenous cultures and biodiversity conservation along the top-down -- bottom-up continuum in Chile, Madagascar, Borneo and New Zealand. Shadowing scientists and environmental stewards from indigenous and international communities, I will explore diverse ecosystems and the potential for multicultural community-building through biodiversity conservation.
Madeline will be studying in Rabat Morocco. After the program she hopes to gain professional experience in the field of Middle Eastern policy or international development before applying for graduate school.
In August, Jeremiah will begin a one-year teaching fellowship in Thailand through Princeton in Asia. He will be an instructor in the English department at Khon Kaen University, a national university in northeastern Thailand. Jeremiah looks forward to a year exploring the pedagogy of English as a foreign language -- and of course, all the new friends, delicious foods and unknown adventures that await him.
Eryn Eby '13 has been named Luce Scholar 2013-14. She is an International Relations in Politics and Government Major with Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies. Eryn is one of 16 students in the nation to receive the award. The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.
The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Congratulations Eryn!!
Eryn Eby '13 is a double awardee this year! She has received the Watson Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to 40 recipients nationwide, chosen from 140 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities.
Maggie Shanahan has been awarded the Fulbright Research Scholarship to Mexico. For her research project, Maggie will document the progress of the organic beekeeping movement recently established in Chiapas, Mexico. She will live and work alongside beekeepers, examining the environmental, social, and economic factors affect their participation in the organic movement. She plans to document not just organic transition but also the obstacles that beekeepers face so that scientists and beekeepers around the world can learn from this historic experiment.
Allyson Hale '12 has been awarded a teaching scholarship to Austria. She will teach English as a second language to Austrian college students. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other countries.” Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright from Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has over 310,000 alumni and currently operates in 155 countries, including 50 countries with binational Fulbright commissions such as the Austrian-American Educational Commission.
Funded primarily by direct contributions from the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Austria, the Fulbright Program provides grants for U.S. citizens, who are recent graduates and graduate students or scholars and professionals, to study, teach, or pursue research in Austria and for Austrian citizens to engage in similar activities in the U.S.
Billy Rathje has received a Goldwater Scholarship the premier undergraduate science scholarship. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.
The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
Goldwater scholar, Kevin Halasz '13, a mathematics major with a minor in philosophy, has been named a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. 168 finalists are named across the United States and 40 will receive this prestigious award.
Thanks to Ambassador James Gadsden, Senior Counselor for International Affairs with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for visiting our campus. Ambassador Gadsden was our guest speaker at a student forum. He is a retired career Foreign Service Officer with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowship programs for the U.S. Department of State. He is tasked to seek applicants who are U.S. citizens; who have financial need; who are outstanding students representing the ethnic, social, and geographic diversity of our population; who have majors in international relations, economics, business, and political science; and who are interested in becoming career U.S. Foreign Service officers.” The program provides up to $40,000 annually for academic expenses.
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Fulbright Scholarship: Laura Lasswell ’12, Germany; Kat Schmidt ’12, Germany
French Government Teaching Assistantship: Emily Strichartz ’12, Serena Berkowitz ’12, Emily Swisher ’12, Elizabeth Hughes ’12, Charlotte Cronin ’12, Molly Gibson ’11
Spanish Government Teaching Assistantship: Sara Evert '12, David Pendleton '11, Sarah Rittenhouse '09, Daniel Watson '12
Princeton-in-Asia: Max Honch ’12, Thailand; Max Heston ’12; China
Critical Language Scholarship: Peter Russell ’12, Arabic advanced beginning
Udall Scholarship: Maggie Shanahan ’13
Goldwater Scholarship: Kevin Halasz ’12, Maggie Shanahan ’13, Vienna Saccomanno ’13
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship: Jon Prentice '12, Westrey Page '12
National Science Foundation Scholarship: Rachel Hood ’09 (University of California, Berkeley), Life Sciences, microbiology
Rhodes Scholarship Finalist: Sara Johansen ’11; Thomas J. Watson Fellowship: Jacqueline Ward '10, Margaret Shelton '11; Fulbright Scholarship: Giulia Leggett ’11 (ETA to Argentina), Kyle Nunes ’11 ETA to Uruguay, Katherine Tuteur ’11 ETA to Germany (Alternate), Allyson Hale ’11 ETA to Germany (Alternate), Christina Wu ’11 ETA to Korea (Alternate); French Government Teaching Assistantship: Chelsea Asher ‘11, Lauren Vandenberg ‘11, Abby Kaufman ‘11; Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention Award: Maggie Shanahan ‘13; National Science Foundation: Erick Peirson ’09; Princeton-in-Asia: Micah Stanovsky '11, Griffin Hotchkiss '11
Margaret Shelton ’11, a senior student, and Jacqueline Ward ’10, a recent graduate, have been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which will give them each $25,000 to pursue 12 months of travel and independent research starting this summer.
They are among 40 awardees nationwide, chosen from 148 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities. Puget Sound was one of only two colleges in the Northwest to see its students honored with the award, and one of only three from the West Coast.
Sara Johansen ’11, a molecular and cellular biology major and music minor at University of Puget Sound, has been named a finalist in the search for America’s 2011 Rhodes Scholars. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to United States citizens annually, giving the recipients the opportunity to study for two years in a degree program at University of Oxford, England. Read more