Mount Holyoke College students are reaping rewards for their academic talent and aptitude for research this spring, winning a variety of prestigious awards.
Samantha Doolittle ’14 (pictured) is one of just 20 college juniors nationwide to win a Beinecke Scholarship to help fund her graduate studies. Rachel Krueger '13 and Gege Wang '13 have both received Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarships that will fund their postgraduate studies in Germany. Gabriella Crimi '15 and Emma Murphy '15 have each been awarded a Boren Scholarship, which funds a year of study abroad in areas that are critical to the interests and security of the U.S. and are underrepresented in study abroad programs.
Doolittle, an English and theatre arts double major, is the sixth MHC student to win a Beinecke award, which provides each scholar with $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. She hopes to use the funding to extend her senior thesis research—an examination of the ways that writers and playwrights explore, incorporate, and rebuff historical notions of race and race relations in their work. Doolittle is also known on campus for her many roles in College theater productions, including her recent performance as Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Thanks to a DAAD grant, Krueger, a chemistry and philosophy double major, will undertake a research project on proton-conducting materials at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. When she returns from Germany, she intends studying theoretical chemistry at graduate school. Wang, an international relations major, will pursue a master’s degree in European studies to improve her understanding of the European economic, legal, and political systems. She hopes to eventually attend law school.
The Boren Scholarship will allow Crimi, an economics and French double major, to study economics at the American University in Cairo, while also improving her fluency in modern standard and colloquial Arabic. Murphy, an East Asian studies and politics double major, will study Japanese language and culture at Doshisha University in preparation for a career in international diplomacy.
Additionally, three students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to attend intensive language institutes during the summer. Katharine Constas ’15 will study Chinese in China, Christiana Macauley ’14 will travel to India to study Hindi, and Laura Donovan ’13 heads to Russia to improve her Russian.
Nicole Sonnert '14 and Ye Tian '15 also earned honorable mentions from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which recognizes promising scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Sonnert, a special major in biomathematics, hopes to pursue a career involving researching renewable energy sources. Tian, a chemistry and biology double major, plans to conduct research and practice medicine at an academic hospital when she graduates.