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Smith Students Claim Prestigious Awards

Six Smith students present and past have recently been awarded prestigious fellowships.

Carrie Gaiser ’03J and Joanna Patterson ’03 have both been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, which are given to students planning to enter doctoral programs in the United States or Canada, and are designed to encourage academic careers in the humanities. Gaiser, an Ada Comstock Program Scholar and a former professional ballet dancer, will enter a doctoral program in performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she will explore the relationships among dance, ritual theater and religion. Patterson, a comparative literature major who is completing her senior honors thesis on Christopher Marlowe and Virgil, will enter a doctoral program in English literature.

Heather A. Dyson ’04 and Eva S. LaDow ’04 have both been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an award established in 1986 in honor of the U.S. senator to encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The scholarship is awarded to up to 250 undergraduates a year who intend to pursue careers in the sciences, mathematics or engineering. Dyson, a math major, plans to pursue a doctorate in theoretical mathematics. LaDow, a neuroscience major, plans to complete a doctorate in pharmacology and pursue a career as a research scientist at an academic institution. The scholarships cover expenses for tuition and academic costs for up to $7,000 annually.

Alyson Shaw AC’04 has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, which was given to only 22 college juniors nationwide this year to encourage graduate study. The scholarship grants $2,000 to college students prior to entering graduate school, then an additional $30,000 while attending. Shaw is an English major.

Elektra Gorski ’99 has been awarded the Rotary World Peace Scholarship and is the first Smith alumna known to have received the award. Gorski plans to use the scholarship to complete a master’s degree in public administration in Tokyo, Japan, from 2003 to 2005. She will represent Rotary District 7620, comprising most of Maryland and Washington, D.C. The Rotary World Peace Scholars program focuses on peace and conflict resolution studies. Gorski, who has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands, also plans to take courses in law, religion, business and culture. In July, she will begin a six-week intensive Japanese language program.

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