Fall Convocation 2016 Awards List

Posted: August 29, 2016

At fall convocation, Scripps College recognizes the achievements of its continuing students during the past academic year. We celebrate their accomplishments and honor their hard work and dedication.


Psi Chi
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. The following students were elected at the conclusion of their junior year at Scripps.
Yuqing Lei ’18
Leigh Thomas ’17

Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi is a national honorary Spanish society. Juniors and seniors are elected to membership on the basis of academic standing.
Elise Berendt ’17                     Ariana Stuart ’17
Claire Daly ’17                         Julia Tambone ’17
Jessie Modlin ’17                    Caroline Thomas FA16
Tara Partow ’17                       Leigh Thomas ’17
Leah Snider ’17


The Ament Scholars Award
The Ament Scholars Award was established by alumnae of the classes of 1931 through 1947 in memory of William Sheffield Ament, Professor of English, and a member of the original faculty of Scripps College. The award is given each year to recognize rising seniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the Humanities.
Flora Field ‘17
Cassidy Villeneuve ’17
Athlete of the Year
The Athlete of the Year Award is given to the outstanding athlete for the 2015-2016 academic year, co-sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and CMS Athletic Department.
Tyra Abraham ’18
The Noëlle and Veronique Boucquey Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award
The Noëlle and Veronique Boucquey Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award was established in 2006 by Thierry Boucquey, a current professor of French at the college, in honor of his daughters. The scholarship annually recognizes a student athlete who was distinguished during the years of athletic eligibility by an outstanding performance or other extraordinary achievement or distinction in one of CMS’ competitive sports, while concurrently earning a minimum cumulative GPA of A- (11.00 or 3.66). The student is selected by the Joint Athletics (CMS) coaching staff.
Vaiva Palunas ’17

The Crombie Allen Award
This award, presented for the best creative written work:  essay, short story, poetry, or play, was established in 1927 by Mr. Crombie Allen, a former editor of the Ontario Daily Report.
Flora Field ’17

The Deborah David ’72 and Norman Kurland Scholarship
The Deborah David ’72 and Norman Kurland Scholarship supports talented art history majors studying abroad.
Iman Salty ’17
Katherine Shearer ’17
The Virginia Judy Esterly Research Awards
The Esterly Awards, established in 1949 in memory of Virginia Judy Esterly, assistant to the president and counselor of human relations at Scripps from 1934 to 1946, are given to scholars who combine the qualities of good scholarship, effective service in student activities, and responsible citizenship. The awards are granted to students who present a worthwhile educational project to be undertaken during the summer.

Chloe Bazlen ’18 – Excavation of Roman Ruins of Troia
Madeline Helland ’18 – Summer study in Italy
Bridgette Ramirez ’17 – BlogHer Conference, August 2016
Ariana Stuart ’17 – Summer research at Keck Graduate Institute
Morgan Weidner ’17 – Summer research on supply chain performance bonds
Elle Chen ’17 – Amendment and Implementation of Sexual Assault Policy at CIEE South Africa
The Ruth George Poetry Prize
The Ruth George Poetry Prize is a cash award for an outstanding poem or group of poems. This award was established in 1951 in recognition of Professor George’s devoted and inspired teaching of writing and the appreciation of poetry. The prize is awarded only for work of special merit and is not necessarily given each year.
Keely Shinners ’18

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery awards summer internships for undergraduates of diverse cultural backgrounds. The program is designed to introduce students of African/African American, Asian/Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent to careers available in museums and related fields.
David Ahia ’18, Pomona College – Curatorial Intern
Rachel Rangel ’16, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Visual Resources Intern
Leslie Daniela Gonzalez-Pruitt ’17, University of Toronto – Collections/Curatorial Intern

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
This annual scholarship is funded by Congress in honor of the former senator Barry M. Goldwater to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Karen Chan ’17
Rachel Kahn ’17
The Martha Wehmeier Hammer ’66 Scholarship
Established in 1996 in honor of former Board Chair, Martha Wehmeier Hammer ’66, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding sophomore at the conclusion of the student’s third semester of the Humanities Core Program. The recipient receives the scholarship for the junior year.
Rachel Geller ’18
Faye LaFond ’18
The Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Student Research Award
This award was established in 1995 to support student summer research projects on interdisciplinary topics. Students work under the guidance of Scripps faculty members and present their results to the college community at programs of the Humanities Institute.
Isobel Morrison ’17 – Down the Dirt Road: Generational Memory and Oral History Archive in the Sierra Nevadas
Liya Rabkina ’17 – Investigation of S3QELS 1-3 as Cancer Therapeutics
Chloe Soltis ’17 – Effectiveness of Dental Education Outreach Programs in Los Angeles
LASPA Center for Leadership: We Act Action and Research Grants
Elizabeth Galvan ’19 – Partner organization: Path of Knowledge
Mikaela Gallardo ’19 – Partner organization: Path of Knowledge
Kristen Liu ’19 – Partner organization: Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP)
Grace Reckers ’18 – Partner organization: Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
Yijia Yang ’18 – Partner organization: LA84 Foundation and Chengdu No. 7 High School
Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 through the generosity of Bekki’s friends and family to celebrate her lifelong commitment to education, access and inclusivity. Bekki’s deep commitment to education will be remembered, honored, and celebrated in perpetuity through the award of the Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship to a deserving student who has made significant efforts to enhance the Scripps community.
Kohsheen Sharma ’18
Samella Lewis Scholarship
The Samella Lewis Scholarship was established in 2002 by former students, friends, and admirers of Samella Lewis, Professor Emerita of Art History. The scholarship honors Samella Lewis as an educator, artist, and mentor. The scholarship is awarded to an African American student on the basis of scholastic achievement, excellence in character, leadership, and responsibility.
Tatissa Zunguze ‘18
The Lind Family Prize in Mathematics in Honor of Mary Barron and Professor Louis Barron
This award is designated in loving memory by their nephew, Mathew M. Lind, who also is the parent of Katy Lind ’06. The prize, a tuition-offsetting scholarship, is awarded to an undergraduate who has shown particular promise in Math.
Elena Pinsker ’17
Maggie Wei Wu ’17
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowships in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
The Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides opportunities for students to gain critically important research skills and training in a faculty-directed research fellowship, and to pursue their own research questions and more fully develop their senior theses with a pre-thesis fellowship.
Pre-thesis Fellowships
Felicia Agrelius ’17 – Tracking the Diagnosis and Treatment of ‘Severe’ Mental Illnesses Throughout History
Lucienne Altman-Newell ’17 – Is Bodily Resurrection Compatible with Materialism?
Eden Amital ’17 – Mapping Zika
Reilly Anderson ’17 – Organizations that Work in Healing Communities
Karen Chan ’17 – Imaginary Musical Bodies
Alexandra Harder ’FA 16 – Aquaponics in New York
Leah Jeffers ’17 – Italian Renaissance Fashion
Harriet Lindeman ’17 – Spoken Resistance: Self-Representation Through Slam Poetry within Middle Eastern and North African Diaspora in New York City
Lara O’Connor ’17 – Anti-Natalism: Is Human Procreation Morally Permissible?
Isabella Ramos ’17 – Imagined Sceneries
Meghana Ravikumar ’17 – The Murderer and the Prostitute: The Criminalization of the Indian
Woman in 20th Century British India
Jasmine Russell ’17 – Whistle While You Work: Histories of Mood Creation in the Capitalist Workplace
Hannah Sands ’17 – Community Based Tourism Development and the Trap of Authenticity for
Aymara People Around Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Cassidy Villeneuve ’17 – Telling One’s Own Story: An Exploration of Identity, Community
Engagement, and Counter-narrative Through Oral History
Research Fellowships
Chelci Burroughs ’18 – HANDS UP…Dance in Dire Times
Rachel Kaiser ’18 – Consent to search – 4th Amendment
Rosemary Kepple ’18 – Masterpiece of the Medici
Isabella Ramos ’17 – 5C EnvioLab Asia Project
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) at The Claremont Colleges
The goal of the MMUF program is to identify and support underrepresented students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity, who are interested in earning a doctorate in the core fields of arts and sciences and becoming future faculty. Eleven students from the 5Cs were accepted to this cohort, including two from Scripps.
Prisma Herrera ’18 – Food and Traditions in the Diaspora: From Mexico to NYC
Lina Mihret ’18 – The Ethiopian Diaspora in the United States
Lucile P. Morrison Dance Scholarship
Established by the late Trustee Mrs. Lucile Morrison in 1947, this award was designed to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their horizons and to encourage their interest in dance as a vital educational experience. It is given to a sophomore or junior to enable students to study with outstanding professionals in a summer school program.
Suzette Guzman ’19
Cynthia Irobunda ’18
Mia Farago-Iwamasa ’17
Sharon Keenan ’17
Rachel Nayer ’18

Robert B. Palmer Memorial Classics Award
This award, established in memory of the late Robert B. Palmer, Trustee Professor of Classical Studies at Scripps from 1949 to 1977, is awarded to students who have displayed distinguished scholarship and promise in their studies of the Classics.
Alice Doyle ’18

Peggy Phelps Internship, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
 Through the generosity of Peggy Phelps, this internship is designed to give Scripps students exposure to and experience curating and organizing art exhibitions. The 2016 intern organized two exhibitions from the Scripps permanent collection for display in 2016-17 at Mt. San Antonio Gardens exhibition space, and at Scripps Clark Humanities Museum.
Gillian Holzer ’19

The Merle A. & Edith G. Potter Award
The Merle A. and Edith G. Potter Award was established in recognition of Edith Potter’s 23 years of dedicated service to Scripps College, and her tireless efforts to carry on the legacy of her late husband to build bridges of understanding between Germans and Americans. This award provides funding for a Scripps student to carry out a research project that focuses on German culture with an emphasis on literature and the arts.
Ellie McDonald ’18
The Ellen Clark Revelle “Nellie” Scholarship
The “Nellie” is an innovative and transformative scholarship honoring the alumna and former trustee Ellen Clark Revelle ’31. Designated as an Ellen Clark Revelle Scholar, the recipient of this award must be a continuing student who is making excellent academic progress, demonstrates financial need, and fully engages in the Scripps College community and beyond through leadership activities.
Suzette Guzman ’18

The Marie McSpadden Sands Writing Awards
Established in 1995 by the sons of Marie McSpadden Sands, a member of the Class of ’34, these awards recognize excellence in writing among first-year students.
Susanna Barrett ’19 – Best Research Argument
Alicia Goode-Allen ’19 – Best Textual Analysis

Lucia Suffel Crafts Award
The Lucia Suffel Crafts Award was established in 1973 in memory of Lucia Suffel, a member of the Class of ’60, by her family and friends. This award is given annually to outstanding students who excel in the field of arts and crafts or are worthy of recognition for interest and endeavors in the arts and crafts, as chosen by the art faculty.
Caroline Thomas ’FA 16
The Jane Hurley Wilson and Michael G. Wilson Internship in Art Administration
The Wilson Internship, offered by the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, is a summer internship made possible by Scripps alumna Jane Coila Wilson ‘64 and Michael Wilson (Harvey Mudd College ’63) as part of their generous contribution in support of the Scripps Art program.
Josephine Ren ’19 – Art Conservation Intern
Laura Woods ’18 – Wilson Administrative Intern


On behalf of Scripps College and our summer internship grant recipients, we would like to extend our gratitude to the donors who have supported the Scripps College Internship Grant Program by establishing named operating and endowed internships as well as the many donors who support the program through their annual gifts, including many faculty and staff. In 2016, our named internships include:
Alumnae Association Internship
Rebecca Barber Adams ’61 Non-profit Internship
Barbara Bixby Blackwell ’63 Internship
Frances Kay Brossy ’50 Memorial Non-profit Endowed Internship
Barbara Bruner ’76 Human Rights Internship
Angelica Kusar Clark ’84 Internship in Finance
Summer Internship in Conflict Management
The Davis Family Foundation Internship
Joanna Dunklee ’62 Internship
The Ghadar Family Foundation Internship
Gabrielle Giffords ’93 Internship in Public Service
Judith Nelson Keep ’66 Internship in Leadership
Eileen Schock Laspa ’67 and Jude Laspa (HMC ’65) Internship
The Marquardt Family Internship
The Constance Minnett ’74 Internship
David “The Dogman” Null Internship
The Scheyer Family Education Internship
We are incredibly grateful to all of the donors who give students amazing growth opportunities by supporting internships at Scripps College.
*This list is current as of 6/2016 and is subject to change.

Valmont Academy Alexandra Levin ’17
Wildling Museum Alice Mullin ’17
Cosmo and Seventeen Magazine Alicia Hurteau ’17
Center for International Environmental Law Alyssa Alfonso ’19
Taipei Zoo Amanda Wen ’18
UCSD Language Acquisition Lab Anita Ho ’19
ELLE Decor, Hearst Magazines Annette He ’18
Capturing the Life Story in Indigenous Australia (Project Name) Ariana Turner ’16
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Arielle Colen-Landy ’18
Tress MacNeille Talent Bridget Payne ’18
Yosemite National Park Preventive Search and Rescue Caitlin Gaylord ’18
California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson Casey Harris ’19
Cabinet Castellane Avocats Cherish Molezion ’17
The Bowers Museum Claire Pukszta ’19
Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles Dominique Gabrielle Chua ’17
NW Communication Connections Elisa Taylor ’18
UCSF Elizabeth Ach ’16
Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research at USC Ellie-Jan Taw ’18
PanLex Emilie Wilk ’17
Right to the City Emily Audet ’17
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park Emily Gratke ’17
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Emma McElroy ’18
UC Berkeley (Early Learning Lab) Gabriela Paganini ’17
Maine Immunization Program-Division of Infectious Disease, Maine CDC Gina Robertson ’17
Oregon Health and Science University Hana Litvin ’16
Alaska Zoo Ilana Weisberg ’18
Feminist Majority Foundation Jenna Lewinstein ’19
WorldDenver Jennifer Lehr ’17
WHOA Travel Jessica Bird ’19
US Department of State Kaela Cote-Stemmermann ’18
The GrowHaus Katharine Graham ’19
Dream Foundation Lianne Sturgeon ’19
First Street Art Gallery Lily Yang ’18
Algonquin Books, Online Marketing Department Lina Purtscher ’18
Pomona Hope Madeleine Edwards ’18
Landesa, HR Department Madeline Ferry ’18
Hilltop Public Solutions Maithili Joshi ’17
Restorative Schools Vision Project Mariah Farris ’18
Bryan Ohno (Gallery & company Urban Art Concept) Mary Jane Coppock ’17
Unlimited Potential Maya Salas ’17
US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Meagan McIntyre ’17
L’Etoile French Immersion School Miriam Jaffe ’17
Revolve Impact Monika Lee ’17
County of Santa Clara Public Defender Office Natalie Lillie ’19
COPE Health Scholars Program at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange Pearl Audon ’18
New York Attorney General Philippa Haven ’17
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) Phoebe Shen ’17
The Brookings Institute, Governance Studies Program Rachel Matthews ’18
Urban Justice Center – Street Vendor Project Rebecca Millberg ’17
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (The Reentry Program) Sabrina Gunter ’18
Hello Marseille Sinclair Blue ’19
Life Lab Talia Speaker ’18
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Taylor Carr-Howard ’17
Cosmo and Seventeen Magazine Uma Bates ’17
City of Chicago 45th Ward Wren Osler ’18
Delirio Films Xijia Yuan ’17
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Housing and Testing Unit Yinghan Qi ’17
Ecological Neuroscience Lab – University of Michigan Yuqing Lei ’18


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