WPI Students Earn Outstanding Women's and Minority Awards

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Worcester, Mass. - August 15, 2002 - With a goal of encouraging the studies of women and minorities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) announces the 2002 winners of its annual Outstanding Women's and Minority Awards.

The awards are presented by WPI's Office of Academic Advising to students preparing for engineering or science careers, and are based on academic excellence, contributions to the community and professional goals. This year's winners are:

  • Amanda E. Moore received the 2002 Marietta E. Anderson Award. A junior in the class of 2003, she is majoring in civil engineering and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Moore of Addison, Maine. This award is presented to an outstanding female student in the freshman, sophomore or junior classes who not only has a superior academic record, but also has been a work-study student, has participated in extracurricular activities and has been a volunteer for college-sponsored activities.
  • Nina K. Simon has been given the United Technologies Corp. & Society of Women Engineers Award, presented annually to an outstanding woman undergraduate student. A member of the class of 2003, she is an electrical engineering major and the daughter of Sarina Simon of Los Angeles and Scott Simon of Studio City, Calif.
  • Jennifer M. Scheipers and Sarah L. Tressel were co-winners of the Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award, established to honor a former librarian at WPI. Scheipers is a member of the class of 2003 majoring in electrical engineering and is the daughter of Michelle Sousa of Bolton, Mass. and Paul Scheipers of Clinton, Mass. Tressel is also a member of the class of 2003 majoring in biomedical engineering, and is the daughter of Joanne Tressel-Engelhardt of East Bridgewater, Mass.
  • Jessica M. McAlear won the Ellen Knott Award, honoring a former secretary in the Mechanical Engineering Department. McAlear is a biotechnology major in the class of 2004, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McAlear of Naperville, Ill.
  • Caitlin H. Bell and Katie E. Christopher each received the Gertrude R. Rugg Award, which honors WPI's late registrar emerita. Bell is a chemical engineering major in the class of 2005, and is the daughter of Barbara Helen Bell of Ocean City, N.J. Christopher is a biochemistry major in the class of 2005, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Christopher of Aurora, Colo.
  • Lisette M. Manrique has been given the Minority Award from United Technologies Corp. A biomedical engineering major from the class of 2003, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Manrique of Tewksbury, Mass.

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