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today's global environment, students are outward looking, eager
to learn about world events, and open to diverse points of view.
They seek out courses that offer broad cultural perspectives, and
they are enrolling in foreign language classes in unprecedented
With an award from the new Kenan endowment, Nia Rodgers (Architecture
'02) used mapping techniques to reveal the role of African
Americans in shaping the University.
of course, they have an intuitive grasp of information technology.
This is a generation that was born with the IBM PC, and they expect
to work in an environment in which the technology for acquiring
and presenting information and for working collaboratively is readily
available. We provide such an environment. Indeed, Yahoo! Internet
Life has ranked the University as the ninth most wired institution
in the nation.
Options for Learning
the very real -- and worthy expectations -- of our students is one
of the driving forces behind our Virginia 2020 and Envision planning
processes. We can already see the results of our efforts across
the Grounds. In 2001-2002, the University introduced educational
programs that reflect the emergence of new areas of study, that
tap into the unique strengths of our faculty, and that involve multiple
disciplines. An example is the new interdisciplinary major in Environmental
Thought and Practice, an area of growing student interest as concerns
about population growth, sustainability, and climate change move
environmental issues to the fore. This program draws on faculty
expertise in the Institute for Practical Ethics, the Law School's
Center for Environmental Studies, and the College's Environmental
new interdisciplinary major, Human Biology, takes advantage of the
University's outstanding faculty in law, medicine, bioethics, public
health, health policy, and health evaluation. Likewise, the new
major in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law combines courses
in history, economics, philosophy, law, politics, and foreign affairs.
Generous gifts from Charles R. Cory (College '77, Law '82, Darden
'82) and from an anonymous donor will endow new faculty chairs in
this cross-disciplinary field. In the Engineering School, the state
has approved a new B.S. degree in Computer Engineering, in which
students will grasp the fundamentals of computer science, electrical
engineering, and other relevant fields. As one would expect in the
digital age, undergraduates are flocking to the program.
The Firsthand Pursuit of Knowledge
fulfill our students' desire to pursue learning beyond the classroom,
we are determined to make independent research, conducted collaboratively
with faculty mentors, the hallmark of our upper-division programs.
The Faculty Senate's research awards have given undergraduates the
opportunity to take on such scholarly projects under rigorous academic
standards. Made possible by the generosity of the late David A.
Harrison III (College '39, Law '41), grants of up to $3,000 have
been awarded to second- and third-year students based on the quality
of their research proposals. In recent years, projects have ranged
from an analysis of soil respiration in the rain forest to an examination
of taste bud structure to an investigation of the molecular properties
of nanoparticles. Some projects take place in laboratories on the
Grounds; others involve field work in this country and abroad. Complementing
the Harrison Awards, the Office of the President funds undergraduate
summer research fellowships, and the College has created an office
devoted to undergraduate research. It will act as a clearinghouse
for research opportunities, both at the University and around the
country, and it will help students develop grant proposals and to
showcase their work. Students have established an undergraduate
research network and have begun publishing their own scholarly journal,
The Oculus, which takes its name from the skylight in the
Rotunda. Another program, sponsored by the William R. Kenan Jr.
Endowment Fund for the Academical Village, offers competitive awards
of up to $4,000 for student research on the history of the University.
The first round of awards supported projects on such topics as the
role of African Americans in University life over time, the history
of McCormick Observatory and Jefferson's plans for the study of
astronomy, and the recollections of former Lawn residents.
Our Global Perspective
study-abroad programs have taken students to Shanghai, above,
as well as to Rabat, Morocco; Lyon, France; St. Petersburg,
Russia; and other cities overseas.
Virginia 2020 Commission on International Activities set an ambitious
goal of boosting student participation in study-abroad programs
from 15 percent to 80 percent over the next two decades. To meet
this target, the University has reinvigorated the International
Studies Office and has begun to create a study-abroad program for
every undergraduate major. These programs will be intellectually
rigorous, will be aligned to the University curriculum, and will
carry full University credit. This is an important issue, for there
is little room in most students' schedules for pass/fail transfer
credits that cannot be applied to the requirements for a degree.
fruits of these efforts were evident this past summer, as groups
of students traveled to Russia, Morocco, France, China, and South
Africa for courses taught by University faculty. The summer programs
in France and Russia are outgrowths of successful exchange programs
already in place, while in Morocco, China, and South Africa, the
summer programs represent the first steps in a process that could
lead to semester- or year-long initiatives. They join a host of
existing programs in locales as diverse as Jodhpur, India; Valencia,
Spain; and Kyoto, Japan.
exchange program established in 2001 pairs the School of Architecture
with Bradenburg University of Technology-Cottbus, one of Germany's
premier institutions in the study of architecture and planning.
And in the fall 2002 semester, our students began taking part in
a full-credit University of Virginia program affiliated with the
New York University Center in London.
University has earned an "A" from Yahoo! Internet Life
for its technological capabilities. It received its highest ratings
in infrastructure, student services, and e-learning, but was judged
only adequate in wireless capacity. This is about to change. The
Department of Information Technology and Communication installed
200 wireless access points in areas where students work and study,
including the Lawn, Alderman and Clemons Libraries, and most of
the classrooms on Grounds.
of faculty members have already capitalized on the educational advantages
of this network. Economics professor Charles Holt has devised a
series of classroom exercises that lead students to an understanding
of specific economic theories. As part of a $2.5 million grant from
the National Science Foundation, he purchased a set of wireless
handheld computers so that all the students in a class can log onto
the Web, complete these exercises, and compare results, whether
they are sitting in a classroom or in the shade of a tree along
Importance of Graduate Life
University's graduate students play a triple role at the University:
they are here to learn, to assist in learning, and to advance research.
Graduate students, working closely with faculty members, collaborate
on research projects that set the stage for their own scholarship.
At the same time, the quality of our graduate programs and the quality
of students who enroll in them are key factors in our ability to
attract and retain the best faculty.
Peter Swendsen is one of the first students in the new Ph.D.
program in music.
is why support for graduate fellowships is vital to the academic
enterprise. Donors such as John H. Birdsall III (College '66), who
recently endowed Jefferson Scholar Graduate Fellowships in music
and art history and a graduate support fund in drama, are making
a profound impact on the University's academic programs. Named for
former University President Edgar F. Shannon, Jr., Mr. Birdsall's
fellowships have helped attract students like composer Peter Swendsen,
who turned down Northwestern to enter the McIntire Department of
Music's new and innovative Ph.D. program, the first of its kind
in Virginia. In art history, the Shannon Fellowship, combined with
the opportunity to work with American art specialist Maurie McInnis,
persuaded doctoral student Jennifer Van Horn to choose the University
recognizing the importance of graduate support, the Faculty Senate
this past year awarded $17,000 dissertation-year fellowships to
eleven graduate students who have shown outstanding promise not
only as scholars but also as teachers.
a dissertation is an intense and difficult process. With funding
from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, English professor Herbert
"Chip" Tucker helped place the dissertation in context
for twelve graduate students in an eight-week summer seminar. Entitled
"Proving Grounds: Hypotheses and Humanities," it examined
the diverse assumptions and methods that shape the way arguments
are formed and pursued in the humanities.
quality of our students is abundantly evident in the prestigious
scholarships and fellowships they have won this past year.
Ryann Collins, a foreign affairs major in the Class
of 2002, is one of eighteen young Americans supported by
Henry Luce Foundation to live and work in Asia. The award
allows her to go to Cambodia, where she is studying the
impact of the Khmer Rouge atrocities. Ms. Collins, who lived
at the new International Residential College in her fourth
year, served as an intern with the United Nations' War Crimes
Tribunal in Rwanda. With a Harrison Undergraduate Research
Award, she conducted a photographic survey of the devastating
effects of the genocide there. When she returned, her disturbing
but stunning photos were exhibited in the Art Department's
under- graduates --
Kurt Mitman (College '04), Daniel Haspel (College
'03), and Shetal Patel (College '03) -- were among
309 students chosen nationwide to receive Goldwater Scholarships,
named in honor of the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The
scholarships are designed to encourage outstanding second-
and third-year students to pursue careers in mathematics,
the natural sciences, and engineering.
students received Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships, which award
up to $50,000 for graduate studies. The recipients are
Anita Gupta (College '02), who will attend medical
school at Vanderbilt. As an undergraduate, she was a member
of Resident Staff and chief of staff of Student Council. A
trained EMT, she was also a triage worker for the Charlottesville
Sarah Hobeika (College '02), now a student in the School
of Law. A Jefferson Scholar and an honor adviser as an undergraduate,
she helped five Afghan women resettle in the United States
after fleeing the Taliban.
Esther Huang (College '02), a Jefferson Scholar who
taught in mission camps in Taiwan before heading to Harvard
Medical School. As an undergraduate, she conducted medical
research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Carey, then dean
of the School of Medicine.
Bryan Maxwell (College '02), a student in the B.A.-M.A.
degree program in English. He has conducted research on the
ethical issues surrounding AIDS treatment, and he intends
to enter Stanford Medical School.
James Puckett (College '02), who is attending law school
at the University. Interested in public interest law, he graduated
a semester early to travel in Europe. He has helped Serbian
refugees by tutoring them in English.
Danna Weiss (College '02), now one of three Americans
in Notre Dame's international master's degree program at the
Kroc Institute for Peace Studies. Her research interests include
religious conflict in the Middle East and North Africa and
prospects for international conflict resolution in these and
students winning honors this past year include James Meyerle
(College '02), the first student from the University to receive
a fellowship from the St. Andrew's Society to attend St. Andrew's
University in Scotland. A political and social thought major,
he intends to pursue a degree in literature, concentrating