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Awards and Honors: April 8, 2009

Four students named Goldwater scholars

Four MIT undergraduates are among the 278 students recently named Barry Goldwater scholars.

This year's recipients include Alvin Chen, a junior in biological engineering who plans to obtain an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering; Sidney Edward Cruetz, a senior in chemistry who plans to earn a PhD; Vidya Ganapati, a junior in electrical engineering and computer science who plans to get a PhD; and Maria Jean Monks, a senior in mathematics who plans to get a PhD.

Goldwater Scholars receive up to $7,500 per year for each of their remaining academic years. The awards are given to sophomores and juniors planning careers in science and engineering.

Senior, two graduate students win Hertz fellowships

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation recently awarded its prestigious fellowships to three MIT students, including one undergraduate and two graduate students. The fellowships, worth $250,000, support innovative young leaders in the applied sciences.

MIT had the largest number of recipients from one institution. The three students chosen were mathematics senior Alan Deckelbaum, biology graduate student Arvind Ravi and chemistry graduate student Darcy Wanger.

Selected from an elite pool of 543 applicants, the 2009-2010 Hertz Fellows are comprised of eight men and two women. The no-strings-attached fellowships allow exceptional applied scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate.

Swimming, diving named Academic All-American team

MIT's women's swimming and diving team was recognized this year as an Academic All-American Team for Spring 2008. The honor, awarded by the College Swim Coaches Association of America, is for maintaining a team average GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 8, 2009 (download PDF).

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