2001 Dean's Scholars

Each spring the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences recognizes nine College students for their outstanding academic achievements. Dean's Scholars are nominated by the faculty from a pool of students with grade point averages of 3.70 or higher. They are recognized at the Dean's Forum in the spring.

AIlya Elson (C 2001)

A mathematics and physics double major submatriculating in mathematics, Ilya has worked on two research projects. His first project involved using geometrical methods in plasma physics, namely understanding stable plasma flows, and the second explored the connection between Contact Geometry and hydrodynamics. He is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

David Scales (C 2001)

David is a chemistry and history double major. He worked in a lab for three years doing research on HIV, which resulted in him contributing to two papers, both published in The Journal of Immunology. David recently won a Thouron Award, and will be going to England after graduation to study for a MPhil in the history and philosophy of science and medicine at Cambridge. Upon his return, he plans to attend medical school. He is a University Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Daniel Sherman (C 2001)

Dan is a physics major with a classical studies and mathematics double minor. He has performed research in particle physics and astrophysics at Stanford University, the University of Louisville, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, he was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship as a result of this research. After graduation, he will pursue a PhD in high-energy physics at Harvard. He is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Jacob Stahl (C 2001)

An international relations and biology double major, Jacob recently completed his honors thesis for international relations titled, "The Socialization of State; Analysis of the Evolution of Japan's Security Policy Since the End of World War II." A highlight of his academic career was an internship at the Japan Desk in the Pentagon. He is Chair of the Orthodox Community at Penn and will be studying law at Harvard University after graduation. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Susannah Engstrom (C 2002)

Susannah is a theatre arts and history double major and has performed in two theatre art's productions at Penn, The Crucible and Prometheus Bound and worked backstage on four other plays, including as an assistant stage manager and sound and light board operator. This year she also performed in the Vagina Monologues. She recently studied at Goldsmiths College in London, where she sang in the University of London Union Chorus. Last summer she assisted on research centered on the role of women in Chinese history. She is a member of the Arts House Dance Company.

Jed Gross (C 2002)

Jed is a sociology and history double major. He recently completed an independent study entitled, " Paradigms of Labor & Leisure in 20th century America: Work Hard, Play Hard?" This project was supported by an undergraduate residential research fellowship from Perspectives in Humanities and the Penn Humanities Forum. As a result of his research and knowledge of the subject matter, Jed co-taught a preceptorial on the Survivor phenomenon and "reality" television with history Professor Michael Zuckerman. He is an active member of the Undergraduate Assembly and was instrumental in working with students and staff to bolster Penn's outdoor recycling program. He is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kathy Vernovsky (C 2002)

As a biochemistry and linguistics double major, and a Vagelos Scholar, Kathy will submatriculate in Chemistry. She is chair of the Biochemistry Seminar Series and is currently doing research in a lab working to develop novel cancer therapeutics in ways that can be used to target disease-causing genes. This research broadens basic knowledge about the biological role of gene products.

Julie Brown (C 2003)

Julie is an English and fine arts double major. She combines her expertise in these disciplines by treating text as image or form and as content. Julie is currently working with her mother to publish a nonfiction book. She is an avid student of foreign languages and literature, mainly Swedish and French. She is also a Mellon Writing Group mentor.

Michelle Robbins (C 2003)

A chemistry major planning on submatriculating in chemistry, Michelle is currently working in the medical school doing research on the effect of double stranded and antisense RNA on protein expression in mammalian cells. Last year, she tutored at Drew Elementary school and enjoyed interacting with the West Philadelphia community. She plays for the Women's Club soccer team. She is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Vagelos Scholar.

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