Awards and honors for Sewanee students and faculty - updated Aug. 5

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The spring season brings announcements of awards, honors and scholarships for Sewanee students and faculty members.

Student awards and honors

Jeremy Rios, a senior Russian major from Philadelphia, Pa., has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright Award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Andorra. He will represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador while overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Andorra. 

Update: Chane Corp, an International and Global Studies major from Mesa, Arizona, has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright Award to Tajikistan.

Update: Diana Webb, an INGS major from Fort Washington, Md., been selected for a Fulbright Award to Argentina.

Sewanee physics major Taylor Morris, C'16, has been named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar. The 283 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. 

Seniors Robert (Rob) Goeller and Katherine (Kelsey) Koontz have been awarded prestigious year-long Watson Fellowships for 2014-15. They each will be awarded $28,000 for a year of travel and exploration. 

Fifteen Sewanee seniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in February, joining the six members of the class of 2014 who were initiated last year as juniors. 

Update: In a ceremony following the May 10 Baccalaureate Service, an additional 17 seniors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.

Seven Sewanee students have been awarded Beecken Scholarships for summer “bridge” programs at some of the nation’s premiere business schools. The scholarships provide as much as 100 percent of program costs. This year’s honorees are Owen Cooper, C’15; Philip Alexander Cooper, C’15; Vivien Kis, C’15; Zita Monori, C’14; Kiersten Satterwhite, C’16; Tue Hoang Vo, C’16; and Wesley White, C’14. 

Five sophomore students have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Carey Fellowships. The Carey Fellows Program is the honors track for business minors at Sewanee.

The following students have received Easter semester Pearigen Awards for their contributions to the Sewanee community: Catherine Campbell (co-president of Perpetual Motion and Canale intern in Grundy County); Linnea Carver (scholar and Proctor); Michelle Howell (student advocate with the Women’s Center, Sewanee Outing Program leader); Charlie Hughes (president of the Student Government Association, part of the Good Man Initiative); Carolyn Pearigen (Arcadian and Angel leader); Roshni Walia (leader of “Dinner and Dialogue” and the Gratitude Project). The Pearigen Award for Commitment to Community is named for Rob Pearigen, C’76, formerly Sewanee professor, dean and vice president for university relations, and now president of Millsaps College.

Sixteen new student members and three honorary faculty members were inducted into Sewanee's Kappa Chapter of the National Spanish Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi.  

Individuals and organizations were recognized for their meaningful contributions to campus life during the 2013-14 Student Leadership Awards banquet. 

Update: Geoff Pippin and Aaron Browning, both C'14 Asian Studies majors, were selected to participate in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, a selective program that places college graduates within local governments throughout Japan to work as teachers and coordinators for international relations.

Faculty awards and honors

Professor of Biology David Haskell has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts–Science Writing category. The fellowship will support work on a new book, Songs of Trees, a study of humanity’s varied roles within biological networks as heard through the acoustics of trees. 

Mila Dragojevic, assistant professor of politics, has been awarded a prestigious research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. She is currently researching collective crimes in times of war: explaining local variation in violence against citizens. The foundation supports research on violence, aggression, and dominance. 

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