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~Three Students Win Prizes for Academic Excellence
at Wellesley College

For immediate release:
September 13, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Three Wellesley College students have been honored with the 2004 Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence: Kathryn Pierce of Wellesley, Mass., Katherine Miller of Utica, Ohio, and Carolyn Brunelle of Paxton, Mass.

The Malone Prizes were established in 1985 by alumna Claudine Malone in honor of her mother, Katharine. Three prizes are given each year, honoring students who have successfully combined academic excellence with a commitment to contributing to the college community. This year’s prizes were announced at Sept. 7 Convocation ceremonies, which mark the beginning of the academic year.

The Katharine Malone Scholar, the most distinguished of the three awards, was given to senior Kathryn Pierce, the daughter of Barbara Geller and Dr. James Nathanson, both of Wellesley.

“Your academic achievements, highlighted by your recent election to Phi Beta Kappa, in addition to your extraordinary dedication to the Wellesley community, clearly demonstrate your commitment to these ideals,” said President Diana Chapman Walsh in a letter informing her of the award.

Pierce’s award includes a check for $30,000, to be given at Commencement. She is eligible for another $5,000 per year for up to four years for graduate studies. With a major in psychology and a minor in biology, she has achieved a 4.0 GPA and is especially interested in biological psychology, comparative physiology, mental health advocacy and animal welfare.

In summer 2003 she served as a research intern at the Laboratory of Structural and Molecular Neuroscience at Mclean Hospital of Harvard University. This summer she completed an internship at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic and Center for Conservation Medicine where she did clinical work at the Wildlife Clinic and research for the SEANET, studying seabird mortality in the northwestern Atlantic. She is pursuing research this year at Tufts on the effects of plastic ingestion in seabirds.

She has served as vice president and president of the Organization for Mental Health Awareness and as a member of Dead Serious, an improvisational comedy troupe. She has been awarded First Year Distinction, the Mary F. Gross Award for Academic Excellence and was elected to Psi Chi and Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian and a conservation biologist.

This year’s Malone Sophomore Student Prize, which comes with an award of $7,500, went to Katherine Miller, the daughter of Bruce and Margaret Miller of Utica, Ohio. A graduate of Northridge High School, she was a National Merit finalist and has received First Year Distinction at Wellesley. Majoring in English and French, she has been a member of the Student Admission Representatives and TEACh (Teaching English at Chinatown) and the Protestant Christian Chaplaincy). This year she lives in the French House.

The First Year Student Prize, which comes with an award of $7,500, was awarded to Carolyn Brunelle, the daughter of Roger and Aimee Brunelle of Paxton, Mass. She attended Wachusett Regional High School, where she volunteered as a tutor in biology, writing and Spanish. Valedictorian of her class, she also acted in more than 25 community theater productions and choreographed musicals for local theaters.

At Wachusett, Brunelle was awarded the Arion Award for Musical and Academic Excellence and the UNICO Scholarship for Community Service and Academic Achievement. Other awards include the Central Massachusetts Superintendent’s Association Award, the Telegram & Gazette Student Achiever Award, the Big Y Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Robin Romano Memorial Award and the Central Mass Onstage Jane Perron Memorial Award. She was also named a National Merit Scholar Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.

A Middle Eastern Studies major, Brunelle sings in the College Choir and Glee Club. She also performs in Collegium Musicum, a group devoted to the study and performance of early music from a female perspective. She co-runs Arabic Table and works at the music library. This year, she plans to be a member of House Council and to volunteer as a tutor in local elementary schools. She hopes one day to work for the government or a non-profit organization to promote peace in the Middle East.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to


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