NSF Honors 13 Williams Students and Alumni

Print Story | Email Story

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The National Science Foundation has awarded research fellowships to 10 Williams College students and alumni.

In addition, the NSF has awarded honorable mentions to three Williams graduates. The NSF fellowships support graduate study in the natural and social sciences.

The 10 Williams fellowship recipients are Shaan Amin, class of 2015, who studies political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Garrett Anstreicher, class of 2015, who studies economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Rebecca Frances Durst, class of 2017, who studies applied mathematics at Brown University; Rachel Alana Essner, class of 2016, who studies neurosciences at Harvard University; Roya Eskandari Huang, class of 2017, who studies developmental biology at Harvard University; Bijan Henrik Mazaheri, class of 2016, who studies computational and data-enabled science at the California Institute of Technology; Olivia Shira Meyerson, class of 2016, who studies evolutionary biology at Harvard University; Anya Michaelsen, class of 2019, who will study mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley; Stephanie Eu-Tien Stacy, class of 2017, who studies statistics at the University of California-Los Angeles; and Abigail Rose Zimmermann-Niefield, class of 2015, who studies technology education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Honorable mentions went to Alice Chapman and Alice Stears from the class of 2015 and Gabriela Suarez from the class of 2017.  



With support from the NSF Fellowship, Michaelsen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall, focusing in the broad area of algebra. A mathematics major from Burke, Va., she is aiming for a career in academia.

"I have always been passionate about math and want to keep learning after Williams," Michaelson said. "Professors have been hugely influential on my life and academic passions, and I hope to have a similar impact on those I teach in the future."

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, was founded in 1950 to further U.S. leadership in the sciences. Since its inception it has supported graduate research and awards more than 1,000 research fellowships each year.

 


Tags: Williams College,   

0 Comments
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to info@iberkshires.com.

Williamstown Select Board Seeks New Proposal on Parking Regulations

By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff

Michele Gietz, who owns Where'd You Get That on Spring Street, objects to changes in parking regulations downtown at Monday's Select Board meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board hit the brakes Monday on proposed changes to town parking bylaws.

Town Manager Jason Hoch at the Oct. 7 meeting presented a series of changes outlined in a memo from Police Chief Kyle Johnson. Together, Hoch and Johnson took stock of the town's parking rules over the last year after substantial completion of the construction on and around Spring and Latham streets prompted a revision to the spots designated as legal in the town's bylaws.

From that conversation sprung a wider evaluation of the bylaws and proposals that would impact parking throughout the town, from lifting the ban on overnight parking to taking time limits off Park Street. Hoch said at the Oct. 7 meeting that he hoped to give the board time to consider the proposals before approving any changes at its Oct. 21 meeting.

But at that Oct. 21 meeting, all five members of the Select Board said they had heard many concerns from residents about the changes.

"We've heard from a lot of folks," said Chairman Jeffrey Thomas, particularly comments in regards to potentially allowing overnight parking Spring Street lot and changes on Park Street. "These are great. We love to hear from the community."

Three members from the community came out Monday to be heard. 

First, the Rev. Nathaniel Anderson, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church on Park Street, spoke against lifting time limits on Park Street. While churches tend to be "underutilized" buildings outside of Sunday services, St. John's is not.

View Full Story

More Williamstown Stories