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1999-2000

WPI Students Earn Outstanding Women's and Minority Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Office of Academic Advising has announced the 1999 winners of the Outstanding Women's Awards and Minority Awards:

  • Vanessa Melanson has received the 2000 Marietta E. Anderson Award. A junior, she is majoring in biotechnology and is the daughter of Gail Polidoro-Hover of Pittsfield, Mass. This award is presented to an outstanding woman 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.

  • Leena Razzaq has been given the 2000 Society of Women Engineers Award, presented annually to an outstanding woman undergraduate student. A junior, she is a computer science major and the daughter of Said Hamdan of Ramallah, Palestine.

  • Katherine Shore has received the 2000 Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award, established to honor a former librarian at WPI. She is a senior majoring in biotechnology and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Shore of Durham, Conn.

  • The 2000 Ellen Knott Award has been given to Nikole Howard and Elizabeth Caswell. Howard is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry G. Howard of Lafayette, Ind. Caswell is a sophomore biotechnology major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Caswell of Worcester, Mass. The award honors a former secretary in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

  • Nina Simon has received the 2000 Gertrude R. Rugg Award, which honors WPI's late registrar emerita. Simon is a freshman electrical engineering major and the daughter of Sarina Simon of Los Angeles and Scott Simon of Studio City, Calif.

  • Jason G. Brown has been given the 2000 Minority Award from United Technologies Corp. A sophomore electrical engineering major, he is the son of Victor Brown of Westerly, R.I.

WPI's Outstanding Women's Awards and Minority Awards, presented to students preparing for engineering or science careers, are based on academic excellence, contributions to the community and professional goals. Founded in 1865, WPI is renowned for its project-based curriculum. At WPI, classroom studies are integrated with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.