WALLA WALLA, Wash.— The list of academic awards and scholarships won this year by Whitman students just keeps growing, and has gained an international element.

Mark Prentice, a senior from Bothell, Wash., has received a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), or the German Academic Exchange Service, which will provide him full support for two years as he pursues a master’s degree in American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin. Upon completion of the master’s, Prentice will have acquired a degree in German studies in the United States and a degree in American studies in Germany.

Class of 2006 alumna Lindsay Satterlund has been awarded the same kind of grant to pursue graduate studies in Dresden.

Alex Masarie, a junior in mathematics and physics from Longmont, Colo., has been accepted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program this summer in Boulder. The institute provides research opportunities for only 22 students this summer in the fields of chemical science and technology; electronics and electrical engineering; information technology; materials science and engineering; and physics.

Sophomore Jackson Cahn has been awarded an NIST SURF fellowship this summer at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus. The Gaithersburg program is for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering, who can participate in any one of the seven NIST laboratories: Building and fire research; Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; chemical science and technology; electronics and electrical engineering; information technology; manufacturing engineering; materials science & engineering; NIST Center for Neutron Research; and physics. Cahn is from Kenmore, Wash.

Junior Aisha Fukushima, from Bellevue, has been selected to participate in the 2008 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute at Duke University. Created by The American Political Science Association and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the RBSI is a five-week, academically intense summer program designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring and expand academic opportunities for students from underrepresented groups such as African American, Latino/Latina, Native American and Pacific Island students. Designed to introduce the 20 selected students to the world of graduate study as well as to encourage applications to Ph.D. programs in political science, the heart of the RBSI is two transferable credit courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics. As a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers.

Junior Roman Goerss, a politics major from Glendale, Ariz., has been awarded a Charles Koch Summer Fellowship. The Koch Summer Fellowship Program, which will run from June 7 through Aug. 15, offers 80 internships (chosen from 900 applicants) in public policy and nonprofit leadership in Washington, D.C., and in state-based policy organizations across the country. Goerss will be interning with the Washington, D.C.-based Federalist Society, an organization of conservative/libertarian attorneys. In addition to internships, fellows receive career workshops, admittance to relevant seminars and speakers, a $1,500 stipend, and housing and travel costs.

The Koch summer fellows work with top policy experts, journalists and academics to explore market-based solutions to critical social and economic problems. Whether learning about market solutions to policy problems or defending economic and political liberties, students will also gain invaluable skills through research and writing projects as well as career workshops.

Sophomore history major Seth Bergeson of Seattle has been awarded a Humanity in Action Fellowship. One of only 59 students awarded this particular fellowships this year, Bergeson will spend five weeks this summer in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he will join university students from Europe in an intensive study of contemporary minority and human rights issues.

Sophomore Russ Caditz-Peck, from Woodinville, Wash., has been awarded a summer fellowship at the Northwest Institute for Social Changes. The NISC aims to inspire and educate a new generation of “truth-seeking journalists” and raise students’ consciousness about the world, so they can bring positive changes to their communities. Caditz-Peck will spend eight weeks in an intensive session of media classes where he will work with professionals as well as attend professional development workshops.

Senior biology major Becky Como from Sebastopol, Calif., and sophomore co-author Emily Rodriguez, from Ossining, New York, received the first place award in the student poster competition at the annual meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, held in Napa, Calif., in early April. Both students conducted research with biology professor Heidi Dobson in Sweden last summer.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish
Whitman College News Service
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