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Scholars Day honors top students (Released: 4/25/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- More than 800 high-achieving University of Connecticut students will be honored on Scholars Day, a celebration of academic excellence April 30.

The ceremony will take place in the Jorgensen Auditorium at the Storrs campus, beginning at 4 p.m. The featured speaker will be Brendan Maher of Harvard University.

The University will honor 42 undergraduate students who have been named Babbidge Scholars for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the 1995 calendar year. The scholars are named after the late Homer D. Babbidge Jr., who was UConn's president from 1962 to 1972.

The University also will recognize 794 students from six UConn campuses as New England Scholars, students who have maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

Thirteen students with the rank of University Scholar also will be honored. They were named as University Scholars last fall. The University Scholars program enables talented and highly motivated students to pursue accelerated and nontraditional programs of study. It is the most prestigious and most competitive academic program available to students at UConn.

Scholars Day began in 1994 to honor students with a history of achievement and those who have performed at a very high level during the previous calendar year.

Also on Scholars Day, four University faculty members, designated as Teaching Fellows for 1995-96, will receive medallions in recognition of their excellence in teaching: Janine Caira, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Cameron Faustman, an assistant professor of animal science; James Hurley, a professor of mathematics; and James O'Neill, a professor of human development and family relations.

The Teaching Fellows program is managed by the Teaching Institute, created by the UConn Board of Trustees in 1992 to promote excellence in instruction.

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