Augsburg students earned a range of prestigious accolades during spring semester. Some of the awards include the following:
- FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS: Kayla Johnson ’13 and Emily Jensen ’08 were awarded English teaching assistantships. Johnson, who graduated with degrees in biology and mathematics, will teach in Taiwan. She plans to attend medical school in the future. Jensen, who earned her bachelor’s in international relations and peace and global studies, will teach in the Czech Republic. Jensen has worked in the Minnesota State Senate and House of Representatives, most recently as a research director. She hopes to pursue a master’s in social work and public policy following her year as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2010-11, Augsburg was recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Four Auggies received Gilman International Scholarships from the U.S. State Department to study overseas this summer and fall. Celia Hernandez Payan ’13 traveled this summer to Amman, Jordan, while Mariam Ali ’15, Darius Sean Gray ’14, and Magaly Ortiz ’13 will study abroad this coming fall. Thirty Auggies have been awarded this prestigious scholarship since fall 2008.
- GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP: Allison Zank ’14, who is studying chemistry, received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. This $7,500 award is given to students from throughout the United States who excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines and who plan to work in a STEM field upon graduation. Zank is Augsburg’s first female Goldwater Scholar and one of only eight students in Minnesota to receive the award. Augsburg’s Ashley Waters ’14 was recognized for her outstanding scholarship when she was named one of seven Minnesotans to receive an Honorable Mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition.
- KEMPER SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Keisha Barnard ’16, who is studying sociology and international relations, was named the College’s third Kemper Scholar. Students in the prestigious Kemper program receive academic scholarships and stipends to cover the costs of two summer internships in major nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Augsburg is one of only 16 U.S. liberal arts colleges with the Kemper Scholars Program distinction.
- NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: Joe Buchman ’13, who graduated with majors in chemistry and biology, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will provide $40,500 each year for the first three years of his doctoral study in chemistry. The selection of these fellows is very competitive and is based on the viability of the student’s proposed research.
Student research awards and achievements
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ZYZZOGETON 2013: More than 70 Auggies presented their research in the annual poster session, Zyzzogeton. The spring event is an opportunity to celebrate student research, creativity, and scholarship. The festival is sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
POSTERS ON THE HILL: Three Augsburg College students were recognized for outstanding research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. This highly competitive annual celebration of student research, sponsored by the U.S. Council on Undergraduate Research, featured the work of only 60 students out of a pool of more than 800 applicants.
- Brianna Noland ’13, a mathematical economics major, was selected to present her research on college loans and first-year retention in Washington, D.C., to members of Congress and congressional staff. She also met with U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, both of Minnesota.
- Samantha Cantrall ’14, a communication studies major, received an Honorable Mention, ranking within the top 80 applicants, for her investigation of the influence of hip hop on the Arab Spring.
- Megan Rich ’13, a biology alumna and Master of Arts in Education student, also received an Honorable Mention. She studied ways to reduce the growth of soybean pathogens.
Auggies conduct off-campus research
At least a dozen Augsburg students are spending their summer doing off-campus research at locations throughout the United States as well as on the European and African continents.
- Katherine Aleman ’14, psychology, research intern at Mayo Clinic
- Elianna Bier ’14, physics, National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Eric Bowman ’14, biology and chemistry, University of Nebraska
- Emma Capman ’14, physics, University of Maryland Robotics Center
- Haley Diem ’13, environmental studies, field research in Tanzania on sustainable agriculture
- Kirubel Frew ’14, chemistry, Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Ben Grant ’14, physics, Colorado School of Mines National Renewable Energy Lab
- Anna Herauf ’14, biology and chemistry, North Dakota State University’s program for research on prairies
- Dan Kornbaum ’14, physics, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Geospace Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates at University of Michigan
- Marie-Aimee Ntawkulityayo ’14, international relations, research in Belgium on ethnic identity and conflict in the Kivu Region of Eastern Congo
- Promise Okeke ’15, biology, Johns Hopkins University Malaria Research Institute
- Casey Powell ’15, biology, University of Minnesota Plant Pathology Lab
- Emily Rutten ’14, biopsychology and psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Rachel Shaheen ’15, biology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Ryan Sullivan ’14, computational philosophy, Carnegie-Mellon University Summer Workshop on Cognitive Science and Epistemology