News & Announcements
Anuke Ganegoda CC’18, an applied mathematics and computer science/mathematics double major; Sahir Jaggi SEAS’17, a biomedical engineering major with minors in computer science and entrepreneurship; and Mathew Pregasen SEAS’18, a computer engineering major with a minor in computer science, have won first place in the Columbia Venture Competition’s Undergraduate Challenge for their mathematics technology, Parsegon, which renders mathematical equations without the need to learn a coding language. The award, which comes with $25,000 in funding, was announced by Dean James J. Valentini on April 29.
Seventeen first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies have received 2016 Presidential Global Fellowships. The students, whose academic interests range from French to Portuguese, from Arabic to Chinese, from anthropology to art history, and from political science and human rights to sustainability, were selected from a pool of more than 160 for the University’s undergraduate global summer fellowship program.
Michael E. Pippenger, Columbia University’s Dean of Undergraduate Global Programs and Assistant Vice President for International Education, has been appointed Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University of Notre Dame. Pippenger will lead Notre Dame International, the university’s global initiative, overseeing efforts to broaden the Notre Dame’s international culture, programs, reach and reputation through expanded international research, collaborative projects and strategic relationships with global partners.
Stephen S. Trevor CC’86 and Ronnie D. Planalp BUS’86 have given a $2.5 million gift to Columbia, which includes $2 million to establish the Planalp Trevor Dean’s Curriculum Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College. The Fund will provide permanent support for the faculty teaching and the students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses support, accelerate, and motivate the Columbia community’s programs and culture around innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship at Columbia College. Their gift to the College is part of the Core to Commencement campaign.
Bianca Guerrero CC’17, a political science major from Yonkers, N.Y., has been selected for a prestigious 2016 Truman Scholarship.
Max Lawton CC’16, a Russian Literature and Culture major who was raised in Brussels, Chicago and Milwaukee, has received the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford to pursue a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Modern Languages, where he will focus on Russian literature.
Sophie Wilkowske CC’17, a history major with a Russian language and culture concentration from Duluth, Minn., has received a prestigious Beinecke Scholarship.
Felix Qiaochu Jin CC’16, a biochemistry and physics major from Rochester, N.Y., and Zoey Poll CC’16, an urban studies major from Los Angeles, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, the top academic honors for the Columbia College Class of 2016. The awardees were selected by the faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes based on the strength, breadth, depth and rigor of their academic achievements, as well as on evidence of their intellectual promise, character and achievement outside the classroom.
Sasha DiGiulian CC’16, a professional rock climber and three-time U.S. National rock climbing champion, has been selected as one of Glamour’s 2016 “College Women of the Year.
Columbia undergraduates Katherine Jin CC’16, Kevin Tyan CC’16 and Jason Kang SEAS’16, cofounders of the startup Kinnos Inc., have been awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Elana Shanti Sulakshana CC’17, a history and sustainable development double major from Newton, Mass., has won a prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, awarded to college sophomores and juniors in recognition of their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
Shreyas Vissapragada CC’17, an astrophysics and computer science double major, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Lauren Chadwick CC’15 has been awarded the competitive Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which provides funding for recent college and graduate school alumni to work in Washington, D.C., on issues related to peace and security.
Eight recently graduated seniors and alumni/ae have been awarded 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student grants.
Julian Brave NoiseCat CC’15 has been awarded a prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford to pursue a Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History.
Miriam Rosen CC’15 has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Study Scholarship to perform research in Berlin at the Humbolt University's Interdisciplinary Laboratory, Bild Wissen Gestaltung, during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Demarttice Tunstall CC’15 has been selected for a 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship and for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals.
Mark Minghao Xue CC’06 has been awarded one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
Harmann Singh CC'16, an economics-mathematics joint major from New York, has been selected for a prestigious 2015 Truman Scholarship.
Twelve first-year students in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have received 2015 Presidential Global Fellowships.
Two science students have received the top academic honors for the Columbia College Class of 2015. Robert Lin, a mathematics and physics major from Bergen County, New Jersey, has been named valedictorian, and Stephanie Gergoudis, a biology major from Queens, New York, has been named salutatorian.
Brian Trippe CC’16, a biochemistry and computer science major, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Columbia College is offering four new fellowships during the summer of 2015 to give students more opportunities to study or do research abroad: the Columbia College International Summer Fund, the Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship, the Beesen Global Experience Research Fellowship and the Harvey Krueger Global Experience Fellowship.
Yuntong Ma CC’12 has received a prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge.