AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Recent Auburn University graduate Hannah Riordan, a native of Cornwall, Ontario, has received one of 15 History Scholar Awards given each year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors, selected from candidates across the United States, who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies. Selection is based on grades, letters of recommendation and writing samples.
AUBURN – Paul Bergen, a senior in Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics double majoring in microbiology and German, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany for the 2012-13 academic year. At the Technical University of Munich, he will continue to pursue his research in microbiology.
“Paul is an inquisitive and engaging young man with a range of interests and activities that go well beyond the lab and range from the study of German politics, culture and language to being an active member of Auburn’s nationally recognized mock trial team,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Auburn Honors College. “He will gain so much from his classes and interactions with German students and faculty and he will represent himself, Auburn University and the United States with distinction.”
A four-year member of the Honors College with a 3.97 overall grade-point-average in two demanding majors, Bergen is Auburn’s fourth consecutive Fulbright scholar, following Rebecca Ludvigsen, Germany, 2009, Helen Hunter Robertson, France, 2010 and Kristen Snow, France, 2011.
AUBURN – Former Auburn diver Dan Mazzaferro has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, marking the third straight year the Auburn swimming and diving program has produced a Rhodes finalist.
The Rhodes Scholarships, founded in 1904, are the oldest international fellowships. Winners of the scholarship have the opportunity to do graduate work at the University of Oxford located in Oxford, United Kingdom.
“An engaging scholar, a world class athlete and a true servant, Dan’s motivation for doing world class research in Dr. Mike Squillacote’s organic chemistry lab all the while competing at the top levels of his sport is so extraordinarily strong, his promise so unparalleled, that I am confident in predicting that Dan will accomplish something awesome and huge in his life’s work,” said Paul Harris, associate director for National Prestigious Scholarships at Auburn University.
AUBURN – James Emmett Ryan, associate professor of English in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, has been named a Fulbright Scholar-Lecturer to China for spring 2012.
The award will send him to Nanjing Normal University for the semester, where he will teach early American literature to undergraduate and graduate students. Of the 30 Fulbright Scholars selected for China this year, he is the only one who will teach American Literature and the only professor selected from a university in Alabama.
“I feel privileged to have been selected from a large pool of scholars in a very competitive application process for the Fulbright award, and I’m pleased to have earned this kind of recognition as an Auburn University faculty member,” Ryan said. “During my Fulbright semester I hope to do my small part in advancing mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States, two countries with very substantial obligations on the 21st century world stage.”
AUBURN – Mobile native Nathan Warner, a biosystems engineering student in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been selected as one of 80 recipients from 61 universities for a Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy. Scholars were selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.
Warner, who is also pursuing a minor in sustainability, is strongly committed to alleviating poverty, which complements his dedication to a sustainable environment. The focus of his honors thesis is the provision of safe water and sanitation to those most affected by poverty and hunger. He is a member of the Honors College, the Committee of 19 and co-founder of the Auburn chapter of “Engineers without Borders.” Warner will use the $5,000 Udall Scholarship to fund his senior year at Auburn.
AUBURN – Emily Brennan, a junior in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, has been chosen as a 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship, given to only about 300 students nationwide each year, is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Brennan, an animal science major, conducts research in Professor Geoffrey Hill’s laboratory in the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Department of Biological Sciences.
“I’m honored to receive the Goldwater Scholarship,” said Brennan, a native of Jacksonville, Fla. “When I came to Auburn, I had not planned to do research, but I really enjoy it. I hope to enroll in veterinary school and continue research there and in my career.”