University of Vermont Rhodes Scholars
In November 2009, Honors College senior Dan Koenemann travelled to New York City as one of ten finalists in District 1 (Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey) of the Rhodes Scholarship competition. Dan was not ultimately one of the two winners, but simply to be chosen as a finalist in this most prestigious of scholarship competitions is a tremendous honor, a resounding acknowledgement of Dan's numerous achievements while at UVM.
A biology major and student athlete with a 4.0 GPA, Dan has found several faculty mentors at UVM, chief among them Professor David Barrington, a plant biologist in whose lab Dan has worked since his sophomore year. Drawing on work he had done as a sophomore in one of Professor Barrington's courses on evolutionary biology, Dan applied for and won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2007. The Goldwater is awarded to about 300 outstanding American undergraduates a year (from a pool of about 1500) in the fields of science, math and engineering. In the summer of 2008, Dan was given the opportunity to deepen his research in evolutionary plant biology when he was selected for a coveted internship at the New York Botanical Gardens. He plans to continue his research as a graduate student, and is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in the U.S. for the Fall of 2010. Dan is also considering a religious vocation with the goal of one day being a priest-professor at a university like Georgetown, or the Catholic University of America.
Kesha Ram, a 2008 Honors College graduate, was a 2007 Rhodes Scholarship finalist.An Honors College senior from California, Kesha was also named a Truman Scholar in 2007. She was the first Truman winner at UVM since 1995. Ram, a former SGA president, was also a student in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, where she received a double major in natural resources and political science. The highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship - approximately 80 are awarded nationwide - provides $30,000 to juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Winners also receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission to premier graduate institutions and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Prior to her winning the Truman, Kesha was selected as a McNair Scholar during the summer of 2006 in recognition for her involvement in campus activities.
As a McNair Scholar, Kesha participated in summer research, working on a project entitled, Preventing Environmental Injustice: A Tale of Two Cities. As a sophomore, Kesha received a $5000 Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, the premier undergraduate environmental scholarship, becoming one of 80 students from 59 colleges across the country to win the award. She, together with Zachary Ewell, were the first-ever Udall winners from UVM. In addition to her scholarship awards, Kesha spent the fall of 2006 in an internship in Washington, DC, in the office of Senator Diane Feinstein, D-California.
Prior to her election as this year's SGA president, she served as a senator to the Student Government Association during the 2005-06 academic year. She also served as a member of the UVM President's Commission on Racial Diversity, as well as the student representative on the UVM Board of Trustees Executive Committee. Kesha was also the 2007 student life award winner, and recipient of the Environment Citizen Award for her outstanding commitment to the environment.
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