UAA Senior Randy Tedor (Interdisciplinary Studies) was selected as the recipient of the 2004-05 Discovery Award. The Campus Discovery Award Panel noted that “Mr. Tedor demonstrated an exceptional level of integration between academics and research… applying his academic course work to develop a rather unique research project bringing new perspective to answering questions about the anthropology/archaeology of Alaska and its people.” This $1000 award recognizes one UAA undergraduate student each year who has "exemplified overall academic excellence that must include exceptional achievement in research or creative activities.
UAA Biological Sciences major and Honors Program student Reem Sheikh is the recipient of a 2005 Alaska INBRE USPS Award for her proposal "Contribution of Activated Aryl Hydrocarbon receptor to Mucin Gene Expression Associated with Asthma." Sheikh will receive $1500 which funds research expenses and a student stipend.
Matthew Gilbert awarded Fellowship from the National Wildlife Federation: University Honors Program senior Matthew Gilbert submitted his research "Impact and Impressions of Global Warming on Alaska Native Communities." Matthew's primary objective will be to document the effects of global warming as observed by Gwich'in Athabascan elders and hunters in the Alaska Interior region. He will attend the National Wildlife Federation's 69th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 30-April 2, 2005.
Laura Gardner, BS Psychology, is the recipient of the 2004 UAA Discovery Award.
UAA Honors senior Nick Armstrong-Crews received a scholarship from GEM, the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. The scholarship pays full tuition for up to 7 years toward a Ph.D. in Engineering or Science. The scholarship is portable, with an extensive list of participating universities including all Ivy League schools, MIT, and Berkeley. Additionally, there is a $12,000 stipend per annum, with the requirement of a teaching assistant-ship after the first year. During the summers, Nick is to work as an intern for IBM, for which he will receive additional compensation. The GEM Fellowship programs are designed to offer opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance.
Meghan Aube, BM Music Performance, is the recipient of the 2003 UAA Discovery Award.
UAA Psychology Honors Student Reality Canty is admitted to the University of Illinois at Chicago. The offer includes a 2-year fellowship ($15,000 per year), research assistant-ships for 5-6 years ($14,000 - $16,000 per year), and tuition and fees paid (a $17,000 value). The total estimated value is $180,000.
UAA Psychology Honors Student Matthew Shake is admitted to two Ph.D. Programs. One is in Language and Cognition at the University of Connecticut Department of Psychology. The total value of that financial support offer is $30,730 per year for up to 5 years. His second offer is for the Ph.D. program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The total value of this award is $30,559 for 2003-04 academic year.
UAA Psychology Honors Student William John Szlemko is admitted to the Applied Social Psychology program at Colorado State University with the Full Support Fellowship for Research and Scholarly Excellence and a 10 hour graduate support appointment. The package includes $7,500 per semester, out-of-state tuition coverage and a stipend of approximately $567 per month.
Rebekah Miller, a University Honors senior and one of the 2001-2002 Undergraduate Research Awards recipients, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence ($1,500) for graduate study during the 2002-2003 academic year, a certificate of recognition, and Active-for-Life membership.
E.J. David, a 2002 University Honors senior and one of the 2001-2002 Undergraduate Research Awards recipients, was offered admission into the Clinical/Community Division of the Psychology Ph.D. program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, one of the top five psychology Ph.D. programs in the nation, according to US News Rankings. Only 15 out of 200 candidates were offered admission. E.J. was also offered full financial aid for six academic years. The offer averages to about $27,000 per nine months. About $14,000 covers tuition, fees, and other school expenses, while the remaining $13,000 is paid as a stipend. Overall, E.J.'s offer totals to about $162,000.
Five UAA Honors students (E.J. David, Jennifer Davis, Nick McDermott, Stefanie Winters, and Mandy Yan) from an experimental section of HNRS 292: Modern American Culture, worked as research assistants with UAA Psychology and Honors professor Dr. Claudia Lampman and will be published this year in Sexuality & Culture, a quarterly professional journal published by Rutgers University.