Wellesley Students Honored with Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence

Sept. 17, 2007
Johanna Peace,

WELLESLEY, Mass.— At convocation on Sept. 4, Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly announced the names of three students being honored as recipients of Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence. The First-Year Student Prize was awarded to Lisa Abraham, the Sophomore Student Prize to Andrea Liang and the Katharine Malone Scholarship to Margaret Thompson.

The Malone Prizes were established in 1985 by Wellesley alumna Claudine Malone in honor of her mother, Katharine Malone. They are awarded annually to a sophomore, a junior and a senior who exhibit “the harmonious combination of academic excellence, active and contributing citizenship, and accomplishment.” The first-year and sophomore prizes each consist of a $7,500 award, while the prestigious Malone Scholarship carries a $30,000 award with eligibility for an additional $5,000 per year of graduate study. 


During her first year, Abraham, a sophomore from Kent, Ohio, served as a College Government senator, assisted with Wellesley’s annual South Asian dance performance, Shruti Laya, and volunteered for Words on Wheels, where she helped kindergarteners with reading. This summer, she worked as an analyst in an honors internship program at JPMorgan in New York. In the future, Abraham hopes to pursue a career combining her interests in math, education, language and economics.


Liang, a junior from Singapore, is an economics and math major. During her sophomore year, Liang was an active member of the a capella group Awaken the Dawn and a volunteer in her church ministry. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in economics, then try a career in monetary policy-making before entering the Christian ministry full-time. Liang is also last year’s winner of the Katharine Malone First Year Prize.


Thompson, a senior from Oriental, N.C., is a chemistry major with a minor in religion. In addition to finishing her junior year with an exceptionally high GPA, she served in many other academic and service capacities, including chemistry and biology tutor, president of the Wellesley Equestrian Team and Best Buddies volunteer. She is conducting research on insulin production processes in the pancreas; in 2006 and 2007, she presented her findings at the national meetings of the American Chemical Society. In a letter, Bottomly told Thompson, “Your academic achievements…in addition to your extraordinary dedication to the Wellesley community, clearly demonstrate your commitment to [the] ideals [of the Malone prizes].”  Thompson will use her Malone Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry; later, she hopes to teach at a research university.

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.