Students and Alumnae Honored with Major Scholarships and Grants

fellowships & grants Every year, outstanding Barnard students and alumnae earn scholarships, fellowships, and awards that reward their intellectual curiosity, commitment to public service, and academic success. Barnard College is thrilled to announce and congratulate the recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Karen Blank Award | Katie Angen ’18

This award is given annually to a Barnard senior student-athlete who exemplifies the qualities of academic success, athletic achievement, strong sporting behavior, and commitment to the community. Angen is the second consecutive honoree from the Columbia fencing team, having won the championship-clinching meet with the University of Pennsylvania this season and served as captain for the past two years.


Davis Projects for Peace Grant | Clarety Kaseke ’19

Davis grants support projects that will contribute to peace and a better world. Kaseke is a biochemistry major who will travel to Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, this summer, calling on her experience at the African Development Group and her position with Columbia University IT to establish an education and career advising center for local students. The center will provide resources including internet and textbook access, summer tutoring, and college prep; Kaseke hopes this will help improve education and provide skills that broaden opportunities.



Fulbright Scholarship Program

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, which supports recipients as they undertake teaching or research projects—or a combination of the two—and teach English while attending foreign colleges or universities. The program offers more than 500 awards each year in over 125 countries.

Madeline Finkel ’17 | ArgentinaFinkel double-majored in psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, completing two honors theses on substance use, and has worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute over the past three years. In Argentina, Finkel will study the efficacy of school- and nightlife-based substance abuse interventions pioneered by a Buenos Aires-based NGO. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in behavioral and public health and develop substance use interventions in the U.S.

Tejashree Gopal ’18 | IndiaGopal, a neuroscience and behavior major, has been involved with several Columbia University Medical Center projects that aim to improve the diagnoses of acute kidney injuries. She will spend next year in Pondicherry, India, conducting a study that tests for the presence of a protein that distinguishes between kidney damage and volume depletion. Gopal eventually plans to attend medical school and continue working on global health issues.

Paige Lerman ’18 | AustraliaLerman will graduate with a custom major in science, technology, and society and has engaged in fieldwork in recovery-oriented mental healthcare reform in New York City. In Australia, Lerman will conduct fieldwork at an inpatient psychiatric unit, examining barriers to the utilization of advance statements, which help patients retain agency and autonomy in their psychiatric treatment. She eventually plans to pursue an MD/MPH and stay active in public health research and policy reform.

Annika Reno ’18 | MalaysiaReno double majored in political science and human rights and has taught health in New York City public high schools through the Peer Health Exchange. During her junior year, she spent a semester studying human rights and

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