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Honors College Chronicles

The end of an academic year typically is the time that honors are bestowed and awards are granted. There is no shortage of accomplishments this year for students in the Robert E. Cook Honors College.

Rebecca Galloway

Fulbright Leads to Graduate Study Abroad

Rebecca Galloway, who graduated in May, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a full year studying in the Netherlands. Only 1,200 university students in the nation are chosen for this prestigious scholarship. The award will allow Galloway, who speaks five languages, to enroll in a master’s program at the Universiteit Maastricht, a liberal arts college in the Netherlands, for the 2006-07 year.

Galloway spent last summer working in Brussels, Belgium, and toured Ireland and France before beginning a summer course in Dutch at the Universiteit Antwerpen in downtown Antwerp, Belgium. She earned a diploma in international management from a French business school during a study-abroad experience. Most recently, she presented her econometric research, “The Effects of Immigration on Unemployment in the Netherlands: An Analysis of Twenty-Six Labor Market Regions,” at the 2006 Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of Pittsburgh.

Scientific Thinker

Biology and Anthropology major Kristin Juhasz has been named IUP’s third Goldwater Scholar in the past four years. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors with impressive academic qualifications who plan to pursue graduate study in mathematics, science, or engineering.

A student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, Juhasz currently is studying in South Africa courtesy of a grant from Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society. She is researching the effectiveness and accuracy of health care messages and how effectively Western medicine is integrated into the world of traditional healers. She spent last summer as a research intern at Emory University, working in a primate lab to further Parkinson’s Disease research.

“Pick all the superlatives you want,” said Mary Lou Zanich, a Psychology faculty member who served as Juhasz’s mentor throughout the Goldwater application process. “She’s an excellent scientific thinker, extraordinarily competent in everything she does.”

The Goldwater scholarship program strives to help alleviate the shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in the United States. According to the Goldwater Foundation, the scholarship is “the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.” Previous IUP Goldwater winners are former Honors College students Brigid Mooney, a Mathematics major who won in 2003, and Thomas Baker, a Chemistry major who won in 2004.

A story about Juhasz’s research appeared in the Spring edition of IUP Magazine.

A Sign of the Times

An essay by Jenni Easton, a senior from Erie, was posted on NYTimes.com in February. Easton wrote the essay, addressing the role of newspapers in a democracy, for a conference held at the offices of the New York Times in 2005. The essay was one of seven published from the conference known as Inside the Times, sponsored by The New York Times and the American Democracy Project. The conference involved newspaper editors from public universities nationwide. Easton and another editor attended on behalf of the Penn, IUP’s student newspaper.

A double major in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, Easton graduated in May. She spenta year as editor in chief of the Penn. During her tenure, she directed “The Civic Project,” a foray into civic journalism that has become the foundation for her undergraduate thesis research with Journalism professor David Loomis.

Chelsea Grove

System’s Best

Senior Chelsea Grove has been chosen to receive at May Commencement ceremonies the Syed Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She is the third student from IUP to receive the award since its inception in 2001.

The student member of the IUP Council of Trustees, Grove has served as secretary of the IUP Cooperative Association Board of Directors and on the association’s finance and operations committees. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance, along with a minor in French, in May, although she has concentrated on the Arabic language. She studied in Egypt in 2004 and plans to return to Egypt for further study at the end of the summer.

On to Hong Kong

Sophomore history major Gina Russo became the second IUP student in the last two years to receive one of thirty-eight national grants from Phi Kappa Phi national honor society for study-abroad experiences. She is a tutor in the Writing Center and serves as an IUP Student Ambassador.  An editor for The Endnote, the peer-reviewed history journal, she is a tutor at the Salvation Army and is the piano accompanist for Bella Voce, a choral group that performs at local nursing homes.  The grant will help her spend a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she will gain advanced knowledge to complement her concentration in Asian Studies.

Stem Cell Research

Natural sciences and pre-optometry major Kristen Taddie of Homer City is one of eight students selected to participate in a rigorous research program at the University of Utah. She is conducting an independent research project involving the development of stem cells under a hematology professor as part of the nine-week Research Experience for Undergraduates program based at the Utah School of Medicine.