Alumni and Students Presented Awards

Nine College alumni received 2017–18 Fulbright U.S. Student grants, which fund international teaching positions and research for students and young professionals. Miranda Arakelian ’17 will teach in Germany; Daniel Bergerson ’17 will teach in Mexico; Brooke Robbins ’17 will teach in Taiwan; Eliana Kanefield ’17 will teach in Argentina; Vivian Chen ’17 will study public health in China; Molly Engel ’17 will study economic development in China; Rebecca Pawel ’99, TC’00, GSAS’16 will conduct research in Spain; Catalina Piccato ’17 will do an business internship in economics in Mexico; and Martin Ridge ’17 received a UK Partnership Award, which enables him to study toward a degree at Queen Mary University of London.

Two College students were awarded 2017 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships. Kaatje Greenberg ’18 will study Russian in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and Benjamin Regas ’19 will study Chinese in Suzhou, China.

Viviana Prado-Núñez ’20 won the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature for her book, The Art of White Roses.

Anneliese Mesa-Jonassen ’17 received a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, which provides $19,000 to support students in the visual and fine arts for travel and living expenses outside the United States. Mesa-Jonassen plans to use the fellowship to travel to Colombia, where she will first work with anthropologists to study the ontology of the indigenous Muisca society and will then apprentice with ceramicists in Ráquira and La Chamba.

George Liu ’17 and Alan Gou SEAS’17 won first place in the Columbia Venture Competition’s Undergraduate Challenge for their startup, Palette, “a platform used by teams to plan, record and learn from growth and marketing experiments.” They received $25,000 in funding as part of the prize.