Student Prize Citations

Timeica Bethel, David Everett Chantler Award
Timeica Bethel: raised in the housing projects of Chicago by a devoted grandmother and family, we honor your commitment to scholarship and social justice as a STARS scholar, the president of the Black Student Alliance, and a student ambassador and senior presenter for the Admissions Office. As you return to your old neighborhood in Chicago with Teach for America, our faith and pride go with you.

Jesse Reising, David Everett Chantler Award
Jesse Reising. A true scholar-athlete — a four-year varsity football player double majoring in political science and economics, Jesse’s plans for the Marine Corps were derailed by an injury. You are a young man who won’t let hardship or injury get in the way of fulfilling your ideals and serving his country in another capacity.

Endre Hudy, Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize
Endre Hudy, we recognize you for your endless curiosity and good cheer; however, we honor you for your commitment to the children of this city. Over the last four years you brought new energy to the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven by creating the group Yale Students for the Boys and Girls Club. Through your tutoring, organizing trips and raising $10,000 to support art activities and talent shows, you made an investment in this city’s future that will surely pay off.

Zhuo “Tony” Su, Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize
Tony Su, we honor you because you personally have put many lower-income members of the New Haven community in touch with affordable, immediate care for hypertension and glaucoma, and also for your tireless efforts in eliminating impediments to preventive health care for underserved communities.

Van Trinh Quoc Nguyen, Nakanishi Prize
Trinh Nguyen has been described as an exceptionally sensitive, dependable and compassionate leader and mentor. Energetically effective in many organizational roles within the Asian American Cultural Center, she has also brought her vision and maturity to bear on a multitude of successful programs, including the re-launch of an organization that promotes better representation of the various minority ethnicities affiliated with the cultural center. She is held in the highest regard for her contributions to the Cultural Connections program, and for her service as both a peer liaison and a freshman counselor. For her outstanding legacy of fostering intercultural dialogue and enhancing race and ethnic relations at Yale College, we proudly award the Nakanishi Prize to Trinh Nguyen.

Elizabeth Reese, Nakanishi Prize
Elizabeth Reese grew up on the Nambe Pueblo reservation, an experience that made her acutely aware of the injustices and challenges faced by her people. A wise presence within the Native American Cultural Center, educating many of her peers about Native spirituality and culture, she has also sought to expand her own knowledge of the issues faced by Yale’s diverse social groups. Her leadership in the Intercultural Affairs Council, the Inter-Religious Leadership Council, the Multi-faith Council, and Common Ground all testify to the depth of her involvement in combating ethnocentrism and sectarianism. In recognition of her many contributions to race and ethnic relations at Yale College, we are honored to bestow the Nakanishi Prize upon Elizabeth Reese.

Eleanor Hayes-Larson, the James Andrew Haas Prize
Eleanor Hayes-Larson graduates summa cum laude with distinction in the intensive chemistry major, having already been accepted into Yale’s Masters in Public Health Program with concentrations in the epidemiology of microbial disease and global health. She holds a G.P.A. of 3.93 having earned 36 grades of A or A-minus.

A twice-published author on matters of health and chemistry, Ms. Hayes-Larson is equally interested in the bonding that makes communities: she has been a tutor and coach for at-risk children in New Haven, an intramural secretary, a FOOT leader and the head freshman counselor in Calhoun College.

Fascinated by what she sees as an essential relationship between public health and hard science, her work has focused upon the socioeconomic factors intrinsic in certain types of disease. Ms. Hayes-Larson believes that the effective treatment of illness requires a sensitivity to the dynamics and needs of actual communities. To that end, after completing her M.P.H. degree, she will put her training as a chemist to work, developing drugs that will address poverty-related illness.

For her outstanding academic achievements, for her compassion, and for the intellectual and moral leadership she exhibits in everything that she does, Yale College is proud to bestow the James Andrew Haas Memorial Prize upon Eleanor Hayes-Larson.

Grace Needlman, Louis Sudler Prize
Grace Needlman is a painter whose mastery of materials, techniques and ideas demonstrates remarkable maturity and sophistication. Her recent works depict psychologically charged family scenes observed through the eyes of a strangely serene child orbited by a crowd of grotesque adults. Melding personal, iconic and popular imagery, she has demonstrated a voracious and disciplined research practice and an impressive ability to absorb ideas and put them in the service of her vision. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Needlman is a recipient of fellowships to study in Berlin, Delhi and at the Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk. As a scholar and an artist, she pursues all she does with passion and dedication.

For achievement in art, Yale College is proud to award the Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the arts to Grace Farver Needlman.

Jeremy Balkam Lent, Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize
It is hard to imagine what Jeremy Lent has not done while at Yale, and what he has not done exceedingly well, including earning distinction in his major of mathematics and philosophy. An executive editor of The Yale Philosophy Review, he is also the co-captain of the Yale Road Running Club, a multi-year FOOT leader and longtime member of the Yale Russian Chorus. His grades — 34 of A and two of A-minus — ensured his election to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, where his talent for leadership was recognized by his election as undergraduate president of Yale’s Alpha Chapter of the society.

In recognition of his exemplary achievements, Yale College is proud to bestow the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize this year upon Jeremy Alan Balkam Lent.

Emily Waldman, Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize
Emily Anne Waldman has consistently excelled at Yale, from her freshman year in Directed Studies to her completion of her humanities major with distinction, earning along the way 34 grades of A and two of A-minus. Awarded various prizes for her scholarship and writing throughout her years at Yale, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa after only four terms of enrollment. This past term, one of Ms. Waldman’s instructors wrote that she “outperform[ed] all the graduate students in both her class participation and in her own presentation,” and that her work demonstrates “an impressive ability to subsume anything she encounters into her subject of interest.”

In recognition of her extraordinary achievements as a student, writer, and scholar, Yale College is proud to award the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize this year to Emily Anne Waldman.

Brendan Dill, Arthur Twining Hadley Prize
Brendan Eddings Dill was awarded Yale’s Hart Lyman Prize last year, as the junior with the best record of intellectual and social accomplishment. Named to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, he graduates tomorrow with distinction in cognitive science. He has recorded an astounding cumulative G.P.A. of 3.99, having earned one grade of A- minus and 37 grades of straight A.

Mr. Dill has worked in numerous labs at Yale and as a tutor in the Writing Center. He has served as the neuroscience editor for Yale Review of Undergraduate Research in Psychology and as president of The Apostles, a weekly intellectual and philosophical discussion group. In his spare time he was also a member of the Whiffenpoofs.

In recognition of his extraordinary record and his promise of future success, Yale College proudly confers the Arthur Twining High Scholarship Prize this year upon Brendan Eddings Dill.

Rebecca Linfield, Russell Henry Chittenden Prize
Rebecca Yaffa Linfield was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior year and graduates with distinction in her major of mathematics and philosophy. But “distinction” merely hints at the excellence of her entire academic record at Yale: she has earned an A or A- minus in every one of her courses, with 38 grades of straight A.

Ms. Linfield has balanced her superb achievement in the classroom with a range of activities at Yale and beyond. Because of her fine judgment and deep compassion, she was selected to serve on the Sexual Harassment Grievance Board. She has also served as the head coach for Girls Run, an organization that provides mentoring to New Haven public school students through athletics. In addition she was a sexton at the Slifka Center and organized numerous celebrations of Jewish holidays in her residential college.

In recognition of her tireless commitment to academic excellence, Yale College proudly awards the Russell Henry Chittenden Prize to Rebecca Yaffa Linfield.

Justin Lowenthal, Alpheus Henry Snow Prize
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Justin Lowenthal graduates summa cum laude with distinction in biomedical engineering, having earned 44.5 course credits with 39.5 course credits of straight A. He served on Yale’s Committee on Science and Quantitative Reasoning, was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society during his junior year, and is the 2011 recipient of the D. Allan Bromley Prize in Biomedical Engineering.

Beyond the classroom and the laboratory, Mr. Lowenthal has made a name for himself in University concert halls, on campus athletic fields and within his residential college. A vocalist, he performed widely as a member of “Out of the Blue,” helping to organize that group’s international tour. A superb athlete, he pitched for Yale Club Baseball, serving as treasurer of the team, even as he excelled in a wide range of intramural sports. As a freshman counselor, he distinguished himself as a generous mentor to first-year students who have praised his enthusiasm, good humor and genuine interest in their well-being.

Following graduation, Mr. Lowenthal will become a fellow in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health prior to entering an M.D.-Ph.D. program. To these endeavors he brings his extraordinary skills as a scholar and scientist, a profound commitment to his peers, and a record of athletic and artistic distinction.

For all that he has done and in admiring anticipation of all he will do, Yale College takes great pleasure in bestowing the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize upon Justin Isaac Lowenthal.

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