Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
More than 3,000 alumni and guests celebrated their reunion from June 3-6 and Dean's Day on June 5, with events on campus and in venues around New York City.
As the Class of 2010 celebrated Class Day on May 17, the College’s newest alumni were treated not just to mild temperatures and sunny skies but also to a rousing call to arms from keynote speaker Benjamin Jealous ’94, NAACP president.
For the seventh year, the procession included the Alumni Parade of Classes, with 115 alumni from as far back as the Class of 1936 marching with their class banners to welcome seniors into the alumni community.
Jenny Davidson, associate professor of English and comparative literature, received the 49th annual Mark Van Doren Award, and Katharina Volk, associate professor of classics, received the 35th annual Lionel Trilling Award, at a ceremony to be held in the Faculty Room of Low Library on Wednesday, May 5.
Grace Zhou, CC '10, and Sarah Ngu, CC '12, were awarded the Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship for the academic year. The FLAS award offers fellowship assistance to meritorious students undergoing beginning, intermediate, or advanced training in modern foreign languages with concentrations in related international or area studies.
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.
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, CC'11 wins Goldwater Scholarship. Ilya Belopolski, CC'12 designated Honorable Mention.
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.