School of Science Shines at Honors Convocation
On October 15, Rensselaer held its 11th annual Honors
Convocation to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements
of students and faculty.
The 2004 Founders Award, the ceremony's highest honor, was
given to 70 RPI students. Other students honored include 54
students with a 4.0 GPA, and 27 graduate student fellowship
The Class of 2008 Rensselaer Medalists also were honored.
The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to the top math and science
juniors at almost 3,000 high schools around the world. Those
who choose to attend Rensselaer receive a $15,000-per-year
Rensselaer Medal Scholarship.
School of Science Founders Award
|School of Science Founders Awards
This prestigious award was established in 1944 and is given
annually to students who embody qualities of creativity,
discovery, leadership, pride, and responsibility at Rensselaer.
Fikri Avci, Stanley Bak, Philip Bloom, Joanna Coonradt,
Kristopher Dawsey, Lane Dielwart, Robert Klees Jr., Elizabeth
Kusel, Rebecca Lamb, Jordan Mader, Katherine Newhall, Roman
Salasznyk, Warren Towne, Daniel Vissani, and Joseph Yasi.
This award is presented to students who have maintained a
4.0 and have completed a minimum of 90 letter-graded credit
hours. Transfer students being honored have completed a minimum
of two full-time semesters. All winners received an “A”
for each course taken. School of Science winners comprise:
Nicholas Cooper, Stephen Darrow, Jackson DeBuhr, Joshua
Demolino, Michael DiMaio, Daniel Erb, Michelle Fisher, Sailaja
Ghanta, Ethan Glasser-Camp, Lan Guo, Drew Houston, Timothy
Jones, Bryan Knight, Tomasz Malisiewicz, Adam Marcus,
Christopher Rivers, Eric Smith, Ronak Talati, Thomas Tresanky,
Joshua Weisbrot, and Joseph Yasi.
Graduate Fellowship Awards
The following fellowships were awarded to in part to School
of Science graduate students.
Charles S. and Helen Humphrey Fellowship
Awarded to graduate students who have demonstrated
outstanding achievement in science or engineering.
Stephen Akinyooye, Kristopher Beevers, Christine Fiorillo,
and Yao-Ming Huang.
Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship
Awarded to women pursuing their Ph.D. who have demonstrated
academic excellence and outstanding professional potential in
engineering or science.
Philip H. Parthesius Fellowship
Students representing a wide range of academic interests
have benefited from the generousity of the Parthesius family.
The support this fellowship provides has aided Rensselaer
graduate students for over three decades.
Stanley I. Landgraf ’46 Memorial Fellowship
The Stanley I. Landgraf ’46 Memorial Fellowship is awarded
to students based on their academic record and who exemplify a
commitment to education and a sense of responsibility to
Among the faculty honored were the two newest members of the
Future Chips Constellation — Shawn-Yu Lin, Constellation
Professor, Future Chips, and Professor of Physics, Applied
Physics and Astronomy; and Christian Wetzel, the Wellfleet
Career Development Constellation Professor, Future Chips, and
Associate Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and