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Academic Year 2013-14


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National and International Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

• Jill Capotosto ’14 received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship
• Christine Dierk ’14 was a Janie Crumpton Evans Reece Mathematics Scholar for the 2013-2014 school year, a J. Albert Computing Sciences Scholar for the 2012-2013 school year, a Richard Carlisle Haworth Mathematics Scholar for the 2012-2013 school year, received the Excellence award from the University of California, Berkeley, 2014-2015, and received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention.
• Ashley Fowler ’14 received the Sinclair Scholarship
• Eryn Gorang ’14 received a Fulbright to study in South Africa, was accepted to be Nourish International Goldstein Fellow, and accepted for City Year Seattle.
• Jordan Greene ’14 received the Legal Excellence Scholarship.
• Caroline Henley ’14 received the Ford Foundation Scholarship (Athletics)
• Nathaniel James ’14 received the J.H. Smith Endowed Scholarship, and the Dudley Watson Endowed Scholarship
• Cara McClain ’14 is a Fulbright Finalist
• Omolayo Ojo ’15 was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Senegal
• Marissa Rurka ‘14 received the Sinclair Scholarship in the fall of 2013
• Gloria So ’14 received the Lin Media Digital Scholarship, the RAWLS Scholarship, and the Comcast Leaders & Achievers Award
• Alexander Ward ’14 was honored with a Platinum Intercultural Leadership Award & Outstanding Effort in Immersion Award from Danish Institute of Study Abroad
• Kyle Whitaker ’14 received a Fulbright to study in Malyasia

State and Local Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

• Jared Allen ’14 received a Research Grant to travel to Italy and a Scholarship for Service Work in Nicaragua and Honduras.
• Ashley Fowler ’14 received the RAWLS Scholarship.
• Eryn Gorang ’14 received the North Carolina Campus Compact Student Impact Award and the Zint Family Scholarship (for exceptional Human Services Major)
• Haley Hawkins ’14 was a Glen Ravens Scholar and Glaxosmith Kline Women in Science.
• Caroline Henley ’14 received a Rotary Club Scholarship
• Kimberly Lilienthal ’14 received an English Departmental Award and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at NC State.
• Cara McClain ’14 received the Katherine Weymouth Scholarship for outstanding junior in the social sciences and the RAWLS Scholarship, and won the highest GPA award at Omicron Delta Kappa.
• Omolayo Ojo ’15 was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Senegal.
• Nicole Panaggio ‘15 received a Travel Grant this summer (2013), the Rawls Research Award (Fall 2013)
• Marissa Rurka ‘14 was nominated for "Academic Research/Project of the Year" by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center at Elon.
• Julia Schast ’14 was a winner in the research paper category for Elon's first Human Rights and Social Justice Writing contest and earned two attorney awards through Elon Mock Trial competitions.
• Rebecca Schneider ‘15 received a grant through the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Undergraduate Research Program, and The Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Scholarship.
• Gloria So ’14 the RAWLS Scholarship, Chaplain Richard McBride Vision Award, and the Judge's Grand Award for Photo in the Elon Human Rights Writing Contest.
• Jillian Somero ’14 received the Glen Raven Scholarship and was a Jerry W. Lawson Endowed Scholarship recipient through the Biology department.
• Alexander Ward ’14 received the RAWLS Scholarship, and the Bundy Memorial Scholarship (Hillyer Memorial Christian Church)

The Lumen Prize: Elon’s most prestigious research award.

Michelle Alfini ’16, Zachary Fisher ’16, Kathleen Hupfeld ’16, Claire Lockard ’16,  Helen Meskhidze ’16,  Sarah Vaughan ‘16

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE):

Kimberly Lilienthal ’14, Claire Mayo ’14, Cara McClain ’14, Marissa Rurka ’14, Julia Schast ’14, Kyle Whitaker ‘14


• Cleo Dann ‘13 presented her research on the IRA at the International Studies Association – South annual meeting in Charlotte. She also presented her research on the ETA at the Georgia Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Savannah. 
• Taylor Davis ‘15 presented a poster at a regional chemistry society conference in November (SERMACS).
• Ashley Fowler ‘14 has been invited by two groups in Lithuania and Croatia (an NGO and a student group) to present her findings in what may turn out to be a public or semi-public forum.
• Raymond Haack ’14 presented his research at the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston in March.
• Caroline Klidonas ’14 will be presenting at 12th International Writing  Across the Curriculum Conference in Minneapolis in June.
• Kimberly Lilienthal ’14 has presented her research at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop, Charlotte, NC (2012); FIE Student International Leadership Conference, London, England (2013); Sigma Tau Delta, Savannah, GA (2014); and the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN (2014).
• Claire Mayo ‘14 presented her research at the Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in January.
• Cara McClain ’14 presented her research at the Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver.
• Marissa Rurka ’14 presented her research at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in February.
• Julia Schast ’14 presented her paper titled "Battle of the Sexes: Why the United States Has Not Yet Ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)" at a conference sponsored by the North Carolina Political Science Association and held at Fidelity Investments in Cary, NC, ISA-South (Charlotte, NC - October 2013), GPSA (Savannah, GA - November 2013), and the TISS Honors Dinner (Chapel Hill, NC - April 2014).
• Gloria So ’14 presented her research at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, North Carolina Campus Compact Conference, and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference.
• Jillian Somero ’14 presented her research at the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) 2013 conference and the Experimental Biology (EB) 2014 conference.
• Erin Strosnider ’14 presented her research the 9th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference in November, and at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD and the CURM Student Research Conference.
• Alice Sudlow ’14 presented her research at the English Honor Society Conference for Sigma Tau Delta.
• Lauren Sutherland ‘15 presented some early results at a regional conference this fall and plans to present at NCUR in the spring. 
• Danielle White ’14 presented her research at the Society for the Advancement in Management International Business Conference in Florida in April.

NCUR: National Conference on Undergraduate Research:

Colleen Brockmyre ’14, Jill Capotosto ’14, Ashley Fowler ’14, Jordan Greene ’14, Raymond Haack ’14, Kimberly Lilienthal ’14, Claire Mayo ’14, Marissa Rurka ’14, Gloria So ’14, Allison Sudlow ’14, Alexander Ward ‘14

SURF: Student Undergraduate Research Forum

Colleen Brockmyre ’14, Cleo Dan ’14, Haley Hawkins ’14, Caroline Henley ’14, Claire Mayo ’14, Cara McClain ’14, Marissa Rurka ’14, Gloria So ’14, Alexander Ward ‘14


Phi Beta Kappa: The oldest and most prestigious honors society in the country honoring excellence in the liberal arts and sciences: Jill Capotosto ’14, Cleo Dan ’14, Eryn Gorang ’14, Raymond Haack ’14, Kimberly Lilienthal ’14, Claire Mayo ’14, Cara McClain ’14, Marissa Rurka ’14, Alice Sudlow ’14, Kyle Whitaker ‘14

Omicron Delta Kappa: National leadership honor society recognizing high-achieving students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus/community service and activities, journalism and media, and creative and performing arts: Mary Kathleen Brogan ‘15, Eryn Gorang ‘14?, Raymond Haack ‘14, Cara McClain ‘14?, Omolayo Ojo? ‘15, Brenda Reavis ‘15?, Lori Schachle? ‘15

Phi Eta Sigma: Michelle Alfini ’16, Jacquelyn Bement ’16, Hanna Elmgren ’16, Kathleen Hupfeld ’16, Benjamin Kaiser ’16, Erin Lanzotti ’16, Claire Lockard ’16, Helen Meskhidze ’16, Casey Morrison ’16, Melina Oliverio ’16, Lauren Phillips ’16, Daniel Schneider ’16, Christopher Shannon ’16, Evan Skloot, ’16, Allison Weiler ‘16