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Public Service Center

The Public Service Center's Fellowship Program funds projects that provide sustainable community benefit as well as educational value for the MIT students involved. The fellowships are funded through a grant from the Lord Foundation and by Public Service Center donors. Fellows each receive $4,000 for summer projects and may also apply for materials grants.

Independent fellowships

Elizabeth Basha G, EECS, Woodland, Calif., for an automated flood warning system for a Honduras community

Andrea McCarty G, Comparative Media Studies, Cambridge, Mass., for a preservation and access project for an African film archive in Burkhina Faso

Monica Lewis '05, aero/astro, Berwyn, Penn., for "Invent India," a plan for student-community development work at an Indian university

Evan Freund G, DUSP, Washington, D.C., for a project to preserve the environment and develop sustainable tourism practices for Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

James M. Smith G, architecture, for a design for a school, orphanage and medical clinic in Haiti

Neil Ruiz G, political science, Oxnard, Calif., and Johanna Klein G, management, Lexington, Mass., for a project to encourage entrepreneurship in the Philippines

Vector Fellowships--to create positive change in students' hometown communities

Monique Lowery '06, management, Bronx, N.Y., for developing a computer science and peer teaching program for a Harlem youth program

David Bermejo '07, EECS, Cicero, Ill., for "Transitions," a college preparation program for the teenagers at his largely Hispanic high school

Asia Price '05, management, Providence, R.I., for a literacy program for her city's public libraries

Focus Fellows

For projects that meet needs of community organizations

Yeu-Whai Kathy Lin '06, political science and mathematics, North Potomac, Md., for helping the Community Charter School of Cambridge to open its doors

Kimberly Harrison '07, mechanical engineering, Brooklyn, N.Y., for an experimental educational model for the Cambridge Community Arts Center

Student Leader Awards

Best New Service Project

Sidney-Pacific Outreach Committee, for its tax preparation workshops for MIT students and Cambridge residents. Their work also earned a commendation from the Cambridge City Council.

Community Connection Award

Parmesh Shahani G, humanities, for "Between the Lines: Negotiating South Asian LBGT Identity," a film and literature festival

Community Event Award

Relay for Life, organized by Kyle Rattray '05, BCS, with Matthew Gattis '07, Jupiter, Fla., and Christine Graham '07, Coral Springs, Fla.

Living Service Award

Phi Delta Theta, for service events including Toy Days

Philanthropy Award

The Vagina Monologues

Service Leadership Award--for community service

Jina Kim '06, materials science and engineering, for renewing the MIT chapter of Best Buddies

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 2, 2004 (download PDF).

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