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Three UI seniors share Sanxay Prize for graduate studies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa seniors will share the 1998 Sanxay Prize, awarded each year by the UI Graduate College to a senior student who shows promise of high achievement in graduate studies.

This year's winners, who will each receive a cash stipend to be used for graduate school expenses, are Kimberly A. Montgomery, a physics and mathematics major from Muscatine; Sanjukta Paul, a philosophy major from Omaha, Neb.; and Amy Voelliger, a chemistry major from Ottumwa.

Montgomery has been a presidential scholar, a national merit scholar, Phi Eta Sigma and junior Phi Beta Kappa. She has won major awards for juniors and seniors in physics. For the last two and a half years she has been working on a computational model of the experimental apparatus used in professor Paul Kleiber's atomic physics laboratory. Her extracurricular activities include serving as a volunteer tutor for MESA, meeting once per week with local high school math and science students to tutor them.

Paul is also earning a minor in religion. Since 1996 she has worked as an Undergraduate Scholar Assistant with professor Robert Baird and last fall served as a teaching assistant in Baird's course "Living Religions of the East." She is a national merit scholar, a member of Phi Eta Sigma, and a junior Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She has just learned that she is a winner of the prestigious Mellon Fellowship in humanistic studies. Paul is president of the UI chapter of Amnesty International and has been a tutor for New Dimensions in Learning.

Voelliger has won several major chemistry awards and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. She has worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the laboratories of professors David Wiemer and Lei Geng and served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the organic chemistry lab for majors. She is active in the UI chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the national chemistry fraternity, and has served as a volunteer chemistry tutor, a service organized by the Undergraduate Chemical Society.

The Sanxay Prize, first awarded in 1926, is made possible by the trust fund of Theodore F. Sanxay. The award carries a cash stipend that may be used to pursue graduate work at the UI or any other accredited university in the United States or abroad.

The award winners will be recognized and receive a certificate at the Senior Honors Convocation Sunday, April 26.

4/20/98