The 1998 Awards Convocation recognized achievements over the past year in many areas and also saw the inaugural presentation of the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service, honoring the inspiration provided by MIT's former first lady. The awards and the recipients are as follows (sports, writing and arts awards appear elsewhere in this issue of Tech Talk):
William L. Stewart Jr. Awards--presented to students who have made outstanding contributions to extracurricular activities and events during the preceding year
Duane Dreger '99, North Ridgeville, OH, mathematics
Adriana T. Guzman G, San Jose, Costa Rica, civil and environmental engineering
Anita N. Krishnan '98, Potomac, MD, chemical engineering
Pooja Shukla '99, North Attleboro, MA, biology
Sven Heemeyer G, Cambridge, physics
Andrew Rhomberg G, Cambridge, chemistry
the late Michele Micheletti '00
Luis A. Ortiz G, Pensacola, FL, materials science and engineering
William W. Shen '98, Brecksville, OH, economics
Class of 2001
James R. Killian Jr. Community Service Award--presented to the fraternity with the most outstanding community service program
Phi Delta Theta
Order of Omega New Member Education Award--recognizing the Interfraternity Council member organization that has implemented the most outstanding pledge/new member education program
Phi Delta Theta
Reid Weedon '41 Alumni Relations Award--presented to the independent living group that has promoted the greatest interactions between its members and alumni/ae
Frederick Gardiner Fassett, Jr. Award--presented to the male and female members of the Interfraternity Council who have unselfishly demonstrated the qualities of spirit, dedication, and service in furthering the ideals of MIT fraternity brotherhood and sisterhood
Jamie Buller '98, Austin, TX, management, Alpha Phi
Norris Vivatrat '98, Kingwood, TX, brain and cognitive sciences, Phi Delta Theta
Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement in MIT Education--presented to any member or group in the Institute community to honor significant innovations and improvements in MIT education
The Beijing Urban Design Studio
Professors Dennis Frenchman and Jan Wampler of the Department of Architecture.
Frank E. Perkins Award--given to a professor who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for graduate students
Professor Frank Solomon, biology
E. Eric Adams, civil engineering
Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards--given each year to one professor from each school for excellence in teaching, particularly with respect to the teaching of and interaction with graduate students
Professor Robert S. Gibbons, Sloan School of Management
Professor Kenneth A. Oye and teaching assistant Suhas Tripathi, G, political science
Professor Gregory W. Wornell and teaching assistant Freddi-Jo Eisenberg, G, civil and environmental engineering
Meenu Tewari, lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Scott Virgil, School of Science
Goodwin Medal--presented to a graduate student in recognition of conspicuously effective teaching
Kevin M. Shea G, Vernon, CT, chemistry
Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching--given to faculty members in recognition of exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates
Assistant Professor Stephen P. Bell of biology.
Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching--recognizing outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by members of the School of Engineering faculty
Professor John R. Hansman Jr. of aeronautics and astronautics.
Arthur C. Smith Award--presented to a member of the faculty for meaningful contributions and devotion to undergraduate student life at MIT
Professor and housemaster John M. Essigmann of toxicology and chemistry.
Kristen E. Finnegan Prize--recognizing the contribution of a graduate student to the Institute's effort in helping undergraduates to improve their writing skills
Cherie M. Abbanat, lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies
Rebecca M. Herzig, a graduate student in the Program for Science, Technology, and Society.
Albert G. Hill Prize--awarded to minority juniors or seniors who have maintained high academic standards and have made continued contributions to improvement of the quality of life for minorities at MIT
Fabio Brunet, '98, St. Ann, MO, mechanical engineering
Maisha K. Gray, '99, San Francisco, materials science and engineering
Laya W. Wiesner Award--given to the undergraduate woman who has most enhanced MIT community life
Michelle L. Evans '99, Worthington, OH, chemical engineering
Association of MIT Alumnae Award--presented to an outstanding woman who has demonstrated the highest level of academic excellence through her course work and related professional activities at MIT
Lisa A. Poyneer '98, Renton, WA, electrical engineering and computer science
Tiffany P. Cunningham '98, Bloomfield Hills, MI, chemical engineering)
The Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service--established by the Undergraduate Association in cooperation with the Public Service Center, recognizes an undergraduate exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities. The recipient clearly demonstrates a personal dedication to social change, prolonged and in-depth involvement, and initiative in a leadership capacity
Michael M. Bryzek, '99, Fremont, CA, EECS
Gordon Y Billard Award--given to a member of the faculty, non-faculty employee, or one not necessarily affiliated with the Institute, for special service of outstanding merit performed for the Institute
Sgt. Cheryl N. deJong-Vossmer, MIT Campus Police
Ronald Parker, senior database analyst in Information Systems.
James N. Murphy Award--presented to any employee of the Institute whose spirited contributions to the Institute family have won a place in the hearts of students
Cathryn J. Baty, coordinator of the International Students Office
Jacinto Figueiredo, ormitory maintenance mechanic with the Housing Office.
Karl Taylor Compton Prizes--presented to students in recognition of outstanding contributions in promoting high standards of achievement and good citizenship within the MIT community
Geoffrey J. Coram G, Reston, VA, EECS
Jacob J. Seid G, Mission Viejo, CA, EECS
Iddo Gilon '98, Newton, MA, EECS
Jorge F. Rodriguez '98, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, mathematics
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 3, 1998.