Fourteen Connecticut College seniors have been named Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college.
The scholars were recognized at a ceremony Feb. 7. All have also been chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education, and will be initiated officially in May.
Dean of the Faculty Roger Brooks said the Winthrop Scholars have taken advantage of all that Connecticut College has to offer, including small classes, immersive learning, rigorous and challenging capstones, honors theses and senior integrative projects.
“These pedagogical processes are magical and transformative, producing in each of you a graduate interested in and prepared to take on the problems of the 21st century,” Brooks said to the honorees at the ceremony.
“You have my deep congratulations,” he added. “Please go forward with your own deep expectation of excellence and aspirations to genuine achievement.”
The 2013 Winthrop Scholars are:
- Benjamin Governo Allar, a biological sciences and religious studies double major from Newton, Mass.
- Jennifer Lauren Parry, a history major from Silver Spring, Md.
- Vinh Tuan Pham, an economics major from Hai Duong, Vietnam
- Catherine Tracy Smith, an economics major from Shelburne, Vt.
- Bo Xiong, a computer science and mathematics double major from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China
Parents, friends, faculty and staff attended the Feb. 7 recognition ceremony. The keynote address, “Journey of an Astrophysicist: z = 1100 or Bust,” was delivered by Michael A. Weinstein, senior lecturer in physics.