BGSU awards arts and sciences scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:00
More than 200 students in Bowling Green State University's College of Arts and Sciences received awards and scholarships this spring.
The largest award given was the Mary Ellen Mazey Presidential Scholarship, a tuition waiver, that went to Lisa Ade, a junior from Bowling Green.
Award winners include Ade, a junior majoring in chemistry with minors in mathematics and general sciences. She was awarded the Mary Ellen Mazey Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. Ade is president and former public relations officer of the Chemistry Club, volunteers at events for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and anticipates an American Chemist Society certification in spring 2014.
Kasie Durkit, of Bowling Green, was the recipient of the Charles Alden Barrell Scholarship in the amount of $2,700. The junior is majoring in history, political science and women's studies. She has served as an Undergraduate Student Government senator at large, history teaching assistant, campus tour guide and group exercise instructor and holds membership in numerous organizations such as Phi Beta Kappa, the BGSU Mock Trial Team, Honors Scholars, Academic Affairs Committee and Mortar Board. Among other honors, Durkit has been awarded the Vanderbilt Law Outstanding Mock Trial Witness Award and Student Life Award.
Merissa Acerbi, of Bowling Green, is a junior majoring in psychology and neuroscience, received the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Award in the amount of $2,000 and the Donald Ragusa Book Scholarship in the amount of $250. Her honors include involvement in the McNair Scholars program, SETGO (Science, Engineering & Technology: Gateway Ohio) research program, and research through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship). Acerbi has presented research at various conferences and holds membership in the University Honors Program, Honors Learning Community and honor societies Sigma Alpha Pi and Psi Chi.
Bowling Green resident Robert Fitzgerald, a cum laude graduate in history and Africana studies, was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior History Major award. He was an undergraduate teaching assistant in the geography department and a University Libraries employee. Fitzgerald will be continuing his education at the University of Iowa's College of Law.
Megann Smith, Grand Rapids, a senior majoring in psychology, received an Undergraduate Research Assistantship award in the amount of $2,000. She is a member of the Undergraduate Psychology Association at BGSU and the Kappa Kidney Camp with the National Kidney Foundation. The 2007 graduate of Otsego High School is also a 2012 graduate of Owens Community College.
Perrysburg resident Leslie Russell was awarded the James Robert and Gretchen Overman Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She is a junior majoring in adolescent to young adult mathematics education. Russell holds membership in the University Honors Program, the Science and Math in ACTION scholarship program, the Bowling Green and Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Kappa Delta Sorority and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She is a 2010 graduate of Perrysburg High School.
Alexandra Lahey, also of Perrysburg and a senior, was the recipient of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Scholarship in the amount of $300 and the Best Undergraduate Research Presentation at the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Symposium in the amount of $75. A 2010 graduate of Perrysburg High School, she is president of FORCE (Feminist Organization Raising Consciousness and Empowerment), is an YP4 (Young People For) fellow, Choice USA student journalist, and volunteers for the Cocoon Shelter and Schooner Farms. She is a Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship grant recipient and has been honored on the dean's list at BGSU. Lahey is majoring in human development and family studies with minors in sexuality studies and popular culture.
Stephen Zenner, a Perrysburg resident and a senior majoring in digital arts, received the James W. Strong Outstanding Senior Award in the amount of $200. His other honors include Best of Show in the Toledo Museum of Art's "Manet: Portraying Life" photo contest and winner of the 2009 Frog Town Film Festival. The 2009 Perrysburg High School graduate is a member of Golden Key, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and Vanguard.

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