Wellesley College Students Are Named
2004-2005 National Award Winners

For immediate release:
May 24, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College students continue to accumulate prestigious fellowship awards this year. The following is a list of the award winners in a number of prestigious programs:

Meredith Riley ’05 has been selected to the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program. Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to students from 300 colleges. Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Riley, an anthropology and political science major from Patchogue, N.Y., is writing her senior thesis on peace in Bosnia and Northern Ireland and will work in the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment.

She spent her junior year abroad at Oxford University and has interned at the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Washington D.C. Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Wendy Leutert ’05 of Naples, Fla., has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to Study Mandarin Chinese at Cornell University. A political science and philosophy major, she has been awarded the fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education. It will fund her year-long intensive study of Mandarin Chinese in 2005-2006 at Cornell and in Beijing.

A political science and philosophy major, she also is a Jerome A. Schiff Fellow, the winner of the 2004 Barnette Miller Foundation Prize in International Relations and Comparative Politics and a Truman Scholar Finalist. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, in 2003-2004. A 2004 Luce Summer Intern in Hong Kong, she has also worked as a volunteer teacher in Nicaragua with the organization Global Learning, studied in South Africa and volunteered with Catholic Charities in Naples. She has interned for the Women and Public Policy Program and currently works as a research assistant for the journal International Security, both at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. At Wellesley, she has served as a senator in College Government, on the President’s Advisory Council, as a representative to Academic Council, on the Tanner Conference Committee and as an editor for the International Relations Council Journal.

Several students have been awarded Fulbright Student Program grants, which underwrite international graduate study, research and teaching assistantships, including:

Karen Yookyung Choi ’05, an international relations major from Oak Hills, Calif. She has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Korea. “I will be teaching English at either a junior high or high school in South Korea for a year,” she said.

Choi received First Year Distinction and has served as a student assistant at the Board of Admissions for three years. During the fall semester of her junior year, she studied abroad at Yonsei University in Korea. She also tutors English as a second language to high school students and is one of the leaders for her church group. “I was born in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. with my family when I was 6 years old,” Choi said. “I grew up in southern California thereafter and came to Wellesley in the fall of '01 after graduating from Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif.” She was named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program and a member of the California Scholarship Federation.

Ursula Jessee ’05, an international relations major from Reston, Va., who has lived in Latin America and Egypt. She has received a Fulbright Full Grant to Jordan to study the impact of microfinance on Jordanian women. Last summer she was a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity intern in New York City at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for two programs: Peace and Security and the Minority Teaching Fellows. She has received the Natalie Bolton Faculty Prize, awarded by the Economics Department for the best written economic analysis, and a study abroad scholarship to fund her semester at the Arabic Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt. She has received a supported internship to serve as a volunteer teacher in Nicaragua with the organization Global Learning. She has served as a delegate to the Model United Nations and started the Student Global AIDS Chapter. She has researched conflict resolution at the International Crisis Group and nuclear disarmament at Pugwash conferences on Science and World Affairs. She also has traveled to Spain and South Africa on Wellesley-sponsored trips.

Jennifer Losaw ’05, a mathematics and German studies major from West Stockbridge, Mass. She has won a Fulbright Study Grant/English Teaching Assistantship to Austria. Her project is titled “Eins Plus Eins: Biology Plus Mathematics Equals the Future.”

“My grant is a combination study grant and teaching assistantship,” Losaw said. “I will be studying part time at the University of Vienna and I will also be teaching English part time at two secondary schools in Vienna. At the U of Vienna I will be studying biomathematics, the mathematics of the biological sciences. My goal: to become a mathematician who focuses her research on problems in ecology. The grant provides transportation to Austria, university tuition, health insurance and training. The teaching assistantship will provide me with a monthly living stipend.”

Losaw has earned First Year Distinction and the Martha Davenport Heard Prize, which is awarded to one senior mathematics major every year for academic achievement. She studied abroad through the Wellesley-in-Vienna program during spring 2004 and spent Wintersession in Vienna in January 2003. She has been a mathematics tutor/teaching assistant, a member of WEED (Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense) for four years and treasurer of WAVE (Wellesley Activists Voicing Environmentalism).

Meghan Moreland ’05, an economics and German major from St. Cloud, Minn. She has earned a PAD Teaching Assistantship/Fulbright Grant to Germany. She also has participated in the Wellesley in Vienna Internship Program.

Emily Vardell ’05, a biological chemistry and German studies major from Grand Prairie, Texas. She has received a Fulbright Study Grant/English Teaching Assistantship to Austria. She will study the national health care system of Austria and teach English part time at the high school level. She is the co-president of the Chamber Music Society at Wellesley and studies voice and oboe. She is also a student assistant at the Wellesley College Board of Admission and was awarded the Gold Award in Girl Scouting in 2001.

In addition, the following Wellesley alumnae have won 2004-2005 Fulbright Student Program awards:
Catherine Brinkley ’04, Fulbright Grant to Sweden
Kristina Chan ’04, Fulbright Study Grant/English Teaching Assistantship to Austria
Rachel Collins ’04, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Korea
Mariah Levin ’03, Fulbright Full Grant to Russia
Kristina Ogilvie ’01, Teaching Assistantship/Fulbright Grant to Germany
Jenna Rudo-Stern ’04, Fulbright Full Grant to Russia
Adrien Smith ’04, Fulbright Community Service Grant to Russia
Lisa Woodsen ’00, Fulbright Full Grant to Russia

Heather Hausladen ’07, a physics major from St. Louis, Mo., has received the Freeman-ASIA Award. These awards help to increase the number of American undergraduate students who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with information and financial assistance. Hausladen has been given a $5,000 award for undergraduate study in intensive Mandarin with the CET Program at Harbin Institute of Technology located in Harbin, China, for the spring 2005 semester. She will receive full credit for her China coursework from Wellesley.

“Each Freeman-ASIA award recipient is required to carry out a service project when they return from their study abroad experience in order to share their experiences abroad and encourage others to study abroad in Southeast or East Asia,” Hausladen said. “For my service project I will give a (Wellesley College) Tanner Conference presentation as well as offer a non-credit Wintersession course related to my independent study project.”

Ashley Richardson ’06, an international relations major from Elk Grove, Calif., has earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Richardson will study in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a year. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has served as a Residential Life advisor and as Severance house president. “For the scholarship, I have to do a project when I return to the U.S.,” she explained. “I´m planning on working with the Brazilian community in Framingham.”

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship has been awarded to XinXin Du ’06, a physics and mathematics major from Newtonville, Mass., and Rachel Nelson ’06, a biochemistry major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,091 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Du’s career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in physics and to conduct research in theoretical physics. She was born in Beijing, China, and moved to Newton, Mass., at age 8. She has spent this year studying abroad at Oxford University, St. Peter's College.

Nelson aims to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology and then to lead research using real-time PCR and DNA sequencing to determine the cellular functions of some of the genes and proteins whose primary structure have become available through recent sequencing projects.

Victoria Lo ’07, a music and mathematics major from Scarsdale, N.Y. , has received the Killam Fellowship, part of a five-year pilot program designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students in Canada and the United States by providing a unique opportunity for formal student exchange. Lo will act as a student ambassador at McGill University.

She received First-Year Distinction. As a flutist, she won the Brandeis-Wellesley Concerto Competition this year. She serves on the executive board for Asian Student Union and the student group, Á La Mode, and has been a DJ for campus radio station WZLY.

The Mellon Mays Fellowship provides students with many forms of support, including structured programming, faculty mentoring, term-time stipend for research activities, support for summer research and repayment of undergraduate loans of up to $10,000 provided that the student pursues a doctoral study in specified fields. The following students were named 2004 Fellows:

Terrika Duckett ’06 of Houston, Texas.
Daphne Francois ’06 of Roslindale, Mass.
Lauren Gibbs ’06. An American Studies major from San Leandro, Calif., she has earned First Year Distinction and has completed Wellesley internships in Costa Rica. She is a member of the executive board of Club Filipina.
Katherine Lenoir ’06 of Austin, Texas.
Janis Vogel ’06 of Aquinnah, Mass, a cinema media studies and international relations major.

Kim Alston ’06 of Springfield, Mass., and Julianne Hiu-Yan Mark ’06 of Hong Kong, have been awarded the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship. Up to 25 Fellowships for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Professions are awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate juniors. Fellows receive grants of $2,500 for approved summer projects and up to $16,000 for approved graduate programs.

Alston, an English and education major, also has earned the Barbara Bush Award for Volunteerism through summer work. “My graduate degree will be a master's in literacy or elementary education and I will teach in Boston Public Schools,” Alston said. “I am presently planning a summer project that I will present at the Rockefeller Brothers Conference in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2005 with my mentor (associate professor of Spanish) Joy Renjilian-Burgy.”

Mark, an English and music major, has taught at Summerbridge Hong Kong, a non-profit English language program serving under-privileged students aged 14-17. “Currently, I am teaching 6th and 7th graders at the Summerbridge Cambridge Afterschool Program,” she said. “I look forward to working with middle schoolers, especially English Language Learners, in a Boston program this summer.” She has designed and taught her own creative writing course, has been an advisor to the Art Committee and has been involved with planning a number of programs and special events at Wellesley.

“After graduation, I will be attending graduate school to expand and deepen my teaching skills and pedagogical knowledge and to obtain teacher certification.” Mark said. ”In the future, I hope to help English language learners overcome language and cultural barriers and to offer them effective and equitable ways to succeed in school.”

Paulina Ponce de Leon Barido ’05 of Mexico City and Laure-Anne Ventouras ’05 of Ville-la-Grand, France, are two of 50 college seniors nationwide selected to receive the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The fellowship, with a stipend of $22,000, is a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States.

Ponce de Leon Barido will travel to the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Peru, and Sri Lanka for her project, “Powering Livelihoods through Appropriate Technology.”

“I have chosen to study development efforts in Peru, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, Mali and Madagascar,” she said. “In each of these countries, I have identified non-profit organizations that have been successful in implementing intermediate energy technologies. Each of these organizations and the communities with which they work will provide me with a better insight into the global effort to provide energy to the poor.”

In 1999 she was awarded a full two-year scholarship to represent her country in one of the ten United World Colleges. A Davis United World College Scholar, she began her studies at Wellesley in 2001. She is majoring in physics and international relations, and is interested in bridging the fields of the sciences with the social sciences. To compliment her studies, she has taken advantage of research and internship opportunities in Afghanistan, Brazil and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that have helped her develop a better understanding of how science can be used to enable social change, and how social science can make technology relevant to humanity. After her Watson year, she is planning to pursue a master’s degree in Technology and Policy at MIT.

Ventouras, a biological chemistry major, will study the science and tradition of essential oil making in China, India, Madagascar, Morocco and New Caledonia. She will observe how scent crops are grown and participate in their cultivation, beginning in Morocco for the geranium harvest and ending in Madagascar, where ylang ylang is grown. She has worked with Vision, a volunteer program founded by a Wellesley student. Vision volunteers work with local elementary school students to spark an early interest in science. She also has been a Wellesley delegate to the Model United Nations and has served on the Tanner Conference Committee.

Wellesley alumnae have earned the following fellowships for 2005-06:
Luce Scholars Program: Elizabeth Mandeville ’04
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies: Rosa Andujar ’03 and Cheng-Ting Ni ’00
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Anna Mueller ’02 and Lia Shimada ’00
Rhodes Scholarship: Elizabeth Masiello ’03

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 www.wellesley.edu.