WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College senior Jennifer M.
Piscopo of North Falmouth, Mass., has been awarded a 2002-2003
Gates Cambridge Scholarship through which she will attend
the University of Cambridge in England.
The Gates Foundation provides full scholarships for graduate
work at the University of Cambridge. Between 40 and 50 awards
were granted this year to students from the United States.
The Gates Cambridge Trust, in its second year, is designed
to be comparable to the Rhodes Scholarship Program at Oxford.
The scholarship will cover university and college fees,
one round-trip airfare and a living stipend of $10,000.
Students are also reimbursed for up to $2,000 for research
"I will pursue a master's of philosophy in Latin American
Studies at Cambridge's Centre of Latin American Studies,"
said Piscopo, a Latin American Studies major with a minor
in observational astronomy at Wellesley. "My research at
Wellesley has emphasized women and politics in Latin America
and gender in Latin American society. My thesis research
this year is a case study on democracy, politics and gender
in Costa Rica."
The daughter of Ben and Lorraine Piscopo of North Falmouth,
she has studied abroad at the University of Costa Rica,
has received junior Phi Beta Kappa honors and was named
a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist. She has received honorary
membership in the New England Council of Latin American
Studies for the calendar year 2002; the Katharine Malone
Sophomore Student Prize; the Mary C.F. Gross Prize for Academic
Excellence; and First Year Distinction.
She has served on the Student Admissions Representative
Council, as an Astronomy Department tutor, as a resident
advisor and house council member. She also has been the
co-chair of the Wellesley College Girls' Day Committee,
an event in which underprivileged girls from Boston communities
visited Wellesley to learn about the benefits of pursuing
After receiving her master's degree, she intends to apply
to Ph.D. programs in political science in the United States
and to pursue an academic career.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The
College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate