Twelve Wellesley College Seniors are Named 2006 Schiff Fellows

For immediate release:
Nov. 14, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Twelve Wellesley College seniors have been named recipients of the 2006 Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship. Made possible through a generous gift from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust, these merit awards support the scholarly work of students enrolled in the senior honors program.

Schiff Fellows receive a minimum award of $2,000. Some Fellows use their awards to reduce work obligations during the academic year to devote more time to research. In addition, students may apply for up to $1,000 to meet thesis-related research expenses. The maximum award is $3,000.

Listed below are the 2006 Schiff Fellows and their majors, research projects and faculty advisors:

Heather Clark, Environmental Studies
Tracing Lead from the Source to the Human System
(Dan Brabander, Geosciences)

Merideth Frey, Physics
Determining the Time-evolution of Bose-Einstein Condensate
(Courtney Lannert, Physics)

Megan Gross, Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
Cross-linguistic Syntactic Priming in Russian-English Bilinguals
(Andrea Levitt, Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences)

Alia Gurtov, French and Anthropology
Using the Past in the Construction of National Identity
(Philip Kohl, Anthropology)

Lauren Holmes, English with Creative Writing
“ME AND BEN and Other Stories”
(Alicia Erian, English)

Beatrice Hunt, Studio Art
(Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Art)

Mahnaz Islam, Economics
The "Intra-household Flypaper Effect" in a Nutrition Program in Rural Guatemala
(Ann Velenchik, Economics)

Rhobhi Matinyi, Africana Studies
Pockets, Plans, and People; The Influence of Foreign Aid on Health Policy in Tanzania
(Filomina Steady, Africana Studies)

Robin Miller, Sociology
Moral Crimes and International Law: “Genocide” in the Context of the ICTY
(Thomas Cushman, Sociology)

Iuliana Pascu, Economics
Consumer Choice Under Medicare Part D: Did Patients Have Enough Information?
(Akila Weerapana, Economics)

Vasumathi Raman, Computer Science
Learning Planning Rules and Predicates in Complex Worlds Using Techniques from Natural Language Processing
(Ellen Hildreth, Computer Science)

Theodora Stewart, Biological Chemistry
Investigating the Pb2+ Accumulation Capabilities of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
(Mary Allen, Biological Sciences and Dan Brabander, Geosciences)

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