Awards and honors for Sewanee students (updated)


The spring season brings announcements of awards, honors and scholarships for Sewanee students. Update May 28: Hanna Miller awarded a Critical Language Enhancement Award, which provides several months of intensive language study as an enhancement to her Fulbright grant. Update May 14: Fifteen seniors initiated into Phi Beta Kappa following Baccalaureate; Jonathan Brenes Salazar awarded Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion; other honors and awards announced at Commencement. Update May 7: Molly Bernhard, C’09 biology major, receives awards from UAB grad school. Updates May 6: Watson Hartsoe and Matt Hagler awarded Fulbrights, and Elizabeth Henry, C’12, and Erin Brahm, C’13, awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. 

Senior Hanna Miller has been awarded a Fulbright; DeAndré Espree-Conaway was awarded a Watson Fellowship; student-athletes Sara Neil and Phillip Link have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships; six Beecken Scholars were named; 12 Sewanee seniors and six juniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa this spring; two students have received awards in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest; and students have been inducted into honor societies in their disciplines.

Awards during Commencement, May 12

Jonathan Brenes Salazar, an Environmental Studies: Policy major from Monteverde, Costa Rica, was recognized at Commencement with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion for character, leadership, and service to the University and the Sewanee community. See the full list of awards and prizes announced at Commencement here.

Fulbright Awards

Three seniors have been awarded Fulbrights this year, and a fourth Sewanee student has been named an alternate. Hanna Miller, C’13, a double major in Russian and American Studies from Collins, Miss., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia, Matt Hagler (Greer, S.C.) received an English Teaching Assistantship for Turkey, and Charlotte Henderson (Bedminster, N.J.) was named an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship for Mongolia. Anthropology major Watson Hartsoe (Maryville, Tenn.) received a research Fulbright this year. Building on relationships Hartsoe established during an earlier visit to Honduras, his project works with urban youth groups. His field-oriented research will take place in San Pedro Sula. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Watson Fellowship

Senior DeAndré Espree-Conaway has been named a recipient of the prestigious year-long Watson Fellowship for 2013-14. Sewanee’s 43rd Watson Fellow, he will be awarded $25,000 for a year of travel and exploration.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Sewanee senior student-athletes Sara Neil and Phillip Link have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletic competition. Neil and Link are both biochemistry majors. Neil will attend the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee, and Link plans to enroll in medical school. With 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, Sewanee ranks among the nation's leading institutions in any NCAA division.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Elizabeth Henry, C’12, and Erin Brahm, C’13, have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, the fifth and sixth Sewanee recipients in the past five years. The awards provide opportunities for international research and professional development and the freedom to conduct their own research. Henry was a double major in chemistry and classics who is conducting research at Georgia Tech. Brahm is a double major in chemistry and mathematics who will attend the University of California at Berkeley next fall.

Beecken Scholars

The Babson Center for Global Commerce has announced six recipients of Beecken Scholarship Awards to attend a summer bridge program in business studies. Congratulations to Tucker Brown, Grace Bukawyn, Kiela Crabtree, Andrew Duddlesten, Steven Liu and Jonathan Salazar. Beecken Scholars have the opportunity to attend the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the Summer Institute for General Management at Stanford Business School, the BASE Summer Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Summer Business Scholars Program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Phi Beta Kappa

The following students join the 12 Sewanee seniors and six juniors who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa in April: Shennandoah Virginia Britten, Alison Rae Brown, Sabria Farheen, Mariya Z. Georgieva, Peter Maxwell Kennedy, Trey Hugh Knighton, Elizabeth Mercer McClendon, Hanna Lane Miller, Sara Ellen Neil, Pacifique Niwenshuti, Stella Louise Pfau, Thomas Edward Sanders, George Malcolm Taylor, William Barrett Watson, and Marcela Caroline Weber.

Eighteen Sewanee students were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in April, joining the six members of the class of 2013 who were initiated last year as juniors. Congratulations to seniors Wallis Elizabeth Ahern, Theresa Kathryn Monypeny, Erin Nicole Brahm, Christina Caroline Rogers, Trevor Helms Marquand, Catherine Cater Thompson, Amy Katherine Nystrand, Scott Keenan Ward, Alisha Danae Brock, Watson Franklin Hartsoe, Denton Lee O'Neal, and Ashley Elizabeth Block, and to juniors Margaret Hervey Hudson, Benjamin Reza Almassi, Derek Heath Williams, Margaret Gay Weaver, Daniel Mathison Williams, and Joel Stephen Langham.

Russian Essay Contest

Two students have received awards in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Sara Crawford (C'15) received a silver (second-place) award in the Level 2 competition, and Linda Kleinfeld (C'16) received a bronze (third-place) award in the Level 2 competition. Only the top 5% of participants in this year’s contest received gold, silver, or bronze awards.

Awards for Bernhard, C'09, at UAB

Molly Bernhard, C’09, Sewanee biology major and current student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, has received the 2013 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigator Award for her poster presentation “Identifying Environmental Health Priorities In Underserved Minority Populations: a Study of Rural versus Urban Communities” at the UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium. Additionally, Bernhard received the 2013 Outstanding Masters Student Award for the UAB School of Public Health. 

German Honor Society

Ten new student members were inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society: Lewis Affronti, Seth Austin, Arianna Burkhardt, Julia Galliher, Amanda Lopez, Rebecca Manseau, Richard Percy, David Prichard, Kathleen Richter and Jacob Walker.

Honor Society for Psychology

Eleven students were inducted into Sewanee's chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology: Channon Conner, Mary Cunningham, Campbell Frank, Matthew Hagler, Elizabeth Lee, Mary Kate McAlister, Pete Thomas, Jaclyn Valadka, Roshni Rani Walia, Elisabeth Wharton and Jane Whitaker.

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