Two MIT graduate students have been awarded 2006 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships. Anna Bershteyn, a native of Ukraine and graduate student in materials science and engineering, and Theodore Marentis, a native of Greece who is studying in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, were both awarded Soros fellowships. The charitable trust founded by the Soroses was established to support graduate studies for immigrants and children of immigrants.
MIT's 2005 Rossby Award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climates has been awarded to Takamitsu Ito. His thesis, "The Biogeochemistry and Residual Mean Circulation of the Southern Ocean," has laid the foundation for an understanding and quantification of the role of the Southern Ocean in the uptake of fossil fuel carbon dioxide and in biological productivity.
A team of four MIT undergraduates placed second in the Rotman International Trading Competition in February. Approximately 40 teams from around the world took part in the two-day competition, which consisted of a series of rigorous finance cases that required both technical and fundamental analysis. The team members are seniors Paul Chou, Juthica Mallela and Irene Yen and junior Andrew Lisy.