Connecticut College honors 14 seniors with highest academic award

Fourteen Connecticut College seniors have been named Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college.

The scholars were recognized at a ceremony Feb. 7. All have also been chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education, and will be initiated officially in May.

Dean of the Faculty Roger Brooks said the Winthrop Scholars have taken advantage of all that Connecticut College has to offer, including small classes, immersive learning, rigorous and challenging capstones, honors theses and senior integrative projects.

“These pedagogical processes are magical and transformative, producing in each of you a graduate interested in and prepared to take on the problems of the 21st century,” Brooks said to the honorees at the ceremony.

“You have my deep congratulations,” he added. “Please go forward with your own deep expectation of excellence and aspirations to genuine achievement.”

The 2013 Winthrop Scholars are:

· Benjamin Governo Allar, a biological sciences and religious studies double major from Newton, Mass.

· Jennifer Ellen Blagg, a computer science major from Lenox, Mass.

· Christina Jolan Fogarasi, a literatures in English and philosophy double major from Seoul, South Korea, and Berlin, Germany

· Ryan James Foley, an economics and music double major from Wolcott, Conn.

· Andrew Goddard Greaves, a government major from Westford, Mass.

· Maura Mohan Hallisey, a film studies and sociology double major from Wethersfield, Conn.

· Aditya V. Harnal, an economics and international relations double major from Singapore

· Sarah Ariel Lamer, a psychology major from Westminster, Colo.

· Devon Leah Patton Light-Wills, a classics and religious studies double major from Princeton, N.J.

· Megan Elizabeth Maffucci, a French and Chinese language and literature double major from South Windsor, Conn.

· Jennifer Lauren Parry, a history major from Silver Spring, Md.

· Vinh Tuan Pham, an economics major from Hai Duong, Vietnam

· Catherine Tracy Smith, an economics major from Shelburne, Vt.

· Bo Xiong, a computer science and mathematics double major from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China

Parents, friends, faculty and staff attended the Feb. 7 recognition ceremony. The keynote address, “Journey of an Astrophysicist: z = 1100 or Bust,” was delivered by Michael A. Weinstein, senior lecturer in physics. .

About Connecticut College

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective liberal arts college with 1,850 students and more than 40 majors in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as the option for students to self-design majors. The College offers a high level of intellectual challenge, a campus culture that supports students to tailor their educational experience to their own interests and goals, and a four-year career development program that teaches students how to translate a liberal arts degree into a first job or graduate school admission. Connecticut College is situated in the small New England seaport of New London. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.