Hobart and William Smith students earn academic recognition
by Molly DiStefano '10
Oliver Meeker '09
Meghan O'Loughlin '09
Dale Watkins '09
Brittany Flaherty '10
This spring, four Hobart and William Smith students were recognized for their academic achievements on- and offcampus as recipients of Fulbright, Udall and Princeton-in-Asia prizes, continuing a long trend of academic recognition for HWS students.
Oliver Meeker '09 was awarded a Fulbright Full Grant for Research in Vietnam, where he is studying how a unified Vietnam is conceived and negotiated by its rising entrepreneurial class. "This is a great opportunity to turn my research into something meaningful. I expect to be able to publish a report in both Vietnamese and English that can be used to help foreigners better approach this multifaceted society," says Meeker, who has worked closely with Professors of Sociology Jim Spates P'00, P'11 and Jack Harris P'02, P'06 on Vietnam-related projects. Meeker, a sociology major, studied abroad in Vietnam during his junior year and completed an independent study on Vietnamese leadership as well as an Honors project on Vietnamese cultural diversity.
Meghan O'Loughlin '09 was selected to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant for Eastern Europe. She is based in Georgia, teaching grammar and vocabulary and creating a culturally-focused study of language. "I believe that one person can change the perceptions of others. By teaching my students the English language and how to compare and contrast their culture to U.S. culture, I hope to make a difference in the world," says O'Loughlin, who completed extensive Russian language study at the Colleges and studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Siberia. O'Loughlin worked closely with Assistant Professor of Russian Area Studies Irina Mikhaleva, a native of Russia, on the region's language and culture.
Dale Watkins '09 has traveled to Vietnam as a recipient of one of only 85 prestigious Princeton-in-Asia Fellowships. An urban studies major, Watkins is teaching conversational English to college students in rural areas. "This experience is more than just an opportunity for me to teach in a country that I've grown to love. I am interacting on a one-on-one basis with my students, allowing me to understand their backgrounds, life and situation in Vietnam much better," says Watkins, who studied abroad in Vietnam during his junior year. Watkins is the recipient of both the Harold C. P. Wilmerding '92 Memorial Scholarship and The Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack '47 Scholarship.
Brittany Flaherty '10 was one of only 80 students selected from across the country to receive the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. As an Udall Scholar, Flaherty received a grant for tuition and room and board as well as an all-expense-paid trip to the four-day Udall Scholars Orientation. "As a leukemia survivor, I intend to dedicate my life to ensuring that people are drinking clean water. Working in the field of water quality is one of the best ways to do that," says the biology and environmental studies double major. She has worked closely with Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin on water quality research and hopes to complete Honors in that area.
Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 24
This spring, 24 students from the Classes of 2009 and 2010 were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, joining just more than the half a million members who've been inducted since the society's creation in 1776. Inductees include: Alison Art '09, Michelle Badagnani '09, Alex Bryce '09, Desislava Byanova '10, Emma Daley '10, Jessica Droz '09, Julia Gibson '09, Ross Green '09, David Haughey '09, Austin Kana '09, Karen Mattes '09, Bailey Meeker '09, Oliver Meeker '09, Christian Moore '09, Amy Nadel '09, Chi Poon '09, Keegan Prue '09, Lauren Samuelson '09, Jennie Seidewand '09, Elizabeth Sessions '09, Emily Sheehan '09, Kathleen Taylor '09, Sarah Yoon-Miller '09 and Hannah Zale '09.