Sage Phillips ’22 (CLAS) is unearthing more of UConn’s origin story
Phillips in her regalia in the UConn Forest.
A “sage” is a mature person who is wise through reflection and experience. It also happens to be the name of the founding president of NAISA, the Native American and Indigenous Students Association, and newly named Truman Scholar and Udall Scholar —Sage Phillips.
UConn had an all-time high of 17 semifinalists for the Fulbright Student Program award, which includes the six finalists and three alternates.
Top Row: Elizabeth Clifton, Karli Golembeski and Chloe Murphy. Bottom Row: Simran Sehgal, Jessica Stargardter and Candace Tang.
Six UConn students have been selected as recipients of a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2021-22 academic year. The program provides grants for individually-designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistantships around the world. Students meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
UConn had an all-time high of 17 semifinalists for the Fulbright Student Program award, which includes the six finalists and three alternates. A total of 40 UConn students completed UConn’s campus application process for the 2021-22 Fulbright round.
“In what has been a truly challenging year for all students, and one which witnessed an 11.9% increase overall in applications to the Fulbright Student program, our UConn applicants demonstrated outstanding qualities and their commitment to fostering mutual understanding by engaging with the world,” says LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay, Assistant Director in the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at UConn and the University’s Fulbright Program Advisor. Together with the campus Fulbright committee, she mentors Fulbright applicants through the months-long application and selection process.
The scholarships demonstrate the inclusive opportunities available for every UConn student to develop intercultural competencies
Navigating the challenges of the pandemic over the last academic year did not discourage University of Connecticut students from imagining international study possibilities. Despite border closings and travel restrictions, students sought opportunities to engage with the world by applying for the Gilman and Critical Language Scholarships (CLS). A record number of UConn students were selected this spring as recipients for both scholarships.
“We had a total of fourteen applicants for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship and four were selected as recipients,” says LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay, Assistant Director in the Office of National Scholarships and CLS Program Advisor.
They will participate in intensive language study in a virtual format this summer, but it has not dampened their enthusiasm for developing proficiency in their chosen languages.
UConn Student Honored By Phi Beta Kappa With Public Service Award
‘Public service is about giving back,’ says Michael Hernández ’22 (CLAS)
Michael Hernández ’22 (CLAS), a rising senior at UConn, has been named one of 20 students nationally to be selected as aKey into Public Service Scholarby Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.
Storrs, Connecticut – UConn junior Sage Phillips (CLAS ’22), a political science and human rights double major from Old Town, Maine, has received a 2021 Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The Udall Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.
Sophomore Caroline Webb Awarded Hollings Scholarship from NOAA
Award provides $19,000 toward tuition, plus paid internship
Caroline Webb, from Greenwich, CT, has been awarded a prestigious Hollings Scholarship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Hollings Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship awarded to undergraduates studying the marine sciences.
Caroline is a sophomore Honors student pursuing a major in environmental science (human health concentration) and a minor in environmental economics and policy. Growing up along the Connecticut coast, she has long had an interest in and appreciation for the marine environment, which led her to apply for the NOAA Hollings Scholar Program. Additionally, she is interested in conservation ecology, immunology, and the intersection of environmental and human health. At UConn she is involved in research as a member of the Knutie Lab, where she works on the Nest Parasite Community Science Study. Her work involves collecting data to study how local ecology impacts different aspects of the avian nest parasite community. Additionally, due to the nature of the study, which relies on community scientists all across the eastern US to send nests from backyard boxes, she participates in community outreach efforts. Outside of her research and scholarly interests, Caroline is a member of UConn Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.
The Hollings Scholarship program is designed to increase interest in oceanic and atmospheric science, increase support for environmental stewardship, and recruit students to public service careers at NOAA and other governmental science agencies. UConn students interested in applying for the Hollings are encouraged to contact Dr. Rowena Grainger in UConn’s Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships.
A pair of University of Connecticut students have been namedTruman Scholarsfor 2021, marking the first time in school history that UConn has had multiple winners of the prestigious recognition.
Sage Phillips ’22 (CLAS), a junior political science and human rights major, and Sena Wazer ’22 (CLAS), a junior environmental studies major, represent UConn in a highly select group of 62 new Truman Scholars from around the country. They were picked from 845 candidates nominated by 328 different schools.
Two University of Connecticut students have been recently named Goldwater Scholars. TheGoldwater Scholarshipis considered the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering. Schools can nominate a maximum of four students per year.
The students are Katherine Lee ‘22 (CLAS) of Monroe, and Seema Patel ’22 (CLAS) of North Haven.
One UConn undergraduate, three graduate students, and 10 alumni have earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF-GRFP).
The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions in the United States. In addition to a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, plus another $12,000 paid to the student’s home institution, fellows have access to a wide range of professional development opportunities over the course of their graduate careers.