Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
News and Updates for April, 2010
Chase Hensel, SEAS ‘10, has been selected as a 2010 Eben Tisdale Fellow. The Eben Tisdale Fellowship offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, DC. Fellows participate in a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm, or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. Students receive a $5,000 grant.
Hannah Perls, CC’11, and Todd Nelson, CC’12, have won the Udall Scholarship. This is the first time that Columbia has ever had two winners in the same year. The Udall Scholarship is the most prestigious award that can be given to an undergraduate in the field of Environmental Science. Named in honor of Congressman Morris Udall, the award recognizes those students who have shown deep commitment - through their scholarship and activism - to protecting the environment and who plan to become leaders in their chosen field. The scholarship provides a grant of $5000 as well as the opportunity to attend a symposium in August that will allow them to meet and network with elected federal officials and leaders in environmental protection, public policy, and Native American and Tribal Affairs.
Please note that the deadline for submitting applications to the Waseda Global Seminar on Sustainability has been changed to Tuesday, April 13th. Please submit all materials to Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri at the Earth Institute by that time.
Nishant Batsha, CC’10, has been awarded the English Speaking Union San Francisco Post Graduate Studies Scholarship. In the upcoming year, he will pursue an M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies at Oxford. The ESU-SF Post Graduate Studies Scholarship awards several $20,000 scholarships to Bay Area college graduates for post-graduate study at British Universities. In recent years, students have pursued their studies at Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, and University of York.
Two recent Columbia alumni, Colin Felsman, CC’09, and Shira Milikowsky, School of Arts ‘07, have won the Luce Scholarship. This is the first time in over five years that Columbia has had two scholars in the same year. The Luce Foundation describes the program as being “aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.” While the award varies depending on placement, it can provide approximately $30,000 for the year.
Max Horlbeck, a junior double major in Biochemistry and Computer Science and a Rabi Scholar from New York City, has won the Goldwater Scholarship. Max plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program so that he can conduct biomedical research to develop gene-targeted therapies, treat patients, and teach at the university level.
Ilya Belopolski, a sophomore double major in Physics and Mathematics and also a Rabi Scholar from New Canaan Connecticut, was designated as having received honorable mention. Ilya plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, researching gravitational-wave astrophysics and then intends to teach at the university level.
Please note that the deadline for submitting applications to the Ephesos Summer Study Abroad Program led by Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt has been moved to Wednesday, April 21st. Please submit all materials to the Fellowships Office by 5 pm on that day.
During summer 2010, faculty and students from nine prominent Asian and American universities will conduct a joint research seminar on “Sustainability.”
Matthew Franks, CC ‘09, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Mr. Franks was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 630 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, approximately 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Mr. Franks will be participating in the 27th year of the CBYX program (2010-2011).
Columbia is pleased to announce a new summer study abroad fellowship for summer 2010 (dates June 25–July 15) with Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt at the ancient site of Ephesos. The purpose of this summer workshop will be to introduce students to the reflective thought and artistic practices required to draw and paint ancient Greek sites in situ. It will also provide for study of these sites’ cultural, architectural, art historical, and sociological contexts firsthand. The on-site archaeology studies at Ephesos will also speak to the noble examples of classical architecture in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. This workshop will be led under the supervision of Greg Wyatt, Columbia ’71.