Kudos to Award Recipients

Jessica Isaacs ’06, a public policy analysis major, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award to spend 2007 at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, studying the country’s energy policy. She plans to write an academic article that outlines Taiwan’s current course of action and suggests energy-efficient policies that would help Taiwan sustain its economic growth while serving as an energy policy model for East Asia.

Catherine Powell ’06 has been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which covers all expenses of graduate study abroad for one year. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, first awarded in 1947, are aimed at promoting international understanding. Cate will enroll in the Master of Theology program at the Henry Martyn Institute, an international center for research, interfaith relations, and reconciliation In India, where she will focus on Islamic studies and interfaith relations.

Rayna Brooks ’07 and Katherine Shultis ’07 have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships in recognition of their outstanding potential and intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Rayna, a double major in biology and psychology, will continue research on the biological basis of autism with Dr. C. Sue Carter at the University of Illinois this surnmer. Kat, a double major in mathematics and chemistry, will participate in a summer research program at Mount Holyoke College, where she will explore a subfield of number theory.

Jessica Lanan ’06 is Scripps’ most recent recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She joins an elite group of 50 graduating seniors nationwide selected annually to conduct independent research projects abroad. Jessica’s project, “Fairy Tales: An Illustrated Journey,” represents a crystallization of her interests in drawing, travel, and Asian culture and artistic traditions. She will travel throughout Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and perhaps India, exploring the question of folk tales’ reflection of social and moral values. Using her own sketchbook illustrations as a mode of understanding folk-tale traditions, Jessica will document her own journey and interact with her host communities.