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CLAS Students Receive Top Honors

This article was originally published in the June - July 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

USP Best Paper Awards

At the University Scholars Program's sixth annual spring banquet in April, two CLAS students were awarded Best Paper Awards out of the four scholars honored. Laura Belle Phillip, a Spanish and sociology senior, who was mentored by Spanish lecturer Greg Moreland, won for her paper "The Effect of Ethnicity on the Development of Cultural Awareness and Identity in a Study Abroad Setting." Abigail Sewell, a sociology senior mentored by Sociology and Women's Studies Assistant Professor Kendal Broad, won for "The Impact of Workplace Isolation, Occupational Stress, and Stereotypes on the Experience and Expression of Anger Among Black Workers." Each received a commemorative certificate and $250. Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Nina Caputo was named an Outstanding Mentor, nominated by senior history major Angelica Acosta.

Goldwater Scholarships

Two UF students have received 2005 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Edwin A. Homan is a junior chemistry major who intends to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. He is currently working in the laboratory of Jean-Marie Lehn, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry (1987), at the University of Strasbourg in France, through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Joseph P. Wilson is a sophomore electrical engineering major with a physics minor who plans to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering. He has participated in the REU at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Wilson is a John V. Lombardi Scholar, president of the Honors Ambassadors and former director of the Writing on the Wall project.

The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. Only 320 Goldwater scholarships were awarded this year from 1,091 applications, and each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Beckman Scholar Awards

For the second year in a row, UF was one of 13 universities selected to receive a Beckman Scholar Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, based on its commitment to quality undergraduate research. The awards program provides scholarships, supplies and travel funding for undergraduates majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or an interdisciplinary combination of these sciences.

Each student is paired with a faculty mentor and required to perform 10 hours of research each week during the academic year and work full-time for 10 weeks during two summers. All four Beckman Scholars selected for 2005 are CLAS students: Casie Hilliard, chemistry and mathematics sophomore, mentored by Chemistry Professor Lisa McElwee-White; Lari McEdward, an interdisciplinary neuroscience sophomore, mentored by Zoology Professor Lou Guillette; Edward Miller, a chemistry sophomore, mentored by Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Mavis Agbandje-McKenna in the College of Medicine; and Kristen Misiak, a biochemistry and English sophomore, mentored by Assistant Professor of Zoology David Julian.

Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Each year, up to 20 UF teaching assistants are recognized with a Graduate Student Teaching Award based on excellence in teaching. The TAs are nominated by their departments, and a faculty committee makes the final selections. This year's winners from the college are: Jung-ha An, mathematics; Jonathan Barnes, Germanic and Slavic studies; Peter Barry, philosophy; Timothy Bonner, mathematics; Kate Dockery, psychology; Ramon Hinojosa, sociology; Robin Nuzum, English; Alegr╠a Ribadeneira, Spanish; Jace Stuckey, history; Joemer Ta-ala, linguistics; Alison Van Nyhuis, English; Heather Walsh-Haney, anthropology.

The top three ranked winners receive a Calvin A. VanderWerf Award established in memory of Professor VanderWerf, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1971 to 1978 and chemistry professor from 1978 to 1988, who served several years on the selection committee for the teaching awards. Bonner and Ribadeneira were two of the winners this year and will receive $1,000. All other winners are awarded $500.

McQuown Scholarships:

The O. Ruth McQuown Scholarships honor CLAS female scholars in the humanities, social sciences, women's studies, and interdisciplinary majors in these areas. The award is named in honor of Ruth McQuown, the college's first female associate dean. Graduate and undergraduate women are selected based on their academic achievement and promise, and this year's winners are listed below.

Graduate student recipients of $4,000 to $8,000
Undergraduate student recipients of $500 to $1,000

Udall Foundation Scholarship:

Justin Bangs, a senior political science and history double major, has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Morris K. Udall Foundation. The program recognizes outstanding juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment, and Bangs was one of 80 winners nationwide.

He has spent this spring as an intern in Washington, DC with the Student Conservation Association in the office of New Jersey Representative Steven Rothman. This summer he will intern with the National Parks Service in California.

All-USA College Academic Team:

Senior French and political science student Eva Rosales has received an honorable mention in the 2005 All-USA College Academic Team of USA Today. Rosales founded the student organization RECURSO, a non-profit group to help underprivileged children in underdeveloped countries. She also has served as cabinet director for community involvement with Student Government and service committee chair for the Student Honors Organization.

Four times a year, USA Today honors outstanding students and educators with the All-USA Academic and Teacher Teams. Rosales was one of 24 students nationwide to receive an honorable mention.

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