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College of Humanities and Natural Sciences touts student successes

April 26, 2011

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans has several stand-out students that have achieved major successes this past semester.

Leah Michelle Birch, computational mathematics senior from Coden, Ala., was awarded a scholarship as part of the 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater Scholarship is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

This summer, Birch will participate in the 2011 Research in Industrial Projects for Students program at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. This undergraduate research program provides high-achieving undergraduate students with the opportunity to work in teams on research projects proposed by industry or public sector sponsors.

Alexie Gaddis, junior psychology major from Snellville, Ga., was the recipient of the College Woman of Excellence and Louisiana Women's Caucus Foundation Scholarship. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship and an invitation to an awards banquet in Baton Rouge. The Women’s Caucus created this prestigious award in 2008 to recognize and honor the exemplary achievements and contributions of extraordinary women who personify excellence in their leadership, profession, academics, community service, character and integrity.

Holly Marisa Gardner, a graduating physics senior from New Orleans, was awarded the prestigious presidential scholarship from George Mason University. Gardner minored in mathematics and computational science and this scholarship includes tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance to pursue a doctoral degree in computational science and informatics.

Gardner will also participate in the 2011 Program for Women in Mathematics at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in its School of Mathematics. Since 1994, the institute, with the support of the National Science Foundation and Princeton, has hosted an intensive 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics. The program is designed to address issues of gender imbalance in mathematics.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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