2000 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.

William Cook (C 2000)

A double major in Economics and Political Science, with a concentration in American Politics, his economics thesis is entitled "An Economic Analysis of Solid Waste Disposal in New Jersey: Pre- and Post- Atlantic Coast." WilliamÕs political science thesis focuses on the influences of various governmental organizational structures, political affiliations, and social trust on government outcomes at the country-level. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He will be continuing his studies at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the fall.

Victor Essen (C 2002)

A double major in History and Fine Arts, he recently spent time working in the registrar's office at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington DC, helping to control the flow of the museumÕs exhibits. His own artwork has been exhibited as part of a show featuring undergraduate artists at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gregory Grason (C 2000)

Majoring in Physics and English, Gregory Grason designed an experiment that tested the charge conduction properties of films of synthetic peptides deposited onto flat surfaces under various experimental conditions. An avid scientist, he also participated in the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates where he worked in an experimental condensed matter physics laboratory. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he will continue his education next fall at the University of Pennsylvania as a Physics Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Joshua Gruber (C 2002)

Joshua is a double major in Biochemistry and Physics. He has completed research on soft condensed matter that explored the realm of complex fluids, small molecule interactions, and physical predictions on the scale of thermal energy. Joshua is a member of the Vagelos Scholars Program.

Kristina Marie Herbert (C 2002)

A triple major in Biochemistry, Biology, and Biophysics. She will be spending one year at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany as a recipient of a Fulbright Award. She will then go to Stanford University to work in their PhD program in Biophysics with a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship.

Eric Lomazoff (C 2001)

Eric is a Political Science major who is currently doing independent field research on the "Political Science of the University." He is also completing a thesis that will compare methods of biblical and constitutional interpretation. He is actively involved with PennÕs Center for Community Partnerships and student government and is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

Anne Mani (C 2000)

Anne is a Biological Basis of Behavior and South Asian Regional Studies double major. She has conducted independent research as part of a project that was using allergic encephalomyelitis in mice as a model for human multiple sclerosis. Her role was to investigate anti-C5 mAb, an antibody, and whether it suppresses the allergic encephalomyelitis. During her junior year she studied in Jaipur, India where she completed an independent study entitled, "And Again I Shall Rise: The Issue of Rape in the Context of the WomenÕs Movement in Rajasthan." The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she will be traveling to India following graduation to conduct a study entitled "Infertility in India: An Exploration of its Scientific and Social Aspects." She is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honors Society.

Tereza Slepickova (C 2000)

Majoring in International Relations and German with minors in Economics and Political Science, Tereza spent a semester studying at the Freie Universitþt Berlin in Germany. She worked as the research assistant to former Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski for eight months at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. She speaks German, Russian, Slovak, Czech and English. She is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.

Amanda Tiffany (C 2001)

Majoring in Biology with a minor in Folklore, Amanda has done independent research studying the interaction of potassium channels with other proteins. Her findings were published in the Journal of Cell Biology, citing her as first author. At the Institute for Human Gene Therapy, she participated in a research project that studied the cystic fibrosis ion channel. She is a peer advisor, a member of the preceptorial committee, a volunteer team leader at the Ronald McDonald House and currently holds the position of lieutenant governor for Circle K International. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a University Scholar.

Vikram Udani (C 2001)

A Chemistry and Biology double major with a minor in Mathematics, Vikram was part of a research team at UCLA that conducted studies on appendicitis, primarily concerned with the non-operative management of perforated appendicitis. Dedicated to a career in healthcare, he is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician who has spent his free time volunteering in the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Room and his summer as the Health Director at Camp Make-A-Dream, a camp for children and young adults with cancer. He is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, a member of the General Honors Program and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

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