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For the second year in a row, three Rochester students have been named Goldwater Scholars: Gautam Altekar '04, who is majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics; Maximilian Popp '04, who is majoring in molecular genetics and chemistry; and Sarah Zubairy '04, who is majoring in mathematics and minoring in economics.

The student newspaper Campus Times received a first-place award for best design in weekly college newspapers from the New York Press Association in the statewide 2002 Better Newspaper Contest.

At the 2002 William Lowell Putnam competition, an "X-treme" mathematics competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada, nine University students worked 12 difficult questions and achieved the best results by University students in the last 15 years. The students who took the exam are Chris Clark '05, Joseph Galante '05, Gershon Bialer '06, Dan Kneezel '05, Tim Kneezel (Take Five Scholar), Zachary Leung '06, Siddharth Parameswaran '06, Liam Rafferty '05, and Juan Rodriguez '04.

Several University athletes were named national All Americans in their sport: Alison Collins '04 in women's soccer, Erika Smith '04 in women's basketball, and Jeff Joss '03 in men's basketball. Brandon Laws '04 was named to the All-Academic Team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The University's Debate Team finished its season ranked sixth in the nation. Thomas Marples '03 was named a college debate All American. Take Five Scholar Theresa Spaulding was named a college debate Academic All American and was a finalist for the U.S. international debate team tour of Japan. John Vermitsky '03 was named a debate Academic All American and received a scholarship to study law at Wake Forest University as the top speaker at the West Point varsity debate competition.

Destino Winds, a quintet comprised of Hilary Abigana '06E, flute; Jeffrey Stephenson '06E, oboe; Amy Chung '06E, clarinet; Rachel Young '06E, bassoon; and Donna Yoo '06E, French horn, made its way this spring into two prestigious national competitions: the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.

Prabhjot Dhadialla '03 was awarded a National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Predoctoral Fellowship. Dhadialla, who also was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in 2002, plans to pursue a career as a physician and researcher.

Take Five Scholar John Geck took second place in the 54th annual Maurine Dallas Watkins Translation Contest, a national competition that tests college students' knowledge of classic Greek and Latin. Geck, who majored in English literature and minored in history, is currently studying medieval culture in the British Isles, including religion, art, architecture, and Latin.

Christina Gill '03E made her national debut March 13-15 in Washington, D.C., at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in a special Stars of Tomorrow concert. Gill sang two arias from the opera Carmen under the direction of National Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch.

Violinist Grace Lee '06E, a student from Singapore, competed in the renowned Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition from June 12-18 in New York City. Lee is one of the youngest entrants in the international competition that has been described by The New York Times as "in its quiet way, the most prestigious of them all."

Kofi Mensah '04 was selected to receive a 2003 United Negro College Fund-Merck undergraduate research scholarship. Mensah, a microbiology major with a double minor in Spanish and in health and society, is the first University undergraduate to win this award.

A new analysis of 12 daily U.S. newspapers by faculty and students in the Department of Religion and Classics reveals that religion does not often receive in-depth coverage. The study represents the most exhaustive post-9/11 review of religion in the media and is available on the Web at

Kathrine Schultz '03, an optics major and German minor from Webster, is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. As a Fulbright Scholar, Schultz traveled to Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet in Jena, Germany, this summer, where she will conduct research in the field of optical metrology for a year. The grant, part of a program established by Congress to promote international understanding, covers tuition and fees and provides a stipend to cover living expenses.

Zuzanna Szewczyk '03E was awarded one of 43 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowships, entitling her to up to $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate study. A piano major, Szewczyk plans to pursue a doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music.

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