Each year, WPI recognizes first-year students for excellence in their academic work with the designation Charles O. Thompson Scholars. These students are eligible to compete for a scholarship by submitting an essay that completes the picture of their contributions to the WPI community. Fifty-eight essays were received this year from 266 eligible students.
Kris Wobbe, associate dean of undergraduate studies, announces that Zoe Schwartz has been designated as the Outstanding Member of the Class of 2019. The Smithfield, R.I., native and is majoring in mechanical engineering. In addition to achieving an outstanding academic record, she participates a number of organizations that work in the community, including Robokids and Rotaract, looking to help local children develop a greater appreciation and confidence in STEM. She also plays field hockey and is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.
The review committee is pleased to recognize five other first-year students with honorable mention: Katharine Dunphy of Fairfax, Va.; Ryan Herrmann of Nashville, Tenn.; Abigail Ismail of North Attleboro, Mass.; Celeste Marsan of Brookline, N.H.; and Eric Salina of Burlington, Mass. All have excelled in coursework and made significant contributions to WPI and the broader community.
The selection committee also included Len Albano, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Reeta Rao, associated professor of biology and biotechnology.
Congratulations to all these students.