Newsletter Fall 2011 Awards and Achievements Students

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Awards and Achievements: Students

Graduate Students

Philosophy Department Annual Teaching Award - Rachel Fredericks and Patrick Smith earned this year's departmental teaching awards. The award includes a $50 gift certificate to the University Bookstore in addition to the satisfaction of a job well done!

Departmental Dissertation Fellowship Awards were given to Rachel Fredericks and Scott Clifton this year. These one quarter fellowships will be used in 2011-2012 to free up these Ph.C. graduate students from teaching duties so they can concentrate on finishing their dissertations.

The Flanagan Dissertation Fellowship is a two quarter award established by Ruth Flanagan to honor the memory of her husband, John C. Flanagan, an alumnus of the UW. The selection process for this award is very rigorous. It is awarded to two graduate students at the university, one in the arts and sciences, and one in the social sciences and professions. This year Karen Emmerman, one of our Ph.C. graduate students, earned this award. Being awarded the Flanagan Fellowship is a huge accomplishment, and the department is very proud of Karen!

Ben Hole's paper, "Mirroring, Mental Simulation and Mind-Reading" was published in Proceedings of the 24th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning(2010). A recent exciting development for Ben is that the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities has approved the Masculinities Cross-Disciplinary Research Cluster Proposal called "Masculinities: Belief, Being and (Re) Action." The organizers of this two-year research cluster include Ben, Amy Piedalue (Geography, UW), Sara Gilbert (Geography, UW), David Allen (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, UW), Ken Clatterbaugh (Philosophy, UW), and Michael Brown (Geography, UW). The Masculinities Research Cluster aims to bring together faculty and graduate students across a range of disciplines, to develop a shared understanding of interdisciplinary scholarship in the field.

POV Prize for Ethics Exploration - Susanne Martin Pelly Herz, from the department of Child Clinical Psychology, was this year's recipient of the POV's $750 Prize for Ethics Exploration. Suzanne's dissertation is about traumatic injury in adolescents, and she is integrating a unit on the ethics of research on children following such an injury. She will use the funding to attend the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities meeting, where she will present her work.

Congratulations 2010-2011 M.A. Recipients

Aaron Hebble - autumn 2010 Olin Robus - spring 2011


Undergraduate Students

Kenneth R. Parker Award - Briana Wilson won this award for the second year in a row! It is given to a philosophy student who blends their studies in philosophy with a volunteer-based community project. Briana continues her volunteer work at Children's Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, and the Seattle Animal Shelter. Way to go Briana!

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship - This award covers a full quarter of in-state tuition for an undergraduate student, and is made possible through private donations to the department. This year, Raymond Hill was the lucky recipient. Raymond had this to say about being awarded the Philosophy's Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship:

I work full time at one of my jobs and part time at yet another, while maintaining a full time class schedule. I would like to express my gratitude to the donors and friends of our philosophy department here at the University of Washington. This award will allow me to reduce my hours at my full time position in the fall so that I can better focus on my studies and my preparation for the LSAT exam. Time is truly the most precious commodity if you subscribe to an Absurdist philosophy as I do, and I will make good use of the extra time this award has afforded me."

Mary Gates Research Scholarship - Kyle Slinker, mentored by philosophy professor John Manchak, was awarded this $4000 scholarship. His research project, "Determination of the Behavior of Newtonian Time and Causation" was presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in May 2011. Kyle was recently accepted into the prestigious History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. He declined the offer in order to attend the Physics Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina (Fall 2011). Congratulations, Kyle!

Outstanding Graduating Seniors

Jonathan Ettel Stephannie Stokes Jessica Willard

Outstanding Continuing Scholars

Jacob Baudin Samuel Hopkins

Papers Accepted for Publication

Andrea Rea had her paper, "Examination of the Moral Permissibility of Human Cloning and Testing for late-onset Genetic Diseases in Children" published in the Princeton Journal of Bioethics (an undergraduate publication written and edited by undergraduate students from universities across the country). Andrea is a Neurobiology major and is minoring in Bioethics & Humanities. Kelsey Marie Kaneshiro's paper, "Testing for Late-Onset Genetic Disorders in Children: Formulating Policy" was published in the June 2011Interlocutor, the Sewanee Undergraduate Philosophical Review.

Papers Accepted for Conference Presentation

Eunice Zhang "Right to an Open Future in Context of Gender Selection" (2011 Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference). Kelsey Marie Kaneshiro, "Testing for Late-Onset Genetic Disorders in Children: Formulating Policy" (2011 Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference).

Kelsey Marie Kaneshiro, Andrea Rea, and Eunice Zhang were all students (PHIL 242) of graduate student Benjamin Hole. All three students credit Ben and his excellent mentoring for the success of their papers.

Special Thanks to the New Major's Seminar leaders,Jonathan ("J") Eckard, Kelsey Gipe, Kendrick Lentini,Colette Wacker, and to our 2010-2011 Writing Center tutors, Samuel Hopkins and Varissara ("Mew") Ophaswongse

Congratulations B.A. Recipients

The department is pleased to announce that 89 Bachelor degrees were awarded in 2010-2011: 84 were Philosophy majors and four were History and Philosophy of Science majors. Congratulations go to each and every one of these students!