McMullan and Brittain Awards Recognize Top Students

matthew_pesce520Matthew Pesce 14C, a political science major, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, recognizing an Emory College graduate who shows extraordinary promise of becoming a future leader and rare potential for service to their community, the nation, and the world. The McMullan Award carries with it $25,000 –no strings attached. Described by nominators as “a Renaissance student, a scholar, leader, and friend” who “combines his thinking with practice,” Pesce has taken on difficult leadership roles as chair of the Honor Council and chair of the Emory Elections Board, where he reformed the Student Government Association’s election codes (after other unsuccessful efforts throughout the years), tying together 18 separate elections that happened throughout the year into a much simpler, streamlined process. He has provided strong leadership to other groups as well, serving as president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and as a student representative on the Committee on Class & Labor, the Committee on Campus Life, and the College Curriculum Committee. The Atlanta native came to Emory ranked third in the nation as a high school debater and his success continued with regular college tournament wins and top 10 national rankings during his four years here. He’s also worked to bring the skills and benefits of debate training to Atlanta Public School students as a coach and mentor through the Emory-founded Urban Debate League (UDL).

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megan_light520Megan Light 14C
, an anthropology and human biology major, has been named the 2014 recipient of the university’s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award. The award is presented each year to a graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to both the university and the greater community without expectation of recognition. Candidates are required to demonstrate a strong character, meritorious service and sense of integrity. Light receives the award, which also comes with $5,000, during the central Commencement ceremony on May 12th. In addition to athletics (a member of Emory’s women’s softball team, she earned 2013 UAA Most Valuable Player, 2011 and 2013 All-America honors, and 2013 Academic All-America honors), Light embraced Emory’s culture of service, working with Volunteer Emory since her freshman year, volunteering at a homeless shelter, coaching softball for younger students in local leagues, and serving on Emory’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to coordinate educational, community-service, and leadership-development opportunities for all student-athletes. Light has worked in the Department of Global Health at RSPH with assistant research professor Jorge Vidal doing quantitative DNA analysis for a study on pneumonia in South Africa and at the Global Center for Safe Water, where she worked on a rapid assessment tool to examine fecal contamination for rural or urban low-income areas with director Christine Moe, the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation.

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Profs. Schuchard, Andrade and Grubbs Recognized

Three Emory College faculty have received recognition for their contributions to the humanities.

Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English at Emory University, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research. A 42-year veteran professor at Emory, Schuchard is a faculty advisor to Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), and has devoted much time to developing its outstanding archive of 20th century Irish and English manuscript collections.

Two faculty members in Emory University’s Department of History – Tonio Andrade and Judith Evans Grubbs – have earned highly competitive Guggenheim Fellowships for 2012. The fellowships are awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to scholars, artists and scientists for prior distinguished achievement and the promise of future accomplishment.

Tonio Andrade is a specialist in global history and the history of China. His most recent book, Lost Colony: The Untold Story of Europe’s First War with China (Princeton UP, 2011), explores the European military revolution with data from East Asia.

Judith Evans Grubbs is the Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History at Emory. Her research interests center on social history and law in the Roman Empire, particularly women, the family and slavery.


See news release on Schuchard

See video of Schuchard talking about the Ellmann Lectures, which he founded at Emory

See news release on Guggenheim Recipients

See Book Trailer of Andrade’s Lost Colony: The Untold Story of Europe’s First War with China

See profile of Grubbs in Spring 2011 Quadrangle Magazine


Emory Seniors Recognized with Scholarships

Four Emory seniors, and a recent alum who is now a graduate student at Emory, have been recognized with top scholarships in recent weeks.

Dana Toy, double majoring in biology and sociology, is one of 18 Americans selected as a 2012-2013 Luce Scholar for a year of hands-on experience and work in Asia, and the fifth Emory student selected for the highly competitive scholarship since 2000. He was among 143 candidates nominated by 62 colleges and universities for the Luce Scholars Program, a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year.


(from left: Dobben, Chew, Richards, Eye)

Brenda Chew (environmental studies and economics), Joel Dobben (English) and William Eye (philosophy and music), and graduate student Sarah Richards (film studies) are the 2012-2013 recipients of the Bobby Jones Scholarship for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  They will represent Emory as ambassadors to St. Andrews and were selected based on their established records of leadership, academic excellence and interests that can be pursued through the offerings at the venerable Scottish institution.

Read 2012 Luce Scholarship news release

Read 2012 Bobby Jones Scholarship news release

Turner 11C Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship


Congratulations go to Garrett Turner 11C, a double major in creative writing and music, who has been awarded the 2012 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in England.

See 2-22-11 QuadTalk blog post about Garrett and highlights from his production of “I Dream A World” about poet Langston Hughes

As a Marshall Scholar, Garrett intends to pursue two one-year taught masters of arts: first, an M.A. in theater and performance at Queen Mary, University of London, and second, the M.A. in creative writing with a concentration in scriptwriting at University of East Anglia. Following this work, Turner says he hopes to earn a Ph.D. in creative practice to prepare him for a career in teaching, writing and performance as a professor and scholar.

Emory news release (11-21-11)

Video interview with Turner

Leslie Taylor Receives Theater Award

Leslie Taylor, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater Studies and Dance, has won a 2011 Suzi Bass award for best scenic design (play) for the Alliance Theater’s August: Osage County. She was also nominated for best costume design, Georgia Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Prof. Taylor is also director of the College’s Center for Creativity & Arts, as well as the resident set and costume designer for Theater Emory.

The Suzi Bass awards, Atlanta’s version of the Tonys, were founded in 2003 by Gene-Gabriel Moore and a small group of industry professionals to celebrate outstanding work in live theatre and the artists who produce it. Twenty-one professional theatres in Atlanta participate in the awards process. Each theatre season, volunteer judges choose nominees and recipients in 25 performance categories.

Related Video

Leslie Taylor talks about designing the costume for Emory Dance faculty member Anna Leo’s piece “Warrior Woman'” (September 6, 2011, Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts).


Emory Scores High on Rankings

Emory University is listed among the top 25 national universities for the 20th consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual “Best Colleges” rankings published Sept. 13.

Emory was listed as 20th among national universities, 19th among schools offering the “best value” to students. Emory also was cited for its economic diversity, with 19 percent of its undergraduates receiving Pell Grants. Emory’s Goizueta Business School is 12th in the rankings of undergraduate business programs.

See more information on Emory-wide rankings

Undergraduates reap record number of Fulbrights

A record number of Emory University students have been awarded 2011-12 Fulbright Scholarships to advance their studies, perform research and teach English abroad while serving as ambassadors to their host countries.

Eight students from Emory College (see below) who graduated this past year received teaching and research grants, nearly double the average number from recent years. Four students in the Laney Graduate School and one from the Rollins School of Public Health also received Fulbright research grants.

• Taylor Brooks, political science and anthropology. Brooks will head to Vietnam, where he previously studied abroad and did research. He will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA).

• Allison Cohen, Asian studies and linguistics. Cohen received a research grant for study in China to examine successive Chinese translations of an ancient Sanskrit Buddhist text, looking particularly at how the concept of emptiness was translated into Chinese, which had no characters that express the concept.

• John Gibson, history and French. Gibson will conduct archival research in Switzerland in both Neuchatel and Bern, examining the diplomatic role of Switzerland during the French Revolution. He conducted previous research in these archives as a student, sponsored by grants from Emory.

• Kevin Hatcher, French and linguistics. Hatcher received an ETA to work in Morocco. He also will conduct informal research on code-switching in Morocco’s dual languages (French and Arabic). Following high school graduation and before enrolling at Emory, Hatcher spent one year in Detroit as an AmeriCorps volunteer and one year in Paris, taking coursework and serving as an ETA.

• Karina Legradi, international studies and Chinese. Legradi received an ETA to work in Taiwan. During a study abroad semester in China, she taught English as a volunteer and also served as a mentor to children at the same orphanage where she had volunteered during a high school course of study in China.

• An Nguyen, environmental studies and chemistry. Nguyen received a research grant to study mosquito populations and ecology in Vietnam to determine where they are most numerous and in what environment they most flourish. She has conducted similar research with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nguyen is a native of Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child.

• Shreyas Sreenath, economics. Sreenath received a research grant for Bangladesh to study the significance of women’s ownership of cows, particularly the effects on nutrition for women and children. He has worked on similar projects in Kenya and Uganda.

• Jacqueline Troutman, political science and German Studies. Troutman received an ETA to work in Germany. She is fluent in both French and German and previously studied abroad in France and Austria. At Emory, she was a supplemental instructor in German.

In addition, Lauren Donnenfeld, political science and French, received an ETA through the French Government English Teaching Assistant program to work in France. She was a nationally ranked debater at Emory. This is not a Fulbright award, but as a finalist for the Fulbright ETA in France, Donnenfeld was automatically considered for the competitive French government-sponsored award.

Two Emory Fulbright finalists for the ETA to Egypt are awaiting notification about their status. Emory sent forward a record 28 undergraduate applicants. Of those, 12 were selected as finalists, one of whom withdrew after receiving the highly competitive Marshall Scholarship. This year, in the national competition, there were 9,397 applicants for about 1,600 grants.

The Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for career-launching study, teaching and research abroad and is designed to promote education and cultural exchange between the United States and other nations.


Rising junior Christina Cross (Latin American and Caribbean studies major) has been selected as a 2011 Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellow. She is one of 25 college students nationwide named to this prestigious fellowship and the first Emory recipient in the program’s 17-year history. The fellowship has an estimated value of $75,000.

The fellowship program includes participation in summer institutes, a study abroad program, an internship, language study and graduate school, and must be completed within six years. Cross’ fellowship will begin in mid-June with the Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI), a seven-week program at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Cross has worked as a peer advisor and volunteer services intern in the Emory Center for International Programs Abroad, and has led service activities for the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She also serves as chaplain for Emory’s Voices of Inner Strength Choir and is a learning coach with Volunteer Emory. Cross is from Milwaukee, Wis.

The IIPP Fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry.

See May 19, 2011, news release