Rochester students win national awards and scholarships: NewsCenter



May 9, 2022


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From Fulbright Awards to funding Projects for Peace, the honors recognize academic achievement, research potential, and commitment to serving scholars.

Each year, students and alumni of the University of Rochester receive external merit-based awards in recognition of their achievements in the classroom and their research efforts, as well as their community contributions through community activities. leadership and service.

The 2021-2022 academic year saw Rochester’s second Rhodes Scholarship recipient in as many years, while two students were awarded Schwarzman scholarships to study in China. They are joined by other students and alumni who work to make the world a better place through their teaching, research, and community-building efforts around the world.

Over 200 university students and recent graduates applied for a wide range of national and international scholarship competitions. Nearly three dozen were selected to receive awards.

“Applying for a competitive scholarship is already a big undertaking, but when you add the challenges, uncertainties and anxieties of the global pandemic, all applicants deserve applause,” says Belinda Redden, Director of the Scholarships Office at ‘studies.

“While there are often many people in different roles behind each scholarship applicant, the achievements belong to the applicants themselves. Our office is honored and proud to support such exceptional and ambitious Rochester students and alumni in the competition for prestigious awards that help them progress towards their Meliora aspirations,” adds Redden.

Nine win Fulbrights

Sponsored by the Department of State American Fulbright Student Program aims to promote mutual understanding and peace between the United States and other nations through educational and cultural exchanges. College students and graduates apply for grants to study, conduct research, or teach English conversation and American culture abroad while serving as citizen diplomats in the host country.

Coralee Everett ’22 (molecular genetics)
The Bridgeport, New York resident will travel to Spain for a position as an English teaching assistant. Everett aspires to be a pediatrician, specializing in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Peri Goldberg ’22 (biology)
Goldberg, who is from Ithaca, New York, will study “the process of bacterial colonization and the resulting host immune response in the gut” at the Institute for Infectious Diseases at the University of Bern in Bern, in Swiss. She will also participate in journal clubs and seminars to expand her knowledge of microbiology before pursuing a PhD in microbiology.

Anna Groesch ’22, ’22E (applied music: cello, musical arts, German)
The St. Louis resident will take up a position as an English teaching assistant in Germany. She envisions a career that involves teaching music and language.

Karlin Li ’22 (molecular genetics)
The Acton, Massachusetts resident will travel to South Korea for a job as an English teaching assistant. After her Fulbright experience, she plans to pursue a doctorate in public health.

Dylan Matvey ’20 (cell and developmental biology)
The Pittsburgh native will complete his research at the Charité Institute of Biochemistry and his coursework at Humboldt University, both in Berlin, Germany. Matvey will work on a synthetic biology project to “establish a novel metabolic pathway in E. coli to produce a bioplastic precursor, glyoxylate, from CO2 and fomate.” Matvey plans to pursue a doctoral and research career focused on synthetic biology to combat climate change.

Quinnlyn Murphy ’20, ’21 (T5) (political science)
The Manchester City, Vermont resident will start an English teaching assistantship in Germany, where she spent a semester abroad in 2018 (Berlin). After her year in Germany, she hopes to work for a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental protection or sustainability before embarking on graduate school.

Anne Rosenow ’22 (political science)
Rosenow will undertake a position as an English teaching assistant in Changhua, Taiwan. The Williamsport, Pennsylvania resident hopes to teach elementary school students in Taiwan and volunteer in an urban garden while learning about local farming practices and national food policies. Thereafter, she plans to pursue graduate studies and a career in public policy focused on sustainability.

Lauren Sigda ’22 (brain and cognitive science, art history)
Sigda, who is from Larchmont, New York, will travel to the University of Vienna in Austria to conduct research on the “neurological foundations of visual aesthetic preference” and take courses in cognitive psychology and German. His Fulbright experience will be a precursor for doctoral studies in visual cognitive sciences.

Caroline Stockwell ’22 (biomedical engineering)
The Westfield, New Jersey resident will join the Andalusian Center for Microbiology and Regenerative Medicine in Seville, Spain. She will “investigate ways to improve radiotherapy for patients with brain tumours” by studying the mechanism of action of a therapy based on mesenchymal stem cells. Thereafter, Stockwell will begin her PhD in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Three selected as Gilman Scholars

the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship Program enables undergraduate U.S. students with limited financial means to participate in international study and internship opportunities, diversifying the pool of students representing the U.S. abroad while advancing their academic and professional goals.

Lisadine Cherubin ’23
Field of study: Health, Behavior and Society (BA)
Country: United Kingdom

Justin Pimentel’23
Field of Study: Computer Science (BS)
Country: Spain

Andre Tulloch ’23
Field of study: Health, Behavior and Society (BA)
Country: United Kingdom

Irving wins Goldwater

Named after former senator and presidential candidate, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive national award for U.S. undergraduate science, math, and engineering students who are committed to pursuing graduate studies and research-oriented careers in STEM fields.

Ellen Irving ’23 (biochemistry and chemistry)
The Penfield, New York native aspires to earn a doctorate in biochemistry and chemical biology and conduct research at the chemistry-biology interface, with a focus on protein engineering applications in human health, durability or chemical catalysis.

Two students on their way to Germany

the DAAD MOUNTED The program offers undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland summer research internships at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Professional offers research internships in Germany for Masters and PhD students.

Nathaniel Webber ’23 (computing and philosophy)
The Hingham, Massachusetts resident will be placed at the Institute of Computer Engineering at the University of Lübeck. His project is “human-centered swarm behavior”.

Maria Aguilera ’20 (MS) (chemistry)
Aguilera, currently a doctoral student in chemistry in Rochester, is originally from Palmira, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. She will participate in the professional RISE program of BASF SE, a German chemical multinational headquartered in Ludwigshafen. His project focuses on the screening of adjuvants for the optimization of the delivery of active ingredients.

NSF honors students and alumni

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports outstanding students pursuing research-oriented master’s and doctoral studies in STEM, STEM education, and social science at institutions accredited Americans.

Katharine Chang (graduate student)
Field of study: Psychology (BA)

Jarod Forer ’22
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering (BS)

Molly Griston ’22
Field of study: Physics (BS)

Amanda Forti (graduate student)
Field of Study: Chemical Engineering (BS)

Renée Niles (graduate student)
Field of study: Chemical Synthesis (BS)

Claire Wilson (graduate student)
Field of Study: Environmental Engineering (BS)

Caroline Cardinale (graduate student)
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering (BS)

Michaela Alarie (graduate student)
Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering (BS)

Alexander Trapp ’20
Field of study: Computational Biology (BS)

Shon Koren (graduate student)
Field of study: Neuroscience (BS)

Emilie Dudek ’19
Field of Study: Cognitive Psychology (BS)

Diallo and Maiga plan a peace program for Guinea

Projects for Peace is a global program that partners with colleges, universities and other educational institutions to provide grants to young people who design and implement summer projects focused on promoting peace and conflict resolution.

Souleymane Diallo ’24 (politics, philosophy and economics) and Abdoul Rasmane Maiga ’25 (computing)
Diallo is from Guinea and Maiga is from Burkina Faso, both in West Africa. Their project aims to promote long-term peace and reconciliation in Guinea, which has experienced much political instability, violence and social injustice.

Mawn receives public policy scholarship

The nonprofit Public Policy and International Affairs program was established in 1980 to prepare the next generation of diverse leaders in politics and foreign affairs. Undergraduate students participate in the Junior Summer Institute, a rigorous seven-week graduate-prep program hosted by six US universities.

Wesley Mawn ’23 (environmental studies)
A resident of Northbridge, Massachusetts, Mawn will attend the PPIA summer program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in public service.

Ramos receives the Rangel scholarship

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is a Department of State scholarship program that helps outstanding U.S. students from diverse backgrounds pursue master’s degrees to prepare for diplomatic careers in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Marco Ramos ’19 (international relations)
The dual Mexican-American citizen has worked as a paralegal for a Washington, D.C. law firm since 2020 and will attend Georgetown University on a scholarship this fall through the Master of Science and Foreign Service program.


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