University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Jewett and Sherbrook Share Hannah Howard Prize

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's office is pleased to announce that this year there was a tie for the Hannah Howard Prize and the recipients were Georgia Jewett and Evan M. Sherbrook.  The Hannah Howard Prize is awarded to an undergraduate senior(s) who has achieved the highest grade point average in the college while enrolled on a full-time basis.

Ms. Jewett came to the University of Vermont after working at the King’s Academy in Jordan, a co-educational boarding school established by King Abdallah II to recreate in his homeland his own experience at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.  Ms. Jewett, a proud graduate of Deerfield, helped to inculcate the Deerfield tradition at the King’s Academy.  She then spent her first year as an undergraduate at the American University of Beirut, where she began her liberal arts curriculum and studied Arabic. 

In her three years at UVM, Ms. Jewett has constructed an enviable record.  She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and also won the highest award given by the Political Science Department, the Elliott Brown Award.  She wrote a very good college honors thesis on the use of foreign aid in the American relationship with Egypt in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Ms. Jewett has been accepted into the very competitive Teach for America program and will be teaching in South Carolina beginning in the fall.

Evan Sherbrook is a native Vermonter who graduated from Lyndon Institute, an independent high school and boarding school located in the village of Lyndon Center, in the town of Lyndon, Vermont. In Evan’s sophomore year at UVM, he took organic chemistry, the field that deals with carbon-based molecules of life and is the basis of all of our drugs.  Although he was excited about chemistry before, Evan could not stop talking about organic chemistry.  Evan received the Chemistry Department’s sophomore award for excellence in the study of organic chemistry.  He also received the department’s third-year Merck Index award and the fourth-year award, the American Chemical Society Green Mountain Section Award, for outstanding performance both in academic study and in research.

Evan has taken a range of courses at UVM, and as evidenced by the Hannah Howard Prize, he has excelled in all.  However, his love and enthusiasm for chemistry rises above all.  Not only has he completed the undergraduate curriculum coursework, but he has also finished most of the coursework that graduate students take in chemistry.  Evan also did research in organic chemistry during the academic year as well as during the summer.  His research advisor, Professor Stephen Waters, commented that, compared to other students, Evan displayed an uncommonly strong discipline, personal motivation, and drive for both research and academic studies.

Evan will continue to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin for his graduate studies in organic chemistry this fall.