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National Awards Recognize Undergraduate Achievements

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Top row, from left: Frederick Hitti '07, Alexander Rupert '07, Gwen Rudie '07, Christina Behrend '07, and Mita Sharma '08. Lower row, from left: Phuong Luong '07, Adrienne Lee '07, and Kenneth Muigai '07. (Photo by Sarah Benelli)

Four Dartmouth students were nominated and all were selected to receive this year's prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation award, which provides scholarship support for sophomores or juniors who plan to pursue careers in math, science, or engineering. The four, Christina Behrend, Frederick Hitti, Gwen Rudie, and Alexander Rupert, are members of the Class of 2007. This year's 323 Goldwater Scholars were chosen from a field of 1,081, all nominated by faculty members at colleges and universities nationwide.

Behrend, from Englishtown, N.J., is an engineering major, and she wants to earn a Ph.D. that combines her interests in neuroscience, engineering, and robotics. Hitti, now living in Hanover but originally from Old Westbury, N.Y., is working on a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, and he hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience. Rudie, from Madison, Wisc., is a physics and astronomy major, and she will pursue a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics. Rupert, from Seattle, Wash., is working toward a double major in chemistry and psychology, and he hopes to earn a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry.

Three members of the Class of 2007 have been awarded a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Adrienne Lee, from Winchester, Mass., Phuong Luong, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kenneth Muigai, from New York, N.Y., all plan to pursue an M.A. in education or other education-related advanced study. The fellowship, awarded to juniors, provides support for graduate school and loan repayment. All fellows must plan to teach a minimum of three years in a public elementary or secondary school. This is the second year that all the Dartmouth nominees received awards. Lee is majoring in psychology, Luong is pursuing an environmental studies major, and Muigai is working toward a major in English modified with film studies.

Mita Sharma, a member of the Class of 2008 from Princeton Junction, N.J., has been chosen for the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program, an international competition that recognizes academic excellence and leadership potential. She is one of only 100 sophomores worldwide, and one of 16 U.S. honorees. She intends to major in neuroscience and minor in chemistry. The award aims to nurture the educators, policy makers, and business leaders of the future, by creating an international network to share ideas and work collaboratively.

"These awards all formally acknowledge what we already inherently know: that Dartmouth students are academic leaders," says Kristin O'Rourke, Dartmouth's scholarship advisor. "Our students are poised to do great things after they graduate, and these impressive national awards recognize that."

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08