February 24, 2004

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KU announces 20 sophomores as 2003-04 University Scholars

LAWRENCE-- The University of Kansas has named 20 sophomores, including 13 Kansans, as University Scholars for the 2003-04 academic year.

The program is funded through the KU Endowment Association to give promising KU undergraduates experiences that provide intellectual challenge and enhanced opportunities. The program is administered by the University Scholars steering committee. John Gronbeck-Tedesco, acting director of the honors program and professor of theatre and film, is committee chair.

As part of the program, students must enroll in the interdisciplinary University Scholars seminar that allows them to integrate knowledge from fields of study outside their own. David Besson, professor of physics and astronomy, will lead the seminar during the spring semester. Each student works with a faculty mentor, and that faculty mentor-student association is expected to continue throughout the student's undergraduate career.

University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic records, commitment to their education, intellectual promise and evaluations by instructors, advisers and other faculty members. Students with a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average are eligible to apply. They must maintain at least a 3.5 average to stay in the program.

Students' names, hometowns, majors, parents' names, high schools and faculty mentors are:

Lisa Lewin, history, daughter of Thomas and Phyllis Lewin; Lawrence High School; John Head, professor, School of Law.

Stephen Elliott, classical languages and mathematics, son of Cliff Elliott and Elizabeth van den Bogert; Chaparral High School; Tara Welch, assistant professor of classics.

Rachel Cloudholloway, Spanish and French, daughter of Laura Cloud Flynn; Shawnee Mission East High School; Paul D'Anieri, associate professor of political science.

Hannah Swift, physics, astronomy and mathematics, daughter of Thomas and Virginia Swift; Olathe South High School; Bruce Twarog, professor of physics and astronomy.

Overland Park
David Hover, physics and mathematics, son of James and Kathy Hover; Blue Valley High School; Rex Martin, professor of philosophy.

Wieteke Waterborg, painting, daughter of Jakob and Marian Waterborg; Shawnee Mission South High School; Jon Swindell, professor of design.

Prairie Village
Molly Tucker, English and political science, daughter of Bob and Terry Tucker; Shawnee Mission East High School; Allan Cigler, professor of political science.

Cecilia Roberts, visual communications/design illustration, daughter of Richard and Mary Roberts; Parsons Senior High School; Lois Greene, professor of design.

Valerye Milleson, mathematics and philosophy, daughter of Michael and Martha Milleson; Leavenworth Senior High School; Ben Eggleston, assistant professor of philosophy.

Juan Garcia, economics and political science, son of Ismael N. Garcia; Salina South High School; Thomas Heilke, associate professor of political science.

Tanner Rinke, mechanical engineering, son of Tracy Henseler; Derby High School; John Gronbeck-Tedesco, professor of theatre and film.

Shawn Henderson, mathematics and physics, son of Wesley and Marilyn Henderson; Wichita East High School; Tara Welch, assistant professor of classics.

Kahlil Saad, biochemistry, son of Nabil and Linda Saad; Wichita East High School; Naima Omar, assistant professor of African/African-American studies.

Kelly Carson, Spanish, daughter of Thomas and Kathleen N. Carson; Heritage High School; Jill Kuhnheim, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

Laura Nolle, computer science, daughter of Steve and Gretchen Nolle; Naperville North High School; Perry Alexander, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Lee's Summit
Lauren Prather, international studies, French and political science, daughter of Richard and Denise Prather; Lee's Summit North High School; Elizabeth MacGonagle, assistant professor of history.

Sarah Gibbs, English, daughter of Mark and Jean Gibbs; Waconia High School; faculty mentor to be announced after she studies abroad in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

Steven Munch, history, sociology and American studies, son of Mike and Joli Munch; Bellevue East High School; Robert Antonio, professor of sociology.

Grand Forks
Joel Abrahamson, chemical engineering, son of Harmon and Julie Abrahamson; Red River Senior High School; Susan Williams, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

Megan Storm, human biology, daughter of Monta Storm; Yankton Senior High School; Barbara Schowen, professor emerita of chemistr


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