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Students named University Scholars (Released: 4/22/96)

This is a compilation of releases sent to students' hometown newspapers. Students are listed alphabetically.

by Darlene Salzer, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Kelly Bowler of Manchester, a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in actuarial science and Spanish, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

She is treasurer of Delta Zeta, secretary of the Honors Program Coordination Council, a volunteer for peer tutoring and a Husky Ambassador. She also plays French horn with the concert band and is a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society.

Last summer she studied in Mexico City for two months. She has received an Actuarial Science Scholarship from UConn's math department and a Presidential Scholarship. After graduation, she hopes to become an actuary with a major insurance company.

STORRS, Conn. -- John Caine of Lyme, a junior at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

Once selected, a University Scholar is allowed to pursue an academic program tailored to his or her unique intellectual abilities. Caine's University Scholar project is titled "Exploring Means of Artistic Expression in Our Increasingly Digital Society," integrating his three areas of study: English, photography and computers.

With a concentration in creative writing, his English honors thesis explores interactive fiction and creative writing on the Internet. He has set up a World Wide Web site (www.neca.com/~caine/pinhole) which features tips on pinhole photography. His future plans include writing stories and illustrating them with these types of photographs.

Also a Nutmeg Scholar, he has been the photo editor of the Nutmeg Yearbook for three years.

STORRS, Conn. -- Melanie Sue Collins of SOMERS, a junior at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduates.

Collins studies phiysiology and neurobiology, physical therapy and piano. After graduation in December 1997, she will either earn a graduate degree in these areas of study or apply to the Ph.D./M.D. program at UConn's School of Medicine.

Her research explores developing tactile stimulation systems to train musicians to play instruments correctly, a method which uses virtual reality and biofeedback unlike the traditional method of verbal instruction.

STORRS, Conn. -- Lisa Lee DeCerb of Cheshire, a pharmacy major at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

DeCerb is a member of various pharmacological organizations. She has won the Connecticut Pharmacists Association Scholarship, the Brooks Pharmacy Scholarship and the Lambda Kappa Sigma Cora E. Craven Education Grant.

She will graduate in May 1997 and either pursue a professional pharmacy degree or apply to medical School.

STORRS, Conn. -- Lisa DuMont of Charlotte, N.C., a junior majoring in physical therapy at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

After performing internationally as a dancer with the American Ballet Theater in New York City for five years, she chose to pursue a degree at UConn. Her concentration is geriatrics, and she is taking four graduate classes in gerontology. She plans to earn a master's degree in physical therapy following graduation in May 1998.

STORRS, Conn. -- Laura and Michelle Harris, identical twins from Glastonbury, have been named University Scholars in their sophomore year at the University of Connecticut.

The University Scholar is the highest academic honor that the University bestows on undergraduate students. It is typically given to juniors.

Laura Harris was attracted to UConn's EUROTECH program, which allows students to receive a dual degree in engineering and German. She has completed an internship at Northeast Utilities and has applied to work at a variety of multinational companies such as Proctor and Gamble. She is a member of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta, and is vice president of the German Club. She also is an undergraduate teaching assistant for Engineering 150 and 151, assisting small groups of students each week with various projects.

After college she may go to graduate school for environmental engineering or work for a German company.

Michelle Harris double-majors in biophysics and German. Next year she will study at Freiburg University in Germany. She is working with David Knecht at UConn, studying the effects of various surfaces, such as glass and plastic, on cell motility.

She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta and secretary of the German Club. In addition to this award, she has won a Presidential Scholarship and an Honors Program Merit Scholarship. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in one of the biological sciences.

STORRS, Conn. -- John C. Lee of Mansfield, a junior molecular and cell biology major, has been named a University Scholar at the University of Connecticut, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors fraternity, and an officer for the Chinese Student Association. In addition to this award, he received the Day of Pride Scholarship, which gave him a full scholarship to UConn. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation in May 1997.

STORRS, Conn. -- Sarah Golden of Cheshire, a junior chemistry major at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

She also received a scholarship from the Golden Key Honor Society. Golden is a member of the women's varsity swim team. After graduation she plans to attend medical school.

STORRS, Conn. -- Gretchen Oat of Preston, a senior studying biology and art at the University of Connecticut, has been named a University Scholar, the highest honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

Oat studies art with a view toward relaying health information to the public through illustration. Next spring she plans to go to Madagascar to study the ethnomedicine of a particular tribe - how members of the tribe use health care systems.

Oat is a resident assistant and volunteers in the puppetry labs. She also has been named an Alumni Scholar.

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