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May 1, 2006

2006 University Honors Program Scholarship Winners Announced

The University of Iowa Honors Program honored its scholarship and award winners at its spring Honors Recognition Ceremony April 23.

In attendance were deans and directors from all undergraduate colleges. Honors Program Director John Nelson presided over the ceremony; Christopher Merrill, director of the UI's International Writing Program, provided opening remarks; and Lauren McCarthy spoke on behalf of the students.

The following scholarships and awards were given.

** Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships

Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program.

* Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Awards

Erin Cavanagh, from BETTENDORF, IOWA, is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in finance and political science and minoring in Spanish. She is the academics chair of Delta Zeta Sorority and the vice president of Publicity in Organized Stanley and Currier Associated Residents.

Natalie Ehalt, from ORONO, MINN., is a Presidential Scholar who is double majoring in Spanish and English, and plans to study abroad either in Mexico or Chile during her junior year. Natalie began taking cello lessons this semester and hopes to join a string chamber music group next fall. Natalie plans to apply to the College of Education in order to earn her teaching license for English and Spanish secondary education.

Robert Null, from DUNLAP, ILL., is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in applied physics. He is participating in research in the lab of physics professor John Prineas and has an Iowa Research Experience for Undergraduates grant to continue work this summer. He also volunteers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Amy Rohlfing is a biochemistry major and Presidential Scholar from RIVER FOREST, ILL. She also plans on minoring in German. She is a member of the University of Iowa Sailing Club and Undergraduate Racing Team and a founding member of the German Society; she is also a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Iowa Hapkido Club.

Saida Jaffar Shaikh is from MASON CITY, IOWA. She is a pre-pharmacy major who has participated in the Indian Cultural Association, the Muslim Students Association and the Association of Muslims in America. Additionally, she volunteers at Mercy Hospital.

* Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Awards

Stuart Breczinski, from GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN., is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in music and mechanical engineering. He recently finished a season playing English horn with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. This summer, he will hold an internship with AbelConn, LLC, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Andrew Ketterer, a Presidential Scholar from IOWA CITY, IOWA is majoring in pre-medicine, philosophy and German. In addition to being a Presidential scholar, he enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and plans to spend the 2006-2007 academic year studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany.

Bryan Leppert, from GRIMES, IOWA, is a Dean's Scholar majoring in biology and pre-medicine. He is an active member of the University of Iowa Academic Quiz Club and works as a lab assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Kaitlin Pals, from BELMOND, IOWA, is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in English. She is a staff member for earthwords, the undergraduate literary magazine, and she plans to study abroad in New Zealand next spring.

Sarah Porter, a Presidential Scholar from OMAHA, NEB. is a sophomore who is majoring in political science. She does research with Jennifer Glass of sociology, and is participating in the legislative policy research honors seminar.

** Dewey B. Stuit Scholarships

Established through a bequest of Dewey B. Stuit, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, these scholarships are awarded annually to a first-year student and a sophomore student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of outstanding academic performance.

* First-Year Recipient

Kelly Johnson, from CORALVILLE, IOWA is an international studies major with a pre-medicine interest who is a volunteer researcher in urology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics for Charles Hawtrey. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, an assistant Girl Scout leader and served as vice president for her floor government, part of the Honors Learning Community. Her volunteer activities include serving as a patient guide at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, and as a speech coach for West High School in Iowa City.

* Sophomore Recipient

Jacqueline Leonard, from ST. LOUIS, MO., is majoring in Political Science with honors and is minoring in Spanish and geography, as well as receiving a certificate in International Business. Jacqueline is a member of the University of Iowa Mock Trial team and worked as a conservation volunteer this past summer in Queensland, Australia.

** Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships

* Liberal Arts and Sciences

Manish Aggarwal is a sophomore from MARION, IOWA and is majoring in exercise science with a pre-medicine interest and minors in chemistry and psychology. He is a Presidential Scholar and the vice president of the Indian Cultural Association and currently is involved with research with Professor Glenn Williams in the Sports Medicine and Biomechanics Research Lab. In fall 2006 he will be studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia.

Anastasia Bassis, from NEWTON, IOWA, is majoring in microbiology with a pre-medicine interest and a Spanish minor. A Presidential Scholar and NAASE student, she plans to graduate with honors. During summer 2005 she studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain. She is conducting virology research in the lab of Mark Stinski.

Amy Domeyer is a Presidential Scholar from DUBUQUE, IOWA. She is majoring in English with a pre-medicine focus and a Spanish minor. She is involved in Dance Marathon and volunteering at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and will be studying abroad this summer in Spain.

Jennifer Heacock, from DYERSVILLE, IOWA, is triple majoring in biochemistry, Spanish and music, and minoring in chemistry, with a pre-dentistry interest. She is involved in the University Symphony Bands and Orchestras and the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. She plans to pursue an honors thesis in Spanish after studying abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay in spring 2007.

John Heineman, from GRINNELL, IOWA, is majoring in biology and political science. He is currently working on his biology honors thesis in the lab of neuroscience professor Jack Lilien. He studied abroad at Oxford University (Magdalen College) in the fall of 2005, and will intern in the Washington D.C. Office of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley this summer.

David Hennessy, from MARION, IOWA, is majoring in exercise science, with minors in French language and chemistry. He is participating in research with Daniel Berg in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is also a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee (a university Charter committee).

Evan Herrnstadt is from AMES, IOWA and has presented his work at a national political science conference. He is a junior majoring in political science and economics and plans to write an honors thesis on the links between poverty and the environment.

Leslie Koppenhaver is a junior English and theater double major from AMES, IOWA.

A Dean's Scholar, Leslie has participated in the Undergrad Ten-minute Play Festival as a playwright and actor, and acted in the New Play Festival. Next year she plans to complete an acting honors thesis for her major in theater.

Craig Kilburg is a junior from DUBUQUE, IOWA. He is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in microbiology, biochemistry and psychology. He's the primary author of a paper that was recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and he is involved in molecular neurosurgery research in Timothy Ryken's laboratory in the UI Department of Neurosurgery.

Seo-Young Lee, from SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, is a Presidential Scholar and NAASE student who is majoring in history and in classical languages with a minor in Women's Studies and a certificate in medieval studies. She is a research assistant for professor Katherine Tachau and is a co-founder of the Society of Undergraduate Mediaevalists.

Doug Long, from CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. In his time here, as a co-founder of the UI Coalition for Investment Reform, he has worked with the administration to create an ethical investment policy for the university's endowment funds. In the fall, he will continue to assist Professor Grazyna Kochanska in her developmental psychology research, which explores the emergence of conscience.

Kristin Musser is a junior Presidential Scholar from RIVERSIDE, IOWA who is majoring in speech and hearing science with a certificate in American Sign Language and deaf studies. This year she received financial support from the Dewey Stuit Fund for her research with Sandie Bass-Ringdahl in studying the social skills of children with cochlear implants.

Thomas Niblock, a junior from NEVADA, IOWA, is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Department of State who is majoring in economics and religious studies. He has also done award-winning research with economics Professor Beth Ingram on the effect of AIDS in Africa on labor productivity and income levels.

Christa Palmer is studying abroad in FREIBURG, GERMANY where, she reports, she is spreading warm Iowa kindness all across Europe. She's from Des Moines, majoring in psychology and minoring in statistics and German. She has been a psychology research assistant for Irwin Levin since spring 2005.

Lydia Pfaff, from DUBUQUE, IOWA, is majoring in political science and history and minoring in music and math. She is a columnist for the Daily Iowan, an undergrad teaching assistant for the Iowa/Link program, has done research with Kelly Kadera of political science and plans to participate in the Democracy and World Politics summer research program at Indiana State this summer.

Lisa Raffensperger, from ST. JOSEPH, MO., is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in English and biology and is currently doing genetics research in the lab of Dr. Jeff Murray in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a resident assistant in Hillcrest and part of the staff of The 10,000 Hours Show.

Brett Roberts, from CARROLL, IOWA, is majoring in both political science and journalism and is a Writing Fellow. He is also a member of the Iowa Civic Analysis Network, which is a student organization within the Department of Political Science that conducts public policy research for Iowa lawmakers. He found out a few weeks ago that he will be interning this summer with "Meet the Press" (an NBC news show) in Washington D.C.

Lisa Roberts, from AINSWORTH, IOWA, is majoring in exercise science and history with a minor in chemistry. She is participating in research in two labs on campus, one in the Biology Department, and the other in pediatrics. She spent last summer studying abroad in London, and plans to return to Europe for another semester of study.

Evan Sengbusch is from AMES, IOWA and is majoring in physics and mathematics. Evan has conducted research in theoretical nuclear physics with Wayne Polyzou, and he first-authored a paper published in a major physics journal. Currently, he is working in the Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center with Richard Hichwa and this summer will be researching heat transfer in superconducting magnets at CERN in Switzerland.

** (RHODES DUNLAP/PHI ETA SIGMA AWARD) A Rhodes Dunlap award for a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and sponsored by that group.

Barrett Anderson, a sophomore from CLIVE, IOWA, is a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in economics and political science with a minor in history. He is the president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and a varsity member of the mock trial team that placed fourth at nationals this year.

* Business

Aruna Mittal, from CORALVILLE, IOWA is majoring in accounting and finance and is minoring in psychology. Aruna's main interests are in volunteering abroad. She has served for years as an accountant for a charitable foundation in India. After college, Aruna would like to volunteer full-time with this organization in order to help poor individuals.

Chuck Mersch, from CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, is majoring in management information systems with a minor in computer science. He will be doing an internship with Ernst & Young this summer and will be writing his honors thesis this fall.

* Education

Michelle Colton, from MARION, IOWA, is majoring in music education, in which she plans to graduate with honors after completing research project conducted with Daniel Moore on percussion teaching styles in various parts of the world. She has volunteered extensively with bands in the community and is a proficient percussionist and pianist.

Nicole Guarino Nicole Guarino, a junior and Presidential Scholar from MOUNT PROSPECT, ILL., is planning to graduate next spring with degrees in English and mathematics and a secondary teaching certificate in mathematics. She is a participant in the Honors Opportunity Program and will graduate with honors after conducting a mathematics education research project in the fall. Working as the Academic Event Coordinator for the Honors Learning Community through the University Honors Program and as a Family Representative committee member for Dance Marathon keeps her busy in her free time.

* Engineering

James Ankrum is originally from ELDORA, IOWA, and is majoring in biomedical engineering. James is a Goldwater scholar, is an RA and is president elect of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Research he performed with Professor David Wilder will be presented this summer at the 1st American Conference on Human Vibration in Morgantown, W.Va.

Andrej Lenert, from Ottawa, ONTARIO, CANADA, is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. He is an All Big Ten swimmer for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and does research on avionics with Professor Tom Schnell.

* Nursing

Ashley Carlson, a sophomore from CLIVE, IOWA, is majoring in nursing and is pursuing her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree and plans to graduate with Honors in May 2008. This summer Ashley will be interning with an OB/GYN nurse practitioner in West Des Moines.

Danica Roach is from DAVENPORT. Danica transferred to the UI from Eastern Iowa Community College. She is interested in geriatrics and has also taken several classes in music.

** James D. Robertson Scholarship

Established through a bequest of James D. Robertson, a University of Iowa graduate and a lifetime Honorary Director of the University of Iowa Foundation, this scholarship is awarded annually to a junior in the social sciences who graduated from an Iowa high school and has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and promise.

Ryan Gourley, a junior Presidential Scholar from JOHNSTON, IOWA, is majoring in psychology and communication studies, and minoring in theater arts. He is currently participating in clinical and personality psychology research with Professor David Watson, and upon graduation plans to attend graduate school in psychology.

** Collegiate Scholar Awards

The collegiate scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university.

* Liberal Arts and Science

Kelly Ruth Anderson, from BUFFALO CENTER, IOWA, is majoring in English and journalism and mass communication. A campus tour guide and Writing Fellow, she has completed honors projects in both of her majors: for journalism, the website for earthwords, the undergraduate review, and for English, a memoir titled "Small Worlds," which uses 16 brief sections to explore the tensions of growing up in small-town Iowa.

Sarah Benson, from AMES, IOWA, is earning her bachelor of science degree in psychology. She is the  current UI chapter president of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Her honors thesis examines predictors of and interrelations between parent and child behaviors during conversations about the children's recent misbehaviors, in a morality context.

Laura Britigan, a Presidential Scholar from IOWA CITY, IOWA, is a double major in biology and international studies, with a minor in Spanish. Her biology honors thesis explores bryophyte diversity on algific talus slopes in Bluebell Hollow Preserve, Clayton County, Iowa. This fall Laura will begin a master of arts in teaching degree in secondary science education at the University of Iowa.

Stephen Gliske, from in NEPHI, UTAH, is a double major in physics and applied mathematics, with a music minor. He participated in quantum and mathematical physics research, including publication in professional journals and presentations at several conferences. This summer, Stephen will be working at the DESY particle accelerator in Hamburg, Germany, and will be starting a Ph.D. program in particle physics at the University of Michigan this fall. He has a wife and 10-month-old daughter.

Diana Grisanti, from LOUISVILLE, KY., is a Presidential Scholar who majored in theater arts with a minor in Spanish. During her time at Iowa, Diana essentially lived at the theater building, having done playwriting, dramaturgy, acting and student outreach. For her honors thesis, she will present a staged reading of her full-length play, HUNGER, about the United States, Mexico and the border separating the two. After graduating, she will be doing a literary management/dramaturgy internship at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Ethan Grundberg, from WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, graduated in December 2005 with honors in history, with another major in international studies, and a minor in political science. His honors thesis is titled "Confronting the Perils of Globalization: Nicaraguan Banana Workers' Struggle for Justice." While at Iowa, Ethan did research with Michel Gobat. Since graduating, Ethan has returned to Nicaragua to volunteer as an English teacher in a small, rural community, where he is also working on sustainable agriculture projects.

Michael Iverson, a Presidential Scholar from CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, is earning a BSE in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in Spanish. He is currently conducting research on the acquisition of Portuguese as a second language in adult English and Spanish speakers. He was recently awarded a Presidential Graduate Fellowship at the University of Iowa and will begin his studies in Hispanic linguistics this fall, focusing on syntax and language acquisition.

Andrew Norbert Laczniak, a Dean's Scholar from AMES, IOWA, will be graduating with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. Andy currently works in the laboratory of Marc Wold, and also volunteers in the ER at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. The title of his honors thesis is: "Examining the functional domains of Replication Protein A using monoclonal antibodies."

Lauren F. McCarthy majored in political science with an emphasis in international relations, and in international studies with emphases in Latin American studies and development, and minored in Spanish. She is a Presidential Scholar from URBANDALE, IOWA.

Risa Ohkawa, from TOKYO, JAPAN, is a double major in psychology and economics, minoring in theater. Her psychology honors thesis examines individuals' behavior toward people who belong to different social groups in monetary allocation. Her economics honors thesis investigates economic consequences of cultural diversity and integration in the U.S. metropolitan cities.

Quentin Oliver is a former software engineer and rock musician who is pursing a bachelor of music degree in viola performance. His honors in music coursework includes a research project on the structural elements of heavy metal as well as additional study in 20th century viola performance practice and music theory software design. His compositions have been premiered by the Composers' Workshop of Iowa and by University of Iowa faculty. This fall, Quentin enrolls in the master of music program at Colorado State University in FORT COLLINS, COLO.

Allison Page, from IOWA CITY, IOWA, is double majoring in music with a piano emphasis and in French and minoring in women's studies. She graduates with honors in music, having given an honors recital and completed a paper which examined literary connections to Liszt's "Dante" sonata. Allison's extracurricular activities include community activism volunteering and performing with her band, the Lucky International. Allison was a finalist this year for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Steve Purtle, a Dean's Scholar from DES MOINES, IOWA, will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. During his junior and senior years, he served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for organic chemistry laboratory. After graduation, Steve will begin medical studies at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Emma Rainey, from FAIRFIELD, IOWA, is graduating with honors in English. Emma had a long career as a dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher before coming to Iowa City. Next year, she will begin an MFA in nonfiction writing at The University of Iowa.

Megan Roy, a native of IOWA CITY, IOWA, is graduating with honors in history. Her thesis examines the social and political impact of a modern public housing complex on Belfast, Northern Ireland's Nationalist Falls Road community. Megan spent time doing research in Belfast over the summer, and also attended the G8 Summit in Scotland through her volunteer work with ONE, the Campaign to Make Poverty History. In addition, she has spent this past year doing research on colonial Virginia mansions, and will be applying to graduate programs in architecture in the fall.

Karla Saur, from OELWEIN, IOWA, is a double major in computer science and mathematics. Her computer science honors project involves enabling Bluetooth communications between sensor motes and cell phones. Karla was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service and will use this scholarship in the fall to attend Johns Hopkins University in the Security Informatics master's program.

Lindsey Schneider is from DUBUQUE, IOWA, is earning a bachelor of science degree in economics and a bachelor of arts degree in English, with a minor in psychology. She is completing an honors thesis in economics titled "An Experimental Approach to the Independence Axiom." She has spent much of her time at Iowa sailing and intercollegiate racing, serving as commodore and executive advisor of the Iowa Sailing Club. Lindsey also volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Carrie Schuettpelz, from CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, is majoring in anthropology and political science who wrote an honors thesis entitled "Balancing Dreams and Realities: Romanian Gymnastics and National Identity." She served for two years as an editorial intern for American Ethnologist Journal of Anthropology and is a finalist for the Fulbright, to Denmark. If she doesn't get the Fulbright, she will go to Indiana University to pursue a joint master's degree in East European Studies and International Policy Analysis.

Evonne Smith, originally from MILES, IOWA, is a Presidential Scholar earning a Bachelor of science degree in psychology. Her honors thesis examines the role of individual differences in attachment styles in directing attention to emotional stimuli, such as faces expressing emotion, through the use of neuropsychological measures. This fall she will begin graduate studies in the clinical psychology PhD program in Biola University's Rosemead School of Psychology.

Andrew Thomas, a Presidential Scholar from DES MOINES, IOWA, is graduating with honors in economics and with honors in political science and has a third major, history. This year he served as the chief of staff for the University of Iowa Student Government, as president of the mock trial team that placed fourth in nationals, and as the president of the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. He is a winner of the 2006 Hancher/Finkbine Medallion.

* Business

Michael Denklau, from BLUE GRASS, IOWA, is completing a BBA in finance and a bachelor of science degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations. His honors thesis examines the influence of political advertisements on the outcome of the presidential race. Michael is also the President of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity and has been Treasurer of Golden Key International Honors Society. He spent last spring studying at Bogazici University In Istanbul, Turkey, and is planning to backpack in Europe after graduation. In July Michael begins work as an investment banking analyst for Lehman Brothers in New York City.

Jonathan Landon, from PELLA, IOWA, is a double major in economics and philosophy, and is also pursuing the PEOPLE certificate. He is a member of the University of Iowa men's swimming team. His economics honors thesis studies the economic impact of education as it relates to human capital. In May, Jonathan will begin working full time at AEGON as an actuarial tech.

Lindsey Reighard, a Presidential Scholar from MARION, IOWA, is earning a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing. As an undergraduate, she worked on several research articles in the area of sexual harassment and presented that work at the Research in the Capitol event sponsored by the Honors Program. Lindsey will begin law school this fall at the University of Iowa.

Jason Van Zant is from BURLINGTON, IOWA. A Hawkinson student in the College of Business, he is majoring in finance.

* Education

Jessica Rae Heffernen, a Presidential Scholar from ALTOONA, IOWA, is earning a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and psychology with minors in American history and religious studies as well as an endorsement in talented and gifted education. At the UI, she was involved as a Top Scholar Volunteer for the admissions program, meeting with prospective students and their parents and volunteering as a panelist for large visit days. She will be graduating with high distinction and honors after completing her thesis on the factors administrators look for when hiring new teachers. In August, after spending one last summer in Iowa City coaching gymnastics, she will begin working as the talented and gifted teacher and coordinator for Norwalk Middle and High Schools.

John Krickl is majoring in mathematics and secondary education. He is from DES PLAINES, ILL. After graduation, he plans to teach high school mathematics.

* Engineering

Originally from IOWA CITY, IOWA, Matt Brown will be graduating this May with a degree in industrial engineering and a minor in business. For the past three years, Matt has been involved with human factors research involving driver distraction under the guidance of John D. Lee. His senior honors thesis is on the subject of a driver's glance behavior for interacting with an in-vehicle task. Next year, Matt will continue his education at the University of Iowa's College of Law, where he will study patent law.

Tyler Huebner is from GRINNELL, IOWA, and is graduating with honors in electrical engineering and a minor in business administration. He wrote an honors thesis on the feasibility and future of solar vehicles. One of his extracurricular activities was leading a project to renovate a city bus into a functional medical clinic that provides medical care to underserved people in eastern Iowa. Next year, Tyler will attend Stanford to study in the Atmosphere/Energy Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Alexandra Olson, from WATERLOO, IOWA, is graduating with honors in chemical and biochemical engineering. She is a Presidential Scholar and a winner last year of the Goldwater Scholarship. Among her extracurricular activities, Olson has been involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Fraternity and STAT Ambassadors. She has been doing research for two years with Allan Guymon. The title of her honors thesis is "Surfactant Screening for Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Systems with Thiolene monomers." Next year Olson will attend law school at the University of Iowa.

Adam Weiderholt, from ANKENY, IOWA, is graduating with honors in electrical engineering and did research with John Prineas of physics analyzing reflection high energy electron diffraction patterns during molecular beam epitaxy growth. Adam plans to attend law school at the University of Iowa to study patent law.

* Nursing

Brianne Bildstein, from DUBUQUE, IOWA, is interested in the areas of pediatrics and public health with a research interest in Type I diabetes. For her honors independent study in the College of Nursing, Brianne researched gluten intolerance. Brianne is graduating with highest distinction.

Amber Dehoff from WORTHINGTON, IOWA, participated in marching band and symphony concert for several years. She intends to work in the mother/baby area of nursing practice after graduation, and intends to pursue graduate studies in the future. Amber is graduating with highest distinction.

** Susan B. Hancher Award

The Susan B. Hancher Award is given to the senior woman who best exemplifies Mrs. Hancher's qualities of leadership, motivation, concern and dedication in her contributions to university and community life.

Lauren McCarthy, a Presidential Scholar from DES MOINES, IOWA, majored in political science and in international studies and minored in Spanish. This year she served the University of Iowa as the vice president of the Student Government. She has also served as the executive director of the Bijou Theater, as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Committee and as an Orientation advisor. In addition, she studied abroad for a semester in Valparaiso, Chile. Lauren's honors thesis in political science is on the effect of regime type on the use of economic sanctions. Her honors thesis in international studies is on Doris Tijerino, a guerrilla leader of the Sandinista Revolution and later chief of police in the Sandinista government. Next year she will study Latin American Studies at Cambridge University in England. Recently, Lauren was honored with a 2006 Hancher/Finkbine Medallion.

** Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize

The Callen Prize is awarded to outstanding University of Iowa Liberal Arts and Sciences seniors who will attend graduate school in the next academic year.

Karla Saur, from OELWEIN, IOWA, is a double major in computer science and mathematics. Her computer science honors project involves enabling Bluetooth communications between sensor motes and cell phones. Karla played the trumpet for four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band, is the vice president of Women in Computer Science and was a computer recycling volunteer for Widernet. Karla was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service and will use this scholarship in the fall to attend Johns Hopkins University in the Security Informatics master's program.

** Sanxay Prize

The Sanxay Prize is awarded to University of Iowa Liberal Arts and Sciences seniors who show the highest promise of achievement in graduate work.

Evonne Smith, originally from MILES, IOWA, is a Presidential Scholar earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Her psychology honors thesis examines the role of individual differences in attachment styles in directing attention to emotional stimuli, such as faces expressing emotion, through the use of neuropsychological measures. In addition to research, Evonne has been involved in various activities at the University of Iowa including, serving as president of Psi Chi (the psychology honor society) and Iowa Student Psychology Associate, serving as volunteer coordinator of Phi Eta Sigma, participating in Dance Marathon as a family representative, being involved with Campus Bible Fellowship and 24-7, and volunteering at Mercy Hospital. Evonne will pursue graduate studies in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in Biola University's Rosemead School of Psychology.

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