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Jan. 19, 2006
Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-3374.

KU announces 22 undergraduates as 2005-06 University Scholars

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has named 22 undergraduate students, 20 of them Kansans, as its 2005-06 University Scholars.

The scholars will be honored at a 6 p.m. dinner Monday, Jan. 23, in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.

The program, now in its 26th year, is funded through the KU Endowment Association to give promising KU undergraduates academic experiences that provide intellectual challenge and enhanced opportunities. Each student works with a faculty mentor, and that faculty-mentor association is expected to continue throughout the student’s undergraduate career.

Students must be second-year university students to qualify for the program, which is administered by the University Scholars steering committee. Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics and director of the University Honors Program, is committee chairman.

As part of the University Scholars program, students must enroll in the interdisciplinary University Scholars three-credit-hour seminar that allows them to integrate knowledge from fields of study outside their own. This semester the seminar titled “Two Cultures: Science, the Humanities and Bridging the Divide,” will be taught by Victor Bailey, professor of history and director of the Hall Center for the Humanities, and Leonard Krishtalka, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center.

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 and are eligible for $250 scholarships for up to five semesters while enrolled at KU.

University Scholars, their hometowns, majors, parents’ names if available, high schools and faculty mentors are:

From Jamestown
John Kuhn, biochemistry and English; Concordia High School; Mary Catherine Davidson, assistant professor of English.

From Lawrence
Karen Bentley, history and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Terrence and Mary Bentley; Lawrence High School; Ann Schofield, professor of American studies and women’s studies.

Gina Lorenz, music and French, daughter of Tom and Sue Lorenz; Lawrence High School; Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics and director of the University Honors Program.

Kathryn Seibel, English, daughter of Charles Seibel; Lawrence High School; Tom Lorenz, associate professor and associate chair of English.

From Leawood
Nick Barnthouse, biology and chemistry, son of Chris and Carrie Barnthouse; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park; Mark Richter, professor of molecular biosciences.

Sarah Edwards, English and pre-business administration, daughter of Rob and Elizabeth Edwards; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park; Mary Klayder, University Honors lecturer in English.

From Lenexa
Kareem Tawfik, human biology and English, son of Ossama and Sahar Tawfik; Shawnee Mission West High School; Steve Benedict, associate professor of molecular biosciences.

From Mission Hills
Corbett Bennett, classical languages, philosophy and physics, son of Champ and Anne Bennett; Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.; Tara Welch, associate professor of classics.

From Olathe
Jia Yin Feng, cellular biology and pre-pharmacy, daughter of Dan and Min Feng; Olathe East High School; Chris Haufler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Overland Park
Amanda Shriwise, biochemistry, European studies and French, daughter of Rodney and Susan Shriwise; Shawnee Mission South High School; Patrick Suzeau, associate professor of music and dance.

Shanxi Upsdell, English and journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of David and Mel Upsdell; home school; Anna Neill, associate professor of English.

From Prairie Village
Rachel Ashworth, biology and English, daughter of Bill and Gayle Ashworth; Shawnee Mission East High School; Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English.

Danielle Coffyn, English and history, daughter of Mary Jane Coffyn; Shawnee Mission East High School; Chris White, lecturer in Latin American studies.

From McPherson
Kristen Kearney, pre-secondary education (English), daughter of Tom and Louise Kearney; McPherson High School; Marjorie Swann, associate professor of English.

From Salina
Michaela Catlin, anthropology, daughter of Michael Catlin and Cynthia Catlin-Huth; Millbrook High School, Raleigh, N.C.; John Hoopes, associate professor of anthropology.

From Wichita
Chelsea Hartness, geography, American studies and Latin American studies, daughter of Regina Pearce; Wichita High School Northwest; Chris Brown, assistant professor of geography and environmental studies.

Anthony Hoover, chemical engineering, son of Joe and Donna Hoover; Wichita High School East; Susan Williams, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

Kevin Rongish, English and Spanish, son of Steven and Sandra Rongish; Bishop Carroll High School; Danny Anderson, professor and chair of Spanish and Portuguese.

Lauren Rowland, chemistry and English, daughter of Tony and Ann Heatherly; Wichita Collegiate School; Steve Fawcett, professor and senior scientist in applied behavioral science.

From Topeka
Samuel Schneider, English (creative writing emphasis), son of Dave and Lisa Schneider; Cair-Paravel Latin School; David Bergeron, professor of English.

Cristina Fernandez, economics and political science, daughter of Wilfrido and Maria Fernandez; high school graduate in Paraguay; Catherine Weaver, assistant professor of political science.

From Columbia
Anne Vezeau, biology (organismal biology emphasis) and Spanish, daughter of Shelley Lyle; Columbia-Rock Bridge Senior High School; Kirsten Jensen, associate professor and assistant scientist in ecology and evolutionary biology.


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