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Mystic student wins Gant scholarship (Released: 5/23/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Jaren Madden of Mystic, a junior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, is this year's undergraduate winner of a $1,500 Edward Victor Gant Scholarship for continuing study at the University of Connecticut.

An honors student, Madden has been on the Dean's List each semester. Last fall she was named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor for undergraduates.

Madden hopes to go on to graduate school and become a university professor. She has designed a course of study that will allow her to achieve both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. As part of her coursework, she is preparing a research-based honors thesis on the effects of plant hormones on cultivated geranium.

Last year as a supplemental instruction leader she conducted review sessions for students taking introductory biology classes. This year she is supervising new supplemental instruction leaders.

Outside her studies, she is active in the marching band and is president of a band service sorority. She also has been selected as a summer orientation leader for new students.

"Jaren is enthusiastic about what she does and this rubs off on everyone around her," said Steven Jarvi, assistant to the dean of liberal arts and sciences. "She possesses a wonderful combination of scholarship, initiative, personality and versatility."

The Gant Scholarships, named for Edward V. Gant, a former provost and professor of civil engineering, are open to both undergraduates and graduate students from all the schools and colleges of the University. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, professional potential, dedicated service and personal integrity.

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