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

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Nancy Steenburg of Mystic, a doctoral candidate in history, is one of two graduate winners of the 1996 Edward Victor Gant Scholarships for continuing study at the University of Connecticut.

Steenburg is writing a dissertation on the rights of adolescents in colonial Connecticut that is based on original archival research in local court records. Her research, which has shown that the colonial courts protected the rights of adolescents in relation to adults, "will revise our whole view of children's rights in colonial America," said Distinguished Alumni Professor Kent Newmyer.

"A combination of intellectual and personal qualities account for her success and her promise," Newmyer said. "At the top of the list is a truly brilliant intellect." In addition to her wide reading and logical analysis, she has mastered the language and methodology of the law, he said.

A former high school history teacher, Steenburg has received outstanding evaluations as a teaching assistant. She has taught upper-level courses as well as introductory classes, and has also tutored minority students who needed out-of-class help.

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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