The first half of 2013 saw several Flinn Scholars–current and alumni–awarded nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships that will allow them to pursue further study and research at their universities or abroad.
Tina Cai (2010): Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship will give Cai the opportunity to study in China this summer to improve her Chinese language and cultural skills. Cai will present at teaching conferences and teach at summer day camps, advocating for the importance of storytelling in education and in our lives. She hopes to engage students in various modes of storytelling, including literature, music and drama.
Leah Edwards (2010): Udall Scholarship for environmental science. The scholarship is given to students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields. Edwards intends to pursue a master’s degree in urban policy and a Juris Doctorate toward work in the federal government on environmental policy, and hopes to collaborate with other scholars on future projects.
Daniel Fried (2010): Goldwater Scholarship for science, engineering, and math. The scholarship is given to students who intend to pursue research-intensive careers in these fields. Fried has developed a strong interest in artificial intelligence research, having served as an undergraduate researcher with School of Information Sciences, Technology and Arts, or SISTA. Fried intends to pursue a doctoral program in computer science, with a particular focus on statistical machine learning.
Colin Ho (2008), Adam Martinez (2009), Joanna Yang (2008): National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The program recognizes and supports graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Ho is studying robotics, Martinez is studying applied mathematics, and Yang is pursuing clinical and translational science research.
Michelle O’Shea (2006): Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health. The fellowship, which promotes the expansion of research in public health and clinic research in resource-limited settings, will give O’Shea an opportunity to travel to Malawi. She will travel to the African country for the 2013-14 school year, using the time as her internship toward earning a combined master’s degree in medicine and public health. She will work, live with and learn from the people of the host country.
In addition, fiction writer Kate Petersen (2000) was named a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University—the most prestigious fellowship program in the country for fiction writers and poets.
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