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Amanda Lanza
Amanda Lanza

Several members of the MIT community have received fellowships and scholarships.

Amanda Lanza won a scholarship awarded to children of MIT employees--and she's using it towards her MIT education that starts in the fall.

Lanza received a $1,500 award from the Greater Boston PCC Richard Leazott Memorial Scholarship Program, which is available to members of organizations (including MIT) that belong to the Postal Customer Council of Greater Boston and their children. Her mother is Susan Lanza, an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Amanda was chosen from more than 200 applicants for the scholarship, which is based on academic and extracurricular achievement, work experience and volunteerism. As a student at Melrose High School, she designed web sites for her school and worked as a laboratory and web assistant in MIT's biology and chemical engineering departments. She plans to study biomedical or chemical engineering and do clinical research and teaching. This summer she is in Singapore doing mammalian cell research at the Bioprocessing Technology Institute.

Yukyan Lam was selected as a Merage American Dream Fellow. She is one of 15 inaugural recipients of $20,000 over two years from a new foundation established by Paul and Lilly Merage of Irvine, Calif., to benefit immigrant citizens or permanent U.S. residents graduating from college. The foundation chose the awardees, who are nominated in the basis of academic record , creativity and leadership, for "the clarity of their American dream and the strength of their commitment to contribute or give back to America."

Lam, who received the S.B. in physics in June, was born to Chinese parents in Hong Kong and emigrated to the United States in 1987. She participated in music, dance, writing and theater at MIT and hopes to become an international lawyer.

Sarah Delaney has received a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation. The award is given to young scientists doing research relating to cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Delaney will work in the laboratory of Professor of Toxicology and Chemistry John M. Essigmann, studying mutagenesis by hyperoxidized guanine lesions.

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