Meet the 2014 Watson Finalists

Posted: October 9, 2013

The Watson Committee is pleased to announce President Lori Bettison-Varga has accepted our recommendation of three senior finalists from a pool of very fine applicants. The class of 2014 is outstanding and this year was keenly competitive at every stage.

In alphabetical order, the 2014 Scripps College Watson finalists are:

Jean Larsen from Seattle, WA, who is majoring in Politics and International Relations (focus on political economy), and minoring in Geology.  Jean will be exploring the obstacles that women in different cultures and socio-economic classes must face to engage wilderness recreation and sporting activities that are typically dominated by men. Her project will take her to Costa Rica, Nepal, Peru, and Chile.

Sanggeet Manirajah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who is majoring in Politics and International Relations.  Sanggeet will explore how the gift traditions of various indigenous cultures in the Americas manifest in their economies that are based on reciprocity, generosity, and mutual aid (“gift economies”). She will journey to Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

Eliana Rudee from Seattle, WA who is majoring in Politics and International Relations with a minor in Jewish Studies.  Through the lens of storytelling during Shabbat, Eliana will explore variance in Jewish identities due to cultural assimilation.  This project will take her to Brazil, South Africa, France, and Poland.

Please join us in congratulating our finalists!

The 2013-14 Scripps College Watson Committee

Associate Dean Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert
Associate Professor of Biology, Emily Wiley co-Chair and Watson Liaison
Professor of Psychology, Judith LeMaster
Assistant Professor of English, Warren Liu
Ms. Claire Bridge, The Office of the President
Professor Susan Rankaitis, The Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art  co-Chair

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