Students Win Summer Research Grants, Public Service Scholarships

Michael Deane Lamkin, vice president and dean of faculty, announced the Stanley and Mary Johnson Student Research Awards for the summer of 2002. Twelve proposals were submitted in the competition for this year’s awards and three were selected. All were of superior quality, according to Dean Lamkin. “The selection committee was particularly pleased with the intellectual rationales developed for the projects, their interdisciplinary reach, and the quality of the faculty recommendations,” he said. “Unfortunately, there were only three awards the committee could grant.”

The committee selected Caily Di Puma’s proposal, “DO I? The history of marriage from past to present,” Risa Mongiello’s proposal, “Peace and Conflict Resolution: Where is it Headed?” and Theresa Preston’s proposal, “Costa Rican Women’s Ways of Knowing Themselves.”

The students will present the results of their research at a campus-wide event during fall semester.

Two Scripps students—Jenoa Cohen ’03 and Rosie Poitra-Chalmers ’03—are among a select few California college students to receive a Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship, established as a memorial to the late Don Strauss of Newport Beach
and now designed to award $10,000 scholarships to at least 14 California college juniors annually.

The Strauss scholarships fund public service projects that the students have proposed and will carry out the summer prior to their senior year. Jenoa Cohen, of Phoenix, Arizona, will implement a financial literacy program in Arizona for underserved women, “WI$E-UP: Women’s Independence Secured Economically.” Rosie Poitra-Chalmers, of Olympia, Washington, will investigate issues related to social justice, civil rights, preventative health care, legal instruction, and the tools of multi-media ESL instruction in her project “Breaking Down Barriers with Language,” tailored to fit the needs of the day labor population in Southern California.