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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.