The Student Lounge: December 2008
The College of Liberal Arts publishes The Student Lounge biannually (in May and December). The newsletter highlights liberal arts student awards, honors and scholarships. For more news about the College of Liberal Arts' community of scholars and alumni, visit Life & Letters, the college's alumni magazine.
Honors and Awards
Female Student of the Year
Sonya Crocker (Psychology/Plan II Honors) was named as the university’s Female Student of the Year. She was honored at the UT v. Oklahoma State football game on Oct. 25.
Phi Beta Kappa Inductees
Forty-four liberal arts students have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society in the United States. The honorees are:
- Elizabeth Barajas (International Business/Business Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Emily Beck (Biology/Plan II Honors)
Katie Berger (Plan II Honors)
- Shelby Brenan (French/Plan I Honors)
- Bryan Blaisdell (Civil Engineering/ Engineering Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Jeffrey Boes (Plan II Honors)
- Dylan Bumford (Mathematics/Plan II Honors)
- Erin Cassell (Linguistics)
- Xavier Domjan (Plan II Honors)
- Grace Eckhoff (Biology/Plan II Honors)
- Kevin Endres (English/Plan I Honors)
- Paras Gandhi (Finance/Business Honors/French)
- Jennifer Ginestra (Biology/Premed/Plan II Honors)
- Kellie Green (Advertising/French)
- Richa Gupta (Biology/Premed/Plan II Honors)
- Michelle Harris (French/Plan I Honors)
- Stephen Hoang (Architecture/Plan II Honors)
- Merrell Hood (Finance/Business Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Eric Hui (Finance/Business Honors/Plan II)
- Katlyn Jennings (Plan II Honors)
- Vijay John (Linguistics)
- Amanda Jones (Management/Plan II Honors)
- Joseph Kolker (Plan II Honors)
- Julia Lacovara (French/Plan I Honors)
- Jessica Lee (Plan II Honors)
- Amanda Longoria (Nutrition/Plan II Honors)
- Douglas McMichael (Plan II Honors)
- Sandeep Mehta (Plan II Honors)
- Mok Huram (Biomedical Engineering/Plan II Honors)
- Cynthia Morris (Linguistics)
Murthy (Plan II Honors)
- Lisa Neigut (Management Information Systems/Business Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Brian Poindexter (Business Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Ivaylo Popov (Physics/Plan II Honors)
Leila Posch (Plan II Honors)
- Kathryn Rimmer (Biochemistry/Premedical/French)
Jesika Roesner (Linguistics/Plan II Honors)
- Madeleine Samuelson
(Nutrition/Plan II Honors)
- Margaret Sanders (Plan II Honors)
Shyam Sivasankar (Biochemistry/Premed/Plan II Honors)
- Eric Solomon (Spanish/Plan II Honors)
- Mi Song (French/Plan II Honors)
- Lawrence Tsai (Plan II Honors)
- Rhuju Vasavada (Finance/Business Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Michael Vu (Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Elaine Wang (Plan II Honors)
- Elizabeth Wong (Textiles and Apparel/Plan II Honors)
- Jiacheng Yu (Plan II Honors)
Spring 2008 Department of English Burleson Writing Contest Winners
- First place: Daniel Dawer (English/Plan II Honors) for “Financial and Marital Exchange Systems in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.”
- Second place: Charlotte Nunes (English) for “In the Name of the Father and Breakfast on Pluto: State-Perpetuated Violence and Collective Critical Consciousness.”
- First place: Scott Brownlee (English/Plan I Honors) for “Something Elemental: Searching for Stable Meaning in DeLillo’s White Noise.”
- Second place: Charlotte Barry (History/Plan I Honors) for “Oh, Sweet God O’ Mine.”
- First place: Jaime DeBlanc-Knowles (English) for “Gone.”
- Second place: Sebastian Langdell (English) for “The Gods of Herein County.”
- Third place: Cara Zimmer (English) for “Three Windows.”
- First place: Mary Sharpe (English) for “Lorca, 1935.”
- Second place: Dafydd Wood (Comparative Literature) for “Bone-Cross.”
- First place: Travis Klunick (English/Plan I Honors) for “Yeguas y Caballos.”
- Second place: Marcie Alexandar (English/Biology) for “Itch.”
- Third place: Aboubacar N'Diaye (English/Government) for “The Fire.”
- First place: Christopher Perez (English) for “What You Leave.”
- Second place: Sean O’Connor (English/Plan I Honors) for “On the Painting of Longhorns.”
- Third place: Denise Rodriguez (English) for “More Than a Poem.”
Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing
- First place: Sebastian Langdell (English) for “To Jean Elizabeth Smith and Her Countless Enemies.”
- Second place: Travis Klunick (English/Plan I Honors) for “Yeguas and Caballos.”
- Third place: Elizabeth Moskowitz (English/Journalism) for “Everyday News.”
- Third place: Dan Moreau (English) for “Raimundo.”
Graduate Student News
Hanjoo Lee (Psychology) earned the 2008 Distinguished Student Research in Clinical Psychology award from the American Psychological Association, Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology.
- Rebecca Onion (American Studies) won the 2008 Best Thesis/Report Award from the graduate school and the University Cooperative Society for her masters report "Sled Dog Stories: Domestication, Masculinity, and Nationhood in Alaska, 1898-1925."
- Matthew Davies (English) earned the 2008 B. Iden Payne award for Best Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for his performance as Benedick in the play “Much Ado About Nothing.”
- Caroline Wigginton (English) earned the 2008 George H. Mitchell Award for Outstanding Graduate Research. This year, she was also awarded a Continuing University Fellowship and the Ellen Clarke Temple Graduate Award for research in women's history from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.
- Layne Craig (English) earned the 2008 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Center for Women and Gender Studies, and the 2009 Dissertation Fellowship from the Department of English.
- Emilie Destruel (Linguistics) earned the 2008-09 Texas Exes Excellence Teaching Awards.
- Aaron Shield (Linguistics) earned a 2008 Fellowship Grant from the Autism Speaks Foundation.
- Sharon Wilcox (Geography) earned a 2008 Dissertation Development Fellowship in Animal Studies Research by the Social Science Research Council for her research, "Encountering El Tigre: Jaguars and People in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands." She also received the 2008 U.S.-Mexico/Borderlands Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts.
- Jeremy Uecker (Sociology) earned the 2008 Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion for his paper, "Religious and Spiritual Responses to 9/11: Evidence from the Add Health Sample.”
- Paul Conrad (History), Rob Holmes (History), Gail Hook (History) and Kelli Mosteller (History) earned Doctoral Research Grants from the Institute for Historical Studies for summer, 2008.
- Christopher Dietrich (History), Shennette Garratt (History) and Jesse Cromwell (History) earned Doctoral Research Grants from the Institute for Historical Studies for 2008-09.
- Dhananjay Jagannathan (Philosophy/Classics/Linguistics/Plan II Honors) earned the 2009 Marshall Scholarship to study ancient philosophy at the University of Oxford and classics and ancient philosophy at the University of Cambridge.
- William Cochran (French/Economics/Plan II Honors), Nicole Masole (Government/Plan II Honors) and Hillary Rodriguez (Religious Studies/History) are the 2008-09 recipients of the Larry Temple Scholarship.
- The Dedman Distinguished Scholars for the Class of 2012 are:
- John Beaumont (Architectural Engineering/Plan II Honors)
- Christopher Burge (Linguistics/Plan II Honors)
Anjali Datta (Biomedical Engineering/Engineering Honors/Plan II Honors)
- Grace Jamail (Premedical/Plan II Honors)
- Lindsey Smith (Government/Plan I Honors)
Hannah Weissgarber (Spanish/Biochemistry/Premed/Plan I Honors)
- Mazen Elfakhani (Sociology), Marcelo Bohrt-Seeghers (Sociology), Aubrey Lee (English/UTeach), BobieJo Ferguson (Plan I) and Amanda Payne (English) earned the 2008-09 Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship.
- Marcie Alexander (Biology/English) won the Ellen Engler Burks Memorial Scholarship for her short story, “Itch.”
- James Hammond (Psychology/English) earned the 2008-09 Joanne Marye Thaman Endowed Presidential Scholarship from the Department of English.
Live Webcast of Liberal Arts Fall 2008 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts will be broadcasting its graduation ceremony live over the Internet on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. You must have RealPlayer installed on your computer to view the webcast. Details about the college’s ceremony and answers to common questions are available online, as is information on all university ceremonies and celebrations.
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