KU News Release

Jan. 19, 2011
Contact: Anne Cecilia Dotter, University Honors Program, 785-864-3374

University Scholars to explore modernity

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LAWRENCE — Twenty undergraduates at the University of Kansas have been named University Scholars for 2011.

The University Scholars Program gives promising KU undergraduates academic experiences that provide intellectual challenges and enhanced opportunities. As part of the program, students 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. Students also receive a five-semester scholarship.

The 2011 University Scholars are enrolled in a seminar titled “Modernity” taught by John Gronbeck Tedesco, professor of theatre. In his class, Gronbeck Tedesco will focus on commentaries and critical takes on the concept of modernity, such as the views expressed by modernists Gertrude Stein and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, 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 invited to apply.

The University Scholars Program will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 23, with a banquet with its founder, Judge Deanell Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. A few of the 600 alumni and many of the faculty who have taught the program seminars plan to attend.

Funds for University Scholars are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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

From Garnett 66032
Cynthia Erin Brown, sophomore in psychology with a minor in social and behavioral sciences methodology; James and Debra Brown; Anderson County High School; David Kevin Johnson, assistant professor of psychology.

From Atchison 66002
Laura Prohaska, sophomore preparing to study pharmacy; Lawrence and Nancy Prohaska; Maur Hill Mount Academy; Paulyn Cartwright, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Baxter Springs 66713
Joseph Walker Kellum, sophomore in neurobiology; Bert and Lori Kellum; Baxter Springs High School; Rafe Brown, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Ashland 67831 and Kansas City, Mo.
Christopher Michael Hudson, sophomore in computer science; Christine Winkel, Ashland, and Michael Hudson, Kansas City; Liberty (Mo.) High School; John K. Kelly, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Lawrence 66044
Patrick Alan Patterson, sophomore in linguistics; John and Anne Patterson; Lawrence Free State High School; Paul A. Scott, assistant professor of French and Italian.

From Lawrence 66047
JoAnn Christine Doll, sophomore in music; David and Victoria Doll; Lawrence High School; Alicia Clair, professor of music.

Erin Nicole Eifler, sophomore in psychology and Spanish; Doug and Maria Eifler; Lawrence High School; Jorge Perez, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

From Leawood 66224
Lauren Marie Taulbee, sophomore in mathematics; Lennox and Carla Taulbee; Blue Valley High School, Stilwell; Jan Sheldon, professor of applied behavioral science.

From Overland Park 66213
Danse Bi, junior in biochemistry; Chengpeng Bi; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Victoria Lynn Corbin, associate professor of molecular biosciences.

From Prairie Village 66208
Bernadette Ann Myers, sophomore in English and European studies; Sheila and Patrick Joseph Myers; Shawnee Mission East High School; Daniel B. Stevenson, associate professor of religious studies.

From Emporia 66801
Caitlin Haley Hotzel, sophomore preparing to study law; Robin and J. Eric Hotzel; Emporia Senior High School; Lumen Mulligan, professor of law.

From Glade 67639
Brendon James Allen, sophomore in English; Marla Allen; Phillipsburg High School; Philip Barnard, associate professor of English.

From Goddard 67052 and Mulvane 67110
Chelsea Rae Hines, sophomore in exercise science; Christopher Hines, Mulvane, and Elizabeth Cummins, Goddard; Clearwater High School; Ann Schofield, professor of women, gender and sexuality studies.

From Topeka 66614
Luke Brinker, sophomore in history; Stephanie Brinker; Topeka High School; Kim Warren, assistant professor of history.

From Kansas City 64151
Joseph David Sandt, junior in mechanical engineering; Mary and John Sandt; Park Hill Senior High School; Robert Edwin Ward IV, associate professor of molecular biosciences.

From Kansas City, Mo. 64157 and Ashland, Kan.
Christopher Michael Hudson. SEE CLARK COUNTY

From Chester 07930
Kathryn Emily Hoven, sophomore in English and history; Donald and Janet Hoven; West Morris Mendham High School; J. Megan Greene, associate professor of East Asian studies.

From Xian, Shaanxi
Ji Liu, sophomore preparing to major in elementary education; Yuesan Liu and Jingxia Dang; Mickey Imber, professor of educational leadership and policy studies.

From Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Siddhant Sharma, sophomore in computer engineering; Yugal Kishor Sharma; City Montessori School Gomtinager Lucknow; Mikhail Viktorovich Medvedev, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

From Mumbai, Maharashtra
Jalashree Pratosh Mehta, sophomore in electrical engineering; Pratosh Mehta; Jai Hind College in Mumbai; Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies.

From Tehran
Gelareh Samandi, sophomore in chemical engineering; Azita Ahosseini; Lawrence Free State High School; Caroline A. Jewers, associate professor of French and Italian.

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