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Feb. 6, 2007
Contact: Sue Lorenz, University Honors Program, (785) 864-3374.

KU announces names of 20 University Scholars for 2007

LAWRENCE — Twenty undergraduates at the University of Kansas have been named University Scholars for 2007.

The University Scholars Program gives promising KU undergraduates academic experiences that provide intellectual challenge and enhanced opportunities. The scholars must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average to stay in the program and are eligible for $250 scholarships for up to five semesters while enrolled at KU.

As part of the program, students must enroll in an interdisciplinary three-credit-hour seminar that allows them to integrate knowledge from fields of study outside their own. Each scholar works with a faculty mentor. That partnership is expected to continue until the student graduates.

The 2007 University Scholars are enrolled in a seminar titled “The World from the Top of an Elephant” taught by Chris Haufler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Marsha Haufler, professor of art history.

Elephants serve as a real and metaphorical starting point to examine topics such as conservation, art, literature, history and politics, said Stanley Lombardo, director of the University Honors Program and chair of the University Scholars steering committee.

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 in their second year at KU with a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average are eligible to apply.

Offered at KU for more than 25 years, the program is funded through KU Endowment.

University Scholars are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names (when available), high school and faculty mentor.

From Hays 67601
Rachel L. Debes, junior in mathematics, daughter of Ken and Debbie Debes; Hays High School; Estela A. Gavosto, assistant professor of mathematics.

From Lawrence 66044
Marie C. Hull, senior in Spanish, daughter of Robert and Marilyn Hull; Lawrence Free State High School; Stuart A. Day, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

From Lawrence 66049
Shuan Sheila Tsau, sophomore in psychology and human biology, daughter of Jyun-Syung Tsau and Flora Hsu; James A. Orr, professor of molecular biosciences.

From Lenexa 66215
Bradley Joseph Klee, sophomore in aerospace engineering, son of Kevin and Sheila Klee; Olathe East High School; Phil Baringer, professor of physics and astronomy.

From Lenexa 66219
Thornton W. Thompson, junior in cell biology and genetics, son of Victoria Thompson; Shawnee Mission West High School; Joseph Steinmetz, dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of molecular biosciences and psychology.

From Mission Hills 66208
Michael Bradley Nelson, junior in Spanish and Latin American studies, son of Michael and Loretta Nelson; Shawnee Mission East High School; Isidro J. Rivera, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

From Olathe 66062
Derek Van Heeren, sophomore in political science and international studies, son of Fred and Patty Heeren; Olathe South High School; Thomas W. Heilke, professor of political science and associate dean of Office of International Programs.

From Shawnee 66216
David James Burchfield, junior in nursing and international studies, son of Ray and Donna Burchfield; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; G. Douglas Atkins, professor of English.

From Manhattan 66503
Andrew D. Hodgson, junior in political science and international studies, son of Cherie Hodgson; Manhattan High School; John Kennedy, assistant professor of political science.

From Salina 67401
Steven James Groene, junior in biology and humanities, son of Greg and Anna Groene; Salina High School South; Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French and Italian.

From Topeka 66604
Anna L. Hoard, junior in vocal performance and geography, daughter of Mary and Robert Hoard; Topeka High School; Karl Brooks, associate professor of history and environmental studies.

From Topeka 66614
Jennifer M. Kongs, sophomore in environmental studies and geography, daughter of Michael and Lee Anne Kongs; Hayden High School; J. Christopher Brown, assistant professor of geography.

From Arcata 95521
Maggee Marie Van Speybroeck, junior in voice performance, daughter of Nancy and John Van Speybroeck; Arcata High School; Mary K. Zimmerman, professor of sociology.

From Iowa City 52240
Meredith Joy Van Natta, junior in Latin American studies, daughter of Timothy and Joan Van Natta; City High School; O. Fiona Yap, associate professor of political science.

From Abita Springs 70420
Rebecca Lynn Totten, junior in geology, daughter of Matthew and Iris Totten; Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville; Luis Gonzalez, associate professor of geology.

From Dexter 48130
Connor Richard Donevan, junior in architectural engineering and architecture, son of Sean and Anne Donevan; Dexter High School; Kathryn Conrad, associate professor of English.

From Buffalo 55313
Brianna Paige Matzke, sophomore in piano performance, daughter of Brian and Pam Matzke; Buffalo High School; Byron Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English.

From St. Louis 63129
Andrew Vernon Schaeperkoetter, junior in aerospace engineering, son of Vernon and Kathy Schaeperkoetter; St. Louis University High School; Ronald Barrett-Gonzales, associate professor of aerospace engineering.

From Omaha 68137
Robert J. Gordy, junior in French and history, son of Jan Kennedy and Brent Gordy; Millard South High School; John F. Sweets, professor of history, and Leslie Tuttle, assistant professor of history and humanities and western civilization.

From Flower Mound 75022
Kate Ault Wasserman, junior in music therapy, daughter of Dave and Marney Wasserman; Flower Mound High School; Cynthia Colwell Dunn, associate professor of music and dance.


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