CU-Boulder Graduate School To Honor Outstanding Students

Published: April 29, 1998

The University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate School will honor a number of outstanding graduate students May 5 for their research and creative work, graduate teaching excellence and scholarly activity.

The event, which will be held at Fiske Planetarium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., also will recognize CU-Boulder’s top graduate students receiving various fellowships and scholarships. The event is open to the public.

"This is the high point of the year for graduate education on campus," said Graduate School Associate Dean Rodney Taylor. "It is a celebration of both teaching and research by the students and their families, as well as faculty members and key mentors of these students."

The 1997-98 Graduate Student Research and Creative Work Award and an accompanying $1,000 prize will go to Dylan Taatjes of the chemistry and biochemistry department. The two runners-up, Darrin Muggli of chemical engineering and Bob Rehder of psychology, each will receive $500.

The Graduate School Teaching Excellence Awards, which each carry a $250 award and certificate, will go to 10 students, including John Carter of applied mathematics, Scott Douglass of comparative literature, Cathryn Marsh of economics and Linda Narajano-Heubl of English.

Also receiving the awards are Ashley Holmes of fine arts, Rebecca Barck of French, Rebecca Self of journalism, Mark Davenport of music, Richard Geenen of philosophy and Sarah Henderson of political science.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution Award, made by CU-Boulder’s United Government of Graduate Students, will go to Tim Benner of the atmospheric and oceanic sciences program. This award recognizes the CU-Boulder graduate student selected by his or her peers who has made the most significant contributions to CU-Boulder.

The Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities Award recognizes the most significant dissertation written in any humanities field and carries a $1,000 award. The 1997-98 recipient is Maxine Fawcett-Yeske of music.

The Graduate School also will honor two graduate student mentors, theatre and dance assistant Professor Oliver Gerland and Museum Studies Coordinator Nancy Markham, winners of the Outstanding Graduate Advising Awards. "These are two extraordinarily dedicated people who took that extra step to advise, nurture and champion our graduate students," said Taylor.

The 1997-98 Chancellor’s Fellowships were awarded to Allison Baker of applied mathematics, Gretchen Haley of theatre and dance, Kevin Hennigan of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Remy Indebetouw of astrophysical and planetary sciences. Also receiving Chancellor’s Fellowships were Sally McFarlane of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, Paul Studtmann of philosophy and Amy Swanson of music.

The Chancellor’s Fellowships include multi-year awards of $15,000 per year and tuition costs for each student. "These fellowships are among the most competitive on campus and represent an extraordinary level of accomplishment and promise by our students," said Taylor.

The George F. Reynolds Fellowships for 1997-98 went to Rhonda Sanford of English and Richard J. Cameron of philosophy. These fellowships are awarded to humanities students in their dissertation year and include a $12,800 cash award as well as tuition, fees and health insurance costs.

The Bernice Udick Fellowship, which is awarded to a female student writing a dissertation in the humanities and carries a $7,600 prize, went to Maritza Paul of French.

The Graduate School Awards Program also will include the presentation of a number of private graduate fellowships to outstanding CU-Boulder graduate students as well as the presentation of the Beverly Sears Dean’s Small Grant Awards to high-achieving graduate students, said Taylor.