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Upcoming Events • Parents Weekend This year’s dates: October 18-20, 2013. Families are invited to a public lecture,


Friday at 4 pm, by DeRoy Professor Jacques Mistral: ”Whither Europe.” Reception following at 5 pm.

 “Victors for Michigan” Financial Campaign

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Director’s Letter P.8

• Honors Award Ceremony

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Michigan League Ballroom, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7pm.

search for contacts demo-

• 2014 Graduation

graphically on LinkedIn? Go

We’re headed back to Crisler Arena for the Honors 2014 Graduation Ceremony,

to Members, Search, Ad-

Friday, May 2, at 10 am.

vanced Search, and use the

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Location, as well as Industry,

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Kick-off weekend for the fourth in this series is November 8-9, 2013. For an overview, see:

Vis ua l Conne c t ions A “Test Your U-M Skills” video is now on the Alumni webpage, as well as new

Us and Events/Parents Weekend pages. Check back regularly. We update images

throughout the year as they are created within the Honors program and across campus.

Introducing Alumni Profiles Brainstorming ways to connect our graduating

These insightful pieces also inspire prospective

classes and current students, the Alumni Council

students wishing to pursue this engaging and rigor-

and Honors Program Directors recently developed

ous educational path. “The LSA Honors experi-

Alumni Profiles, a new monthly feature which we

ence created an instant small-knit community at

began publishing in January on the Honors web-

Michigan, fostered by inspiring and supportive


professors, and a diverse group of talented

Regents Branding

419 S State St 1330 Mason Hall Ann Arbor MI 48109-1027 734.764.6274 phone 734.763.6553 fax

HRAs Earn Program Award P. 11

slideshows under the About

Featured: Graduation 2013, Crisler Arena.

The Forum Vol 18 2013

Photo: M Walle

Professional Connections: LinkedIn®

In May 2013, the Regents

Honors Alum Rachel Severin

(Honors BA/

rolled out new Block M

Comparative Literature, 2010), then working and

students,” shares Natasha Luppov (Honors BA/ Political Science and Russian, 2008), in the February profile.

branding cross-

residing in Ann Arbor, enthusiastically began inter-

campus, unifying

viewing candidates, whose professional accom-

In the summer, we bade farewell to Severin, who is

departments with

plishments range from managing commercial oper-

attending medical school at Columbia University

a shared logo style. Here’s

ations for Levi Strauss & Company to performing in

(NYC). As Jacquelyn Turkovich (BA/English,

our new social media logo.

Cirque du Soleil. These profiles share the benefits

2006), Honors Academic Auditor, picks up the reins

Look for it on Facebook,

of a superior liberal arts education by showcasing

of the profiles project, our plans include connecting

Twitter, or on our Tumblr:

the depth and breadth of experiences represented

with current members on Honors Program Alum-

“That’s So Honors”

by each interviewee.

ni—University of Michigan LinkedIn, as well as


Readers delve into the dynamic ways Honors graduates’ lives have progressed and explore memories of their friends and days on campus. Says Kent Caldwell (BFA/BA, 2010), “There is so much to explore within the University and the city of Ann Arbor, and the mere four to five years to experience it all can come and go in a flash.”

through personal relationships with the council, faculty, and staff. We are always on the lookout for interesting stories, complete with the unique twists and turns that make for an interesting road. Do you know someone who fits this description? Please let us know. Visit for details.

From Thesis to Publication and Beyond: Honors Alumni Bookshelf


[Jacquelyn Turkovich]

As a way to highlight and support our exceptional alumni and some of their many accomplishments, the Honors Program has started an Alumni Bookshelf. The project began a few years ago with Honors Alumna, Anna Mickols (BA with High Distinction, Honors Anthropology, 2011) researching alumni and organizing the first large acquisition. Within the past year, Jacquelyn Turkovich (Honors Academic Auditor) has assumed the research and acquisition responsibilities. This past winter, the Program was able to purchase beautiful shelves to house the books, which are now on display in the center of the office. In August 2013, we purchased 14 more books and are aware of a few more that are due to be published in 2014. Are you published? If so, please let us know! We would love to include your book on the Honors Alumni Bookshelf. Please contact Jacquelyn Turkovich at with your publication information.

Recent students share game-changing Honors services and experiences. [Compiled by Sean Marinelli, HRA]

With every graduating class, Honors staff and faculty hear

I consider myself extremely fortunate

ed I did not want to attend medical

to have had the unusual experience

school. At a loss for what I should do

of being both a student and an em-


instead, I talked to Honors advisors

ployee of the Honors Program, and I

highlight the features the

and other Honors students. I was

feel doubly grateful for my experienc-

constantly in awe of the impres-

es there that led me to law school.

sive people I heard about, and

just once students are profes-

Being a part of the Honors Pro-

realized I was fortunate enough to

gram not only gave me the skills I


have an education that would



program offers, and it’s not launched.


applying for graduate school or

allow me to do amazing things, even outside of medicine.

making early career decisions,

This drove me academically and

Honors students get help from

personally, and I decided that my

Honors advisors to maximize their U-M LSA education. From Rebecca Gleit (Honors BS/

next step in life post-graduation

needed to go to law school, it also taught me to listen to myself in order to figure out what it is I really want to do, rather than follow some kind of pre-determined for-

needed to be a job where I could


work on an issue that was very im-

From the moment that I set foot on

portant to me. This led me to Teach

campus as an Honors student, I

for America. I will be teaching

remember being told just to do what


Math, 2013): “I lived in Honors Hous-


ing as a sophomore, and this year

Wisconsin for at least the next two

the requirements will (for the most

had a profound impact on my Michi-

years and figuring out what my long-

part) take care of themselves.” So I

gan experience. At the time, I wanted

term plans will be. What is most

did that! In LSA, I gravitated toward

to become a pediatrician. I was tak-

crucial is that you feel what you are

ing the science classes necessary to

doing is interesting and important,

do so, but also was interested in

because this will keep you motivat-



I was encouraged by the people I

From Mary L. Shelly Mageski,

met through Honors that it was possi-

(MDDP Music/Theater BTA & LSA

ble, and even potentially beneficial,

Honors BA/Comparative Litera-

to pursue math as my major and still work towards medical school. I felt a lot of support from the Honors Program with regards to my nontraditional trajectory. They took an interest in my interdisciplinary research in math-


At the end of my junior year, I decid-

grade Algebra in Milwaukee,

ture, 2007): “When I graduated from college I wanted to be a clown. I’m not kidding. So when people find out I’m in law school at the University of Michigan, they are usually pretty

ematical biology and supported my

surprised. I didn’t express any inter-

desire to write an Honors thesis, an

est in going to law school when I was

unconventional route towards gradu-

a student. That desire developed

ating with Honors in the math depart-

later, after a few years out in the


working world.

sounds fun. “Do what you love and

classes in the Comparative Literature department, and I also found myself wandering into Theatre classes in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as well. My thesis about clowns and Fellini films blended my theatre interests and my literature interests together, and the experience of doing that research and writing was such a wonderful learning experience for me. I owe much of what I have now to my experiences in the Honors Program, and I will always be grateful for that.”

It is the time of year when we welcome in a new group of Honors students and as in previous years, this group of students is exceptional.

HRAs Earn Hillel Award for Program [Jeri Preston] Some people see a Broadway musical and think entertainment. Honors Resident Advisors saw The Book of Mormon and thought, “Here is a way to create dialog between people on religious diversity, helping us find common ground.” In their pitch to the faculty, HRAs Sydney Behrmann, Bri Kovan, and Rebecca Gleit proposed flanking a trip into Detroit to see the popular Broadway show with two evenings of discussion, supplemented by Mormon religious leaders who could share their perspective on social identity and the portrayal of religious minorities in society. Their goal—to take 100 people cost-free to see the musical, while requiring participation in the sur-

rounding events—involved raising over $4,500 though proposals to the South Quad Hall Council, Multicultural Council, Arts in Residence, and Hillel. By March 12th, they had 80 reservations (and 100 people for the discussion series)! Busses were booked and arrangements finalized for meetings at the Religious Institute for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and at the Hillel, both on campus, using experiences from the musical to generate lively conversation. Behrmann, one of the organizers, explained, “Another aspect (of our idea) was to get participants to think critically about how art and popular culture portrays

minority groups and how that affects the members of those groups. It was both rewarding and exciting to see the participants’ enthusiasm for our mission.” The event series earned the Hillel’s “Program of the Year” Award at their annual ceremony. Davey Rosen, Assistant Director, praised the HRAs for “bringing together students from the Honors Program, Breaking Barriers—a Hillel student group, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and U-M Program on Intergroup Relations, to meet and have a dialog about their identities.”

Honors Research & Travel Grants Last year the Honors Program distributed $44,392 to 37 different Honors students to support their research costs, conference attendance, international travel, and other academic enrichment opportunities. These research and travel grants were made possible through the generosity of many gifts from our donors, both large and small. There are not many other places on campus where undergraduates can find this level of funding support for their projects. It is truly one of the great benefits of being in the Honors Program. We would especially like to celebrate the following recipients and donors.

Wang-Gerber Honors Scholarship for Study Abroad. Donated by Julia Wang and Peter Gerber.

Student Global Experience Fund and Kennedy Research Awards. Donated by John P. Kennedy.

Dominic Spadacene, Tricia Dubbs, Edna Chiang, Nicole Corrigan, Darci CurwenGarber, and Allison Epstein

Douglas Manigault, Noel Gordon, Mackenzie MacDonaldWilkins, and Michael Perles (SGF); Wesley Schwartz and Samantha Patterson (KRA)

Braunstein Honors Fund. Donated by Samara H. Braunstein.

Hellmann Family Endowment. Donated by Joan Hellmann.

Madeline Dunn, Peter Felsman, Cosette Kathawa, Elizabeth Keenan, Jordan Kifer, Becky Lau, Stephanie Olson, and Amanda Bromilow

Kaitlin Ma, Katie Poggensee, Gayathri Vadlamudi, and Alyssia Maluda

We have an incoming class of 496 students joining us in Honors this year and are eager to share the class profile with you. As in previous years, there are more women (60%) than men in this class and 57% of this year’s class are residents of the state of Michigan, which is an increase from last year’s 55% in-state percentage. Among out-of-state students, 30 (6%) are international students. The class median ACT range is 32-34 and for the SAT, the median range is 1400-1490. As we all know, however, test scores and grades are only part of what goes into our admissions decisionmaking. That’s why we require all students who apply to the Program to write an additional essay as part of their application to Honors. The Honors essay is an invaluable part of our holistic evaluation methodology. It’s a time- and labor-intensive process, but each year, we are rewarded through our interactions with such an amazing group of young people. A final fun detail: this class, if graduating in four years, will enjoy a U-M Bicentennial Graduation ceremony in 2017.

Students heading to the Kick Off lunch on Palmer Field. Photo: J. Turkovich


REFLECTIONS ON A FACULTY MEMBER We share with you this tribute sent in memory of Dr. Sally Allen. These sentiments reflect the experiences of many alumni: “...I was a student in the honors program in the 1970s, and my thesis advisor, Dr. Sally Allen recently died. She was what every undergraduate needs (and wants) - a professor with passion for teaching, passion for her students, and the right balance of carrot and stick to help a student keep striving. I know that I speak for many students when I say that we felt so lucky to have had the chance to be one of her students. She taught us genetics, and she taught us how to think critically and to develop a love of science.“ Andrew Leavitt (Honors Zoology, 1979)

Honors Graduates for Winter 2013 Here are statistics from the W13 graduating class: 318|10.7% of the entire LSA graduating class Top Ten Majors: 10) Biochemistry (10) 9) Anthropology (11) 8) Neuroscience (14) 7) Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience (15) 6) Cellular & Molecular Biology (16) 5) Political Science (17) 4) History (19) 3) Mathematics (22) 2) English (25) 1) Psychology (39) Other interesting stats: 5 perfect (4.0) GPAs! Average GPA 3.747 (Distinction range) 90 grads earned degrees with Distinction, 76 High Distinction, 36 Highest Distinction 42.7% of our graduates double -majored 36.7% of our graduates had at least one minor [Compiled by Jacquelyn Turkovich]



Honors continues to celebrate its donors—both friends and alumni. The awards, prizes, programs, and services we offer are directly attributable to you. We thank you sincerely. Veneeta Acson, Keith D. Agism, Swati Agrawal, Justin A. Amash, Paul J. Anderer, Mark A. Anderson, William C. Anning, Kurt F. Anschuetz, Yvonne Asamoah, Jessica Baker, Sudhir B. Baliga, Dorothy E. Bambach, Terry A. Barnes, Michael H. Baron, Miriam E. Bar-on, Janis L. Barquist, John C. Barron, Robert Bartels, Daniel D. Bartfeld, Richard K. Bauman, Richard Beaubien, John F. Bednarski, Sanford A. Bell, Richard M. Bendix, Jr. , Guy M. Benian, Darlene Berkovitz and Robert Zinn, Susan G. Berkowitz, Daniel Berland, Joan Berry, Douglas R. Bertz, Shyam Bhakta, David L. Birch, Andrew W. Blass, Jeffrey A. Block, Joseph and Ilene Block, Fred and Cynthia Bodker, Patricia S. Bodnar, Louis A. Bodnar, Fred L. Bookstein, Paul and Gail Bouton, Hannah Bozian, Willard L. Boyd, Larry Bram, Samara H. Braunstein, Mary F. Brink, Willa Cohen Bruckner, Bruce S. Brumberg, Timothy J. Buchowski, Susan K. Burden, Peter Burian, Virginia O. Bush, David and Linda Calzone, Richard L. Carter, Diana D. Chapin, Paul N. Chardoul, Stuart M. Chemtob, Shawn J. Chen, Susan and Jerome Ciullo, Deborah L. Clarke, Amy E. Cohn, Lynn A. Cooper, Barbara M. Cornblath, Barbara L. Cullen, Paul K. Davis, Sandra H. Davis, Richard Day, Mark and Paula DeBofsky, Peter W. Deutsch, Steven and Lisa Diamond, Michael J. Diamond, Robert and Cynthia Domine, James B. Doshi, Ronald Dubowy, Eve D. Eden, Stephen A. Edwards, Joseph Ellner, Ruth F. Engel, Jeffrey S. Englander, Richard Feferman, John E. Feighan, Mark I. Feng, Jonathan P. Ferrando, Lawrence J. Field, Robert S. Fink, Courtney A. Finlayson, Sara J. Fitzgerald, Mary B. Foster, Bryant M. Frank, Charles Frederick, Stanley Freeman and Cecilia Parajon, Daniel A. Friedlander, Martin Friedman - Sarah Allen Charitable Gift Fund, Darcy R. Fryer, Thomas J. Gallagher, Thomas D. Gamble, Betsy A. Gard, John Garr, David A. Gass, Andrew M. Gaudin, David M. and Tanner O. Gay, Alison F. Geballe, Elizabeth Runyan Geise, Michael J. Gelfand, Peter J. Gilbert, Grant P. Gilezan, Brian Gill, Marilyn E. Glazer, Joyce Gleason, Miriam J. Golbert, Larry M. Goldin, Barry L. Goldin, Richard J. Goldsmith, Mark S. Goldsmith, Ellen W. Goldstein,

Paul W. Goldstein, Marcia E. Goodman, Bonnie S. Gottlieb, David Greenblatt, James W. Greene, Bruce M. Greenwald, Maureen L. Greenwood, Donna C. Gregg, Cheryl P. Grood, Andrew M. Grove, Hamzavi Foundation, Robin L. Harrison, Curt H. Hartog, Robert J. Havlik, Tom Hawkins Charitable Foundation, Joan Hellmann, Alan Hergott, Michael S. Herman, Herman Family Foundation, Stephen M. Heyman and Susan H. Steinman, Kurt M. Heyman, Fredrik T. Hiebert, Robert J. Hill, Albert A. Holman III, Steve Holman, Jacqueline N. Horn, Steven M. Horwitz, Liane Houghtalin, Kate F. Hutchens, Mori H. Insinger, William A. Irwin, Pamela S. Jacobson, Christopher J. Jaksa, Jennifer C. Jaruzelski, John K. Lawrence, Deborah Jones, June M. Everett, Nicholas J. Kabcenell, Emily B. Kalanithi, Mary Ellen Kane, Frank R. Kane, Randle J. Kashuba, Kathleen H. Keeler, John P. Kennedy, Peter J. Kenny, Hon. Judith G. Kleinberg, Jon Henry Kouba, Mark L. Kowalsky, Jill E. Kraus, Kevan and Barbara Kreitman, Ronald J. Krone, Jonathan L. Kuhn, Frederick Kuhn, Thaddeus W. Kurczynski, Richard M. Kussman, Benjamin Z. Landman, Lawrence R. Landman, David J. Lane, Gordon L. Lang, Warren C. Laski, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Gail Lauzzana, Jerold D. Lax, William N. Layher, Andrew D. Leavitt, Steven Leber, Randall D. Lehner, Sander Lehrer, Arthur N. Lerner, Howard A. Lerner, Stuart J. Levin, David L. Levine, Linda Kohn Levy, John A. Libbe, Diane L. Liberman, Gail H. Lift, Susan E. Light Carroll, James M. Lindsay, Richard M. Longnecker, Marilyn Mann, Susan Louise Mann, Jay Margulies, James R. Marsh, Elizabeth Martin, James E. Martin, Marjorie M. Mastie, Belinda Mathie, George M. McCabe, Christopher J. McCleary, Christopher J. McCleary, Thomas A. McClish, Klint J. McKay, David Mead, James Menders, Adam J. Mesh, Sandra G. Miller, Ross Miller, Simon and Sandra Miller, Theodore N. Miller, Susan L. Million, Martha L. Minow, Kathryn G. Moberg, Francisco R. Montero, Katherine M. Moore Hiebert, Joel G. Moranz, Natalie C. Morath, Brenda L. Moskovitz, Richard E. Moulton, Robert D. Nachman, Chris M. Nicholson, Hartley Nisenbaum, Richardson and Nan Noback, Nedra Noordhorn, Richard N. Ostling, Alison Overseth, Larry H. Pachter, Erin P. Peart, Mary S. Pedley, Benjamin C. Peng, John A. Pfefferle, Sue N. Pick, Robert Pinkel, Jan Platt and Jeff Ross, Michael R. Pollard, Carrie L. Pryor, Jay M. Ptashek, Linda L. Randell, Robert B. Ransom, Sangita K. Rao, John A. Rapaport, Margo S.

Rebar, Robert W. Rebar, Elaine M. Rice, Michael H. Ries, Steven G. Rivkin, James V. Roelofs, Kenneth H. Rosen, Carolyn H. Rosenberg, Eric J. Rosenbloom, Thomas M. Rosseel, Diana Rothman, Patrick N. Rothwell, Daniel Rubenstein, Jeff and Susan Rubenstein, Kathleen Ryan, Jason Ryu, Brian T. Saam, Scott Sagel, Bernard Salzman, Heather E. Sandlin, David H. Sarne, Randy J. Schafer, Julie Schaffner, Jonathan M. Schmerling, Edward M. Schmidt, Thomas and Maryellen Scott, Suzanne K. Sebert, Raffie Shahrigian, Ann Shapiro, David Shapiro, Ellie B. and David Shappirio, Daniel M. Share, Catherine E. Shavell, Michael D. Sher, Scott Sher, Scott H. Shore, Jasvinder S. Sidhu, Janet L. Silverberg Dale, Lisa Simotas-Schwartz Charitable Fund, David A. Singer, Michael D. Sitrin, Robert A. Sklar, Robert D. Sloan, Jeffrey R. Smith, Debra H. Snider, Paul P. Spaulding, Douglas C. Sprigg, Robert and Sally Springstead, James J. Spurrier, Joseph Starr and Ellen Kauders Starr, Terry S. Stein, Judith Zee Steinberg, Mitchell Stengel, Laura C. Stevenson, Max A. Strasburg, Steven J. Swanson, Duane L. Tarnacki, Jane Thompson Babbitt, Colin A. Underwood, Amy Miyoshi Valent and David Valent, Elizabeth Vallance, Stephen G. Van Meter, Joan M. VanBoven, Bruce S. Vanderporten, Nina E. Vinik, James W. Vollman, Dietmar U. Wagner, Deborah J. Walder, Brita Graham Wall, Spencer W. Waller, Kirsten Walpert, Julia Wang and Peter Gerber, Brady T. West, James M. White, Dr. Timothy E. Wilens, Dr. Carol K. Willen, William Fisher Charitable Fund, John H. Wilson Jr., Joseph H. Wimsatt, Harriet Z. Winkelman, Suzanne G. Wolf, Gregg Wolper, Jocelyn F. Woolworth, Patricia Yeghissian, Jay H. Zimbler, Jeffrey M. Zucker [Compiled by Vicki Davinich]

Featured: Parent’s Weekend 2012. Photo: J Turkovich


Moving on Power Center & Palmer Field [Jeri Preston] F13 Kick Off

welcomed over 400 first-year Honors students, along with faculty, staff, and student discussion leaders. Professor Tim McKay addressed the new students with welcoming remarks in the Power Center. Two professors, Denise Sekaquaptewa, Professor of Psychology, and Stephen Garcia, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies, fol-

lowed with reflections on our Summer Book, Whistling Vivaldi, by Claude Steele. Progressing to Palmer Field, using the walkway over Washtenaw Avenue, students enjoyed a sunny view of a tent for 500. Upon entry, groups gathered for book discussions and a delicious lunch. After an introduction by Honors Peer Mentors, Honors RAs took charge of organizing a cross-

campus photo scavenger hunt that included stops at Hacker Graduate Library, the Diag, the U-M Museum of Natural History and the Law Quad. For the declaration of prize winners, students gathered at the Cube in Regents’ Plaza for ice cream and socializing, before returning to West Quad and surrounding environs. Photos: J Turkovich

Honors Welcomes DeRoy Professor: Jacques Mistral [Donna Wessel Walker]

The Honors Program is happy to welcome French economist Jacques Mistral as the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor in Honors this Fall term. M. Mistral has served as an economist in French government and industry, an economic advisor to the French Prime Minister, and as part of the French diplomatic mission to the United States in the French embassy in Washington, D. C. He has been an active academic, pursuing scholarly research and teaching at such prestigious universities as the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, the École Polytechnique and the École Sciences-Politiques. He is also a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute. His work

in macroeconomics, economic policy and international economics has resulted in many publications and presentations; his reputation is international.

M. Mistral will teach a course for Honors students on “The Political Economy of Europe and the Eurozone” addressing such questions as: How does Europe work? What is its role in world affairs? What is the future of Europe? At its 40-student capacity, this will be an intense, short term course for 6 weeks in October and November. M. Mistral will also, as is usual for DeRoy professors, give a public lecture which will be the focus of our Parents’ Weekend activities.

In 1981, the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professorship in Honors was established to support the University’s Honors Program. The Honors Program selects distinguished visitors, with preference to those outside the academy, for this prestigious position. Past DeRoy Professors have included former British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Gleick, NSA official Clinton Brooks, and singer-songwriter Dick Siegel.

HONORS ALUMNI PRIZE The Honors Alumni Prize for Outstanding Achievement is funded by generous donations from Honors alumni and awarded to an excellent Honors student who in addition to significant academic success, has given sterling service to the Program, the College, and the University. Gabriel Moss (BA with Highest Distinction, High Honors in History, 2012) has been a strong member of the Honors community from the beginning of his first year, and during his years with us he has served in many capacities. Gabe worked in our office throughout his student career and served as a peer advisor for Summer Orientation. He majored in History with an Honors thesis on politicians in the late Roman Republic. He also taught an Honors 135 minicourse on the meaning and making of history. This fall Gabe began a doctoral program in history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Take a look at Gabe’s summer project in the Honors office below.

Featured: Honors Archival photo with former staff advisor Nancy Pietras & student.

EYE ON IT: Honors History Project Anticipating U-M’s bicentennial in 2017, Gabe Moss began this summer sifting through files, papers, and pictures, piecing together the facts and faces that comprise 55 years of Honors. Over the summer, our history took shape in an Evernote website file, a far cry from yesterday’s manila folders, and was preliminarily published as Prezi (an interactive slide show) on our website: Honors Alumni/ History. 3

Kudos to Honors Scholarship Winners (Continued from p7)

[Jeri Preston] It’s a challenge: find a speaker who’s engaging enough to capture the attention of hungry students on topics both relevant to fields of study and current at the university, local and national level, to deliver a juicy bite of information over lunch. The 2012-2013 season of Lunch with Honors (LWH) displays both broad interests and an attention to trending news. Students learn of LWH through our weekly newsletter, This Week in Honors, as speakers come available. Although there’s no denying the attraction of a great lunch catered by local Ann Arbor restaurants, students come for the Honors’ benefit of rigorous examinations of powerful subjects. Here’s a brief list of last year’s LWH experience.

Raymond Strobel from Spring Lake, MI, is a chemistry major studying the oxidation of CarbonHydrogen bonds in Prof. Melanie Sanford’s lab. Ray was also awarded one of the Otto Graf Scholarships for top juniors in the Honors Program this year. In addition to his scientific pursuits, Ray serves as the operations manager for the Men’s Glee Club, one of UM’s oldest institutions celebrating its 152nd anniversary this year, coordinating the group’s trips to China and Cuba. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate school costs for students planning a career in public service who show outstanding potential for leadership in their chosen fields. It consistently ranks among the most selective and prestigious American scholarships. This year we are pleased to have three finalists for the scholarship.

Photo: J Turkovich

Molly Logue, an Ann Arbor native, is majoring in Honors mathematics and plans to pursue a PhD in math education. She is the program manager for U-M’s Math Circle, which offers tutoring and enrichment to math students in Ann Arbor public schools.

This fall, we kicked off with wall-to-wall seating! During the first week of classes, students enjoyed the band Pearl and the Beard (photo: bottom left), brought to us by Alum Jeff May (Fleming Artists). One week later, Alum Ken Buckfire visited with somber words about the restructuing of Detroit’s debt. Stay tuned on the website for more LWH events (


has worked with numerous advocacy groups on campus and in Ann Arbor and plans to pursue a career in child welfare, human development, and public health. Ben has put his senior year on hold to study in Cape Town, South Africa as a Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholar. Tessa Adzemovic , another Ann Arbor native, won a $10,000 grant from Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace, a national organization that funds “immediate initiatives that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world.” Tessa is spending this year working with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC), a group that uses children’s dance programs to bring about reconciliation in post-conflict and post-genocidal regions. Tessa spent the summer working with RDDC in Rwanda and will spend part of this year developing a program in BosniaHerzegovina while applying to medical school for next year. The Honors Program is extremely proud of all our scholarship applicants and winners for their outstanding accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom.

Director Timothy A. McKay Associate Director Donna Wessel Walker Assistant Director Gayle Green Senior Advisor Henry Dyson Academic Advisor John Cantú Office Manager Vicki Davinich Academic Auditor Jacquelyn Turkovich Communications| Student Services Jeri Preston

2013 Awards Ceremony in the Michigan League Hussey Room. Photos: J. Turkovich

WHERE CAN YOU GO WITH AN HONORS RESEARCH GRANT? Advisor Henry Dyson received an email in June from Honors Grant recipient, Mandy Bromilow: “Hi, Henry! I just thought I’d send you a couple of pics from my time in South Africa, so far, to say thanks for all your help! I’m having a great time and I’m getting some data.” Here’s a look at the ‘data’ she mentioned from a shark dive!

Program Assistant Emily Brehob Faculty Advisor Margaret Lourie Honors Preceptors Sarah Biel Mary L. Shelly Mageski Elizabeth Young Contact Information LSA Honors Program 1330 Mason Hall 419 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1027 Phone: 734.764.6274 Email: Web: Regents of the University Mark Bernstein, Farmington Hills Julie Donovan Darlow, Ann Arbor Laurence B. Deitch, Detroit Shauna Ryder Diggs, Grosse Pointe Denise Ilitch, Birmingham Andrea Fischer Newman, Detroit Andrew C. Richmer, Detroit Kathrine E. White, Ann Arbor

Zeinab Khalil, from Toledo, OH, is a double major in International Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is also the president of U-M’s Muslim Student Association. Zeinab plans to pursue a career in foreign diplomacy and academia. Ben Rogers, also a native of Ann Arbor, is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Applied Statistics. Ben


Research Grant: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Study of White Sharks in S Africa

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First Year Book: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do [Gayle Green] Claude Steele has been called “one of the few great social psychologists” and the research that evolved into his book, Whistling Vivaldi, is one of the reasons why that praise rings true. Steele explores research into the phenomenon of stereotype threat—the tendency to expect, perceive, and be influenced by negative stereotypes about one's social category, such as one's age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, profession, nationality, political affiliation, mental health status, and so on. The book allowed our incoming class to delve deeply into this important topic and explore how stereotypes influence our interactions with other people, as well as implications of this for society at large. We were fortunate to bring in two faculty speakers to discuss this book for our Honors Kick-Off event: Professor Denise Sekaquaptewa and Professor Stephen Garcia. They brought wonderfully diverse insights into our reading of this illuminating text. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the book from students and faculty alike, who felt that the book engaged students with important themes that would remain relevant for students as they progress through their lives.

2013 Honors Program Awards

Endings & Beginnings A letter from the Director Greetings from Honors! This summer I had the pleasure of working with our fourth cohort of Honors Summer Fellows, students who spend the summer between their junior and senior years working full time on their senior thesis projects. Our 28 Fellows formed an extremely interdisciplinary group, studying subjects ranging from the surface area of suspended sediment grains in glacial meltwater to the reading habits of farmers during the Scottish enlightenment. I met with this group for a few hours every week to discuss research across the disciplines, meet with groups of faculty members, and learn how to accomplish something truly independent and original. All summer long, the Fellows also meet with incoming students during their orientation, sharing their excitement about their research. They put a friendly face on the thesis process, which to an eighteen-year-old appears awfully daunting.

Thanks to the extraordinary support of our alumni, fundraising for the HSF program has been going well. We are now more than halfway toward our goal of building an endowment for the program.


While summers in Ann Arbor are lovely, early fall has always been our most exciting season. Returning students trickle back to campus, followed by a flood of incoming freshmen, and suddenly we’re off – doing what we were meant to do. This fall seems special and unusually vibrant. Honors housing has moved to West Quad, a temporary shift to accommodate a major renovation of South Quad. We’ve only moved a few hundred yards north, but it feels like we’ve taken the program on the road. Honors Kickoff took over the stage at the Power Center, turned Palmer Field into a tent revival for academic argument over Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi, then released 450 Honors Freshmen on a photo/video scavenger hunt across campus. Harry Potter duels staged in the Law Quad were especially popular. Our first Lunch with Honors this year packed more than 90 students into our office for a rollicking live performance from New York City Trio Pearl and the Beard. This great opening week was capped off with record crowd at Michigan Stadium under the lights watching our football team defeat the Fighting Irish in their last Ann Arbor visit. This fall, we’re turning our attention to our alumni as well. Our Honors Alumni LinkedIn group now has more than 2000 members. This group provides an opportunity for personal and professional connections between alumni new and old. Your careers, as outlined on LinkedIn, provide our current students with a rich array

of example careers, each a demonstrating how a UM student turned their degree into a life. Many thanks to those of you who have already taken the opportunity to share your path; if you haven’t, please consider signing up. This year we’ve begun a series of alumni portraits, released occasionally online through our website and various social media outlets. We’ve also established an alumni bookshelf at the center of the Honors Office which we’re gradually filling with titles written over the years by our graduates. This summer I came to the end of my first five year term as the Director of the Honors Program. I feel unreasonably privileged to have had this opportunity, the highlight both of my intellectual life and my career. I’m happy to say that I have signed on for an additional three year term, and look forward to leading the program through the summer of 2016. Many thanks to all of you for your continued dedication to and support! Cheers! Tim McKay

Featured top: 2013 Graduation & 2013 Firstyear Kick Off. Photos: J Turkovich. Inserts: HSF Talks 2013 (left) & HSF Retreat 2013 (right). Photos: B Moreland.

[Henry Dyson] Through generous donations from our alumni, the Honors Program is able to celebrate the accomplishments of our most outstanding students by offering prizes for excellence in different fields. These awards are presented each year at a special awards ceremony on the Thursday before Commencement. The Virginia Voss Awards were the first awards given to Honors seniors, and in some ways the award has expanded its influence by inspiring the gifts of others so that more students can be recognized for the superb work they do. Virginia Voss graduated from UM in the mid-50s with a major in journalism, and went on to Mademoiselle Magazine where eventually she became the college editor. An accomplished pianist, she was known for her love of writing and of life itself, but she died very prematurely. She is remembered here in the awards. Because Virginia Voss made her name in journalism, we are always thrilled when we have a number of strong candidates in this field, as we did this year. Jennifer Xu, the recipient of this year’s award in journalism, rose to the top of this competitive field through the quality of her writing, the range of her journalism, and the sheer scale of her work. She has more than 100 by-lines to her name at the Michigan Daily, and has served as reviewer, reporter, columnist, and senior editor before working her way up to Editor in Chief of the Michigan Daily Magazine. One of the pieces she submitted for the Voss contest will be published in the Michigan Alumnus in June. Jennifer completed a double major in Honors English and Neuroscience and is attending Michigan Medical School this fall. This year’s winner in the creative writing category were Paula Guro and Caitlin Kiesel. Paula is a dual degree student in both LSA (English: Creative Writing) and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (Music Performance: Trumpet). Like her music, Paula’s stories are a performance: beautifully crafted, carefully poised, they explore relationships with sensitivity and uncover the significance of mundane events and everyday encounters, the surprising, ironic

depths below appearances. Caitlin came to Michigan four years ago knowing she wanted to be a writer, and has stayed on that path throughout her undergraduate career. She explores relationships between people, and also between people and the places they live in and travel to, from the bayous of Louisiana to the coalfields of West Virginia. Caitlin was also a winner of the English Department’s prestigious Hopwood Award. In the category of academic writing, we selected five winners. Celeste Carruth graduated with a dual degree in LSA (Honors Physics) and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (Music Performance: Violin). Her thesis, entitled “Monte Carlo Study of a Level II Trigger Cut for the KOTO Experiment” was a model of lucidity in this complex field. This fall Celeste is starting the PhD program in physics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Julia Field completed an Honors concentration in Anthropology, with a minor in Urban Studies, and thesis entitled “Blight and Redevelopment: Organizations Respond to Detroit’s Deteriorating Landscape.” Julia is now in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps. Meredith Luneack double majored in Political Science and Program in the Environment. She combined perspectives from both fields in her thesis, entitled “The Mountains Die So We May Live: An Analysis of the Nuanced History of Conservation from Multiple Perspectives.” Laura Torp’s thesis for the English Department, entitled “So Strange Things So Probably Told: Epistemic Consequences of Scientific Discourse in Lunar Travel Narratives,” was so good that one of her faculty recommenders repeatedly misspoke by referring to it as her “dissertation.” Laura also completed an academic minor in Biochemistry, but plans to pursue graduate work in English and work in the publishing industry. Mary Walle completed an Honors concentration in History and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Her senior thesis was entitled “The Blood Stops Here: Democratic Citizenship, Faith Communities, and the Question of Human Rights in Detroit's Sanctuary Movement.” A student leader in many social justice groups on campus, Mary is now in New York

working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. John P. Kennedy, an alumnus of the Honors Program, has provided two generous gifts to acknowledge and support excellence in writing and scholarship, each in honor of one of his parents. The Patricia Kennedy Award, named in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s mother, is given with preference for students working in English literature or women's issues. This year the Patricia Kennedy Award was given to Kaitlyn Delbene, a double major in English and Italian who wrote her thesis on the Clerk’s Tale in Caucer’s Canterbury Tales. Kaitlyn found previously unknown or unused sources to describe the social and political role of the Clerk, and so analyze his authority in his narration and to establish that "patient Griselda" actually demonstrates "prudence," one of the seven cardinal virtues associated in Renaissance political writing with princes. The originality of her analysis in this much-discussed area of English literature, as well as her extraordinary use primary source material, earned highest praise from her faculty recommenders. New this year is an award in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s father, Dr. John J. Kennedy, which acknowledges and supports excellence in poetry, creative writing, and scholarship about literature for an outstanding student in the Honors Program. We were delighted to give the inaugural John J. Kennedy Award to Emily Martin, a student whose work exemplifies the spirit of this new prize. Emily double majored in Neuroscience and Honors Spanish. Her thesis, “El Quijote de América: Juan Montalvo y su obra Capítulos que se le olvidaron a Cervantes” is translation and analysis of a 19th century Ecuadoran novel. Her translations of Montalvo’s novel are remarkable. She has captured Montalvo’s voice and rhythms; she has even caught the echoes of Cervantes’ thought and rhythms on which Montalvo’s novel is built. Her translations are so good, so apt, that they spring from the page: witty, elegant, and smart. In addition, of course, to being painstakingly accurate, as is the scholarship on the author and work that introduce her translation.

Honors Prize Recipients for Goldstein, Hayden, Mill, Karle & Nirenberg Since 2002, the Honors Program has given awards to outstanding graduating seniors with generous support from the Goldstein family: Ellen, Joseph, Paul, and Laura. The Goldstein Prizes reward excellence in nine areas: humanities, creative arts, physical sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, social sciences, public policy and service, humanitarianism, and teaching. Each prize is named for distinguished U-M alumni and associates in these areas. The Robert Hayden Prize for Humanities went to Brad Schwartz, a double major in History and Screen Arts & Culture, for his thesis entitled “War of the Worlds Letters: Orson Welles, Fake News, and American Democracy in the Golden Age of Radio.” This August, a short film that Brad wrote premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival; and he has been hired by PBS to co-write an episode for their American Experience series on the War of the Worlds broadcast. The Arthur Miller Prize for Creative Arts went to Joshua Duval in the English Creative Writing Program for the beautiful portfolio of poetry he submitted as his thesis project. This year we have two Jerome and Isabella Karle Prizes in the Physical Sciences because there was simply no way to leave out either of these two remarkable students. Jonathon Hunacek double majored in Computer Science and Physics who has done absolutely amazing work for the BigBOSS project studying the amount of dark matter in the universe. This fall he will be in the PhD program in Astrophysics at Cal Tech. Benjamin Levin, a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics, did equally impressive work in Prof. Neil Marsh’s biochemistry lab. Ben is now in the PhD program in Chemistry at Harvard. The Marshall Nirenberg Prize in Life Sciences went to Rebecca Gleit, studying Mathematical Biology, for her models of neuronal populations in the transition between REM and non-REM sleep. Rebecca is now in Milwaukee with Teach for America.


Photo: C Duncan

[Nate Wood, HRA] In a whirlwind of new classes, friends, discoveries, and achievements, Honors Resident Advisors (HRAs) and residents flew through two fun-filled semesters jam-packed with activities. With a variety of both highattendance and high-impact events, programming for the 2012-2013 school year was a roaring success. Here are some highlights. Professional Sports Outings: In September and February, HRAs transported residents to Detroit for a Tigers and Red Wings game, with support from alumni gifts. For many, especially out-of-state students, this was a formative first experience in Detroit. For others, the trips were an opportunity to extend cherished childhood memories with family into the college experience with friends. We look forward to continuing such extracurricular excursions into the future. University Musical Society (UMS) Performances: Like our residents and Honors Community at large, HRAs are passionate about culture and the arts. One of the best means to investigate these interests on campus is through UMS. Over the past year, Honors subsidized tickets for the timeless Handel’s Messiah, as well as for performances by world-renowned artists Angelique Kidjo, Murray Perahia, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. This year, we look forward to seeing Joshua Bell.


News from the Honors Community Program notes from an HRA

Pre-Professional Series: Honors students are serious about school, career preparation, and planning for the future. For those considering the pursuit of a professional degree or post-graduate education, we strategically designed student panels with questionand-answer sessions, résumé and application workshops, standardized test instruction, and facility tours. Our residents received all the information they were seeking for business, law, public policy, and medical school applications. Student response was overwhelmingly positive. Ann Arbor Culture Events: Through collaboration between the Honors Program and local area businesses — such as Shakolad, the Grand Traverse Pie Company, Planet Rock, and Roos Roast — students journeyed outside campus in Explore Ann Arbor. These educational and experiential events are expanding in 201314 to include Explore Detroit. Musicals and Religious Minorities and the Book of Mormon: Honors students go crazy over musical theater! To quench their thirst, we keep a river of musical events flowing. Last year we took residents to Billy Elliot, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sunday in the Park with George, Little Shop of Horrors, and — as our flagship, end-ofthe-year-event — The Book of Mormon. In what ended up being the most successful Honors event in recent memory, the trip to see this

final musical was paired with a pre- and post-show dialogue in which the performance’s content was discussed in the context of religious minorities. Through partnerships with Michigan Hillel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the event had an astounding 80 student participants and was honored with Michigan Hillel’s prestigious Program of the Year Award. While it’s fun to review highlights, the true pleasure of Honors Housing is its community. With over 75 events last year involving hundreds of residents, Honors Housing is the place to be.

Featured: Honors Ball (top). South Asain Culture Event, Canoe Trip, Honors Ball, On the bus to Billy Elliott @ Wharton Center, S Quad Party, Squady & Residents, (left). Iron Chef Competition (above).

Kudos to Honors Scholarship Winners [Henry Dyson] Following a banner year in 2011-12, Honors students continued to perform very well in national scholarship competitions in 2012-13. For the second year in a row we have both a Marshall Scholar and Churchill Scholar (making three Churchill winners in the last four years), three Goldwater winners, and three Truman finalists. As always the University of Michigan ranked among the national leaders in Fulbright applicants and winners. Honors students were well represented in this year’s Fulbright class of 40 winners. Spencer Smith from Holland, MI leads this year’s all -star cast, becoming the 16th U-M student to win a coveted Marshall Scholarship since its founding in 1953. The Marshall provides full tuition plus a generous living stipend for two years of graduate study in the UK. In recognition of the special historical relationship between the US and UK, as well as in continuing gratitude for the post-war Marshall Plan, the British government funds this scholarship program to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans to study in the UK and to foster an understanding of contemporary Britain in future American leaders. The number of Marshall Scholars varies each year with funding, but no more than 40 are selected annually. Along with the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall is considered the most prestigious award an American undergraduate can win. That Spencer should add this prize to his already distinguished list of accomplishments comes as no surprise. Graduating in 2011 with highest honors in Economics and Mathematical Sciences, Spencer won the Jonathan Ferrando Prize for best undergraduate thesis in the Economics Department. He distinguished himself in an internship at the United States Treasury, developing a website to promote transparency for the TARP program. After graduation Spencer served as a research assistant for William Gale, co-director of the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institute and currently works as a research economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the White House. Spencer

will use his Marshall Scholarship to pursue an MPhil in Economics in Nuffield College at Oxford University. Nicholas Triantafillou will be remembered as one of the Honors Program’s most decorated students. From Saginaw, MI, Nicholas was a highly recruited student in high school, having already won a number of prestigious math prizes and competitions. He chose to come to U-M as a Shipman Scholar over a number of other top universities, including MIT. While at Michigan he won an Evelyn O. Bychinsky and M.S. Keeler Merit Scholarship in the Mathematics Department, the Otto Graf Scholarship in the Honors Program, a Goldwater Scholarship during his sophomore year (a rare distinction), an Astronaut Scholarship, was invited to join Phi Kappa Phi as sophomore and Phi Beta Kappa as junior (another rare distinction). Nicholas also attended prestigious REU programs at Williams College and East Tennessee State University as well as the NSA Director’s Summer Program. His letters of recommendation attest to his distinguished contributions in all of these programs, several of which led to co-authored publications. On top of all this Nicholas distinguished himself as a teacher and citizen of the University, serving as a course assistant in the Math Department, a tutor to high school students through the U -M Math Circle, and an instructor for an Honors 135 mini-course on game theory. To all these accomplishments, this year Nicholas added a Churchill Scholarship. The Churchill Scholarship ranks alongside the Rhodes and Marshall as one of the most prestigious and academically competitive undergraduate awards. Only 14 scholarships are awarded each year to applicants from 103 selected American colleges and universities. The average GPA among this year’s Churchill class was 3.981 and U-M was one of three public universities to have a winner. Nicholas is U-M’s 12th Churchill Scholar since the program began in 1959 at the recommendation of Sir Winston Churchill, who wished that there would always be graduate students from the United States attending the

college that bears his name. (Churchill College is one of the 31 colleges that comprise Cambridge University.) Of Michigan’s 12 Churchill Scholars, five have won since 2005, all but one of them coming from the Math Department, a testimony to the continued excellence of their undergraduate program. Nicholas will follow his predecessors by pursuing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Theoretical Mathematics, the “Tripos” program, at Cambridge. He has already been accepted into a PhD program in Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT when he completes his Churchill year. Michigan always does extremely well in the competition for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Established by Congress in 1986 in honor of the late senator, the Goldwater scholarship is awarded to 300 sophomores and juniors nationwide who plan future research careers in STEM fields. Because each school can only nominate four candidates, the competition to be one of the U-M’s nominees is extremely selective. This year we are pleased to have three Goldwater winners out of four nominees, all from the LSA Honors Program. Elliot Wells, from Loveland, OH, follows a prestigious line of scholarship winners from U-M’s highly ranked undergraduate math program. The Math Department has had a Goldwater winner every year but one since 2002. Elliot has also won the Evelyn O. Bychinsky and M.S. Keeler Merit Scholarships and will apply to PhD programs in mathematics this year. Joshua Kurtz, from Traverse City, MI, is a junior studying biochemistry. In addition to his scientific pursuits, Joshua is involved in a number of campus activities and will serve as the president of Circle K, an international community service organization associated with the Kiwanis Club. Joshua plans to apply to MD-PhD programs and conduct research on obesity. (Continued on p9)

Honors Recipients for Goldstein Prizes: Smale, Sahlins, Ford, Wallenberg, and Fine Charles Stibitz won the Stephen Smale Prize for Mathematical Sciences. Charles emerged from a field of absolutely stellar graduates from the Math Department this year including winners of multiple national scholarships (Goldwater, Astronaut, Churchill); REU, NSA, and NSF fellowships; candidates who are now in PhD programs at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Chicago. Charles himself will join the storied PhD program in Mathematics at Princeton this year. The Marshall Sahlins Prize for Social Sciences was awarded to Austin Kozlowski in Sociology for his research on agroeconomics in Nepal. Austin is continuing his research in Nepal this year with UM’s Institute for Social Research and applying to Sociology PhD programs for next fall. Leah Burgin, an Honors Anthropology major and Museum Studies minor, won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Public Policy for her thesis entitled “Managing Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.” Her thesis reviewed the management plans for underwater heritage sites in Lake Huron, carefully balanced the interests of multiple stakeholders, and offered a model of heritage decision-making strategies. Leah is now enjoying a fellowship with the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont. The Raoul Wallenberg Prize for Humanitarianism went to Savannah Sisk in Sociology. Her thesis, entitled “It Was a Moral Battle in Me,” offered a wonderfully nuanced look that the ways that selfidentified non-disabled persons interact with those who are visibly disabled. Savannah is now pursuing a masters in Occupational Therapy. Nicholas Triantafillou won the Sidney Fine Prize for Teaching for many contributions to the U-M Math Circle (a program that offers enrichment programs to middle and high school math students), his exemplary service as a course assistant in the Mathematics Department, and for the outstanding Honors 135 minicourse on “Game Theory” that he taught for first-year students in the Honors Program. He is featured on this page in the Scholarship article. 7

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