• Holly Laird '07 won a 2007 Joseph D. Everingham Award, which recognizes a single creative outstanding performance or notable creative accomplishments in theater arts by a graduating senior. In this picture, taken during the spring 2005 Shakespeare Ensemble production of "Othello," she plays Iago.

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  • Two winners of arts awards rehearse with the MIT Wind Ensemble. At left is Christine Yu, winner of a 2007 Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Award. At right is Lori Huberman, winner of the 2007 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.

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Arts awards


Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts--for excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in the arts
- Lori Huberman 2007, Biology, Raleigh, NC

Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Award--for achievement in the creative and performing arts
- Hope Ginsburg G, Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, MA
- Diana Nee 2007, Architecture, Arcadia, CA
- Christine Yu 2007, Chemical Engineering, Laurel, MD

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize--in recognition of artistic talent and creative concepts based on a body of work and written personal statements
- 1st Prize: Hope Ginsburg G, Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, MA
- 2nd Prize: Katherine James G, Architecture, Watertown, MA; Neri Oxman G, Architecture, Caesarea, Israel
- Honorable Mention: Stephanie Hsu G, Architecture, Winter Park, FL

Music and Theater Awards

Epstein Award--for distinguished service and musical contribution to the MIT Symphony Orchestra
- Matthew Roitstein 2007, Architecture, Valencia, CA

Gregory Tucker Memorial Prize--in recognition of exceptional ability in performance and overall contribution to the music and theater arts section
- Jeffery Easley 2008, Chemical Engineering, Spring, TX
- Elisabeth Hon G, EECS, Fort Myers, FL

Philip Loew Memorial Awards--in recognition of creative accomplishment in music
- Justin Lo 2007, Biological Engineering, Chapel Hill, NC
- Cynthia Whitney 2007, Mathematics, Potomac, MD
- Nina Young 2007, Ocean Engineering, New City, NY

Brad and Dorothea Endicott Award--for distinguished service and musical contribution to world music
- Kristen Burrall 2008, CEE, Elk Grove, CA

Everett Longstreth Jazz Award--for distinguished service and musical contribution to the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
- Colllin Johnson 2007, EECS, Layton, UT
- Christopher Kottke G, Mathematics, Cambridge, MA

Richard and Jody Nordlof Award--for distinguished service and musical contribution to the MIT Wind Ensemble
- Heidi Holley 2007, Biology, Poudre Canyon, CO and Eulenbis, Germany
- Kurt Stiehl 2007, Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

Ragnar and Margaret Naess Award--for exceptional talent and commitment to private performance study as an Emerson Fellow
- Lindy Blackburn G, Physics, Encinitas, CA
- Crystal Chao 2008, EECS, Edison, NJ
- Jae Hyeok Choi G, CEE, Seoul, Korea
- Albert Chow 2008, Chemical Engineering, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Jeffery Easley 2008, Chemical Engineering, Spring, TX
- Elisabeth Hon G, EECS, Fort Myers, FL
- Serenus Hua 2007, Biology, Lincroft, NJ
- Xiaoming "Sherman" Jia G, EECS, Roslyn Heights, NY
- Nicholas Joliat 2010, Lexington, MA
- Pavitra Kumar G, Management, London, U.K.
- Yee-Kwan "Anna" Lo 2008, Linguistics and Philosophy, Hong Kong, China
- Matthew Roitstein 2007, Architecture, Valencia, CA
- Yang Yang 2007, EECS, Acton, MA
- Joey Zhou 2007, EECS, Richardson, TX

Ragnar and Margaret Naess Awards--for exceptional talent and commitment to private performance study as Emerson Scholars
- Thomas Carr 2009, Music, Fredericksburg, VA, as an exceptional pianist
- Jodie-Marie Fernandes 2009, EECS, Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, as an exceptional vocalist
- Cai GoGwilt 2010, New York, NY, as an exceptional cellist
- Christine Hsueh 2009, Biology, Fremont, CA, as an exceptional pianist
- Jun Liu 2007, BCS, as an exceptional pianist
- Simone Ovsey 2009, Northridge, CA, as an exceptional percussionist

Edward S. Darna Award--for excellence in theater arts and a substantial contribution to the health of theater life on the MIT campus
- Kim Boddy 2007, Physics, Albuquerque, NM
- Yuri Podpaly 2007, Physics, Sharon, MA

Joseph D. Everingham Award--for a single creative outstanding performance or notable creative accomplishments in theater arts by a graduating senior
- Holly Laird 2007, Mechanical Engineering, Duxbury, MA
- Elizabeth V. "Elvie" Stephanopoulos 2007, Economics, Winchester, MA

Other Awards

Kelly-Douglas Traveling Fellowships--for travel that supports study in the humanities or arts for summer 2007
- Ali Alhassani 2008, Mechanical Engineering, Natick, MA
- Hoong Yuen Chee 2008, Aero-Astro
- Lara Kostun 2008, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
- Jonas Kubilius 2008, Mathematics, Vilnius, Lithuania
- Yi-Hsin Lin 2009, Mathematics, New York, NY
- Erik Lin-Greenberg 2009, Political Science, Henderson, NV
- Jennifer Yeh 2007, BCS and Political Science, Fairfield, CA

Awards for travel during IAP 2007
- Stephen Gerrard 2008, Chemical Engineering
- Sarah Leu 2007, Biology, Lansdale, PA
- Farah Ghniem 2007, Civil Engineering, Amman, Jordan
- Delbert Green 2008, Biology, Opelousas, LA
- Kriti Jain 2007, Biology, Chapel Hill, NC
- Nicki Lehrer 2007, Aero-Astro, Rockville, MD
- Cynthis Ramirez 2008, Management, East Chicago, IN
- Maria Salinas 2008, Management, San Antonio, TX
- Rachel Shearer 2008, EECS, San Diego, CA
- Bethany Tanner 2008, Mechanical Engineering
- Jingwen Tao 2009, Management, Houston, TX

Austin Kelly III Essay Prizes--for scholarly or critical essays judged to be outstanding in one of the humanities fields or some interdisciplinary combination
- 1st Prize: Margaret Rosenburg 2007, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and Physics, Cortlandt Manor, NY
- 2nd Prize: Anna Wexler 2007, BCS, Fair Lawn, NJ

The 2006-2007 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes Competition

Boit Manuscript Prize--Drama
- 1st Prize: Mei-Hsin Cheng 2009, Biology, Fredericksburg, VA

Boit Manuscript Prize--Essay
- 1st Prize: Han Zhu 2009, Biological Engineering, Canton, MI
- 2nd Prize: Jiao Wang 2008, Chemical and Biological Engineering and Writing, Bronx, NY

Boit Manuscript Prize--Fiction
- 1st Prize: Minah Shahbaz 2009, Chemical Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan
- 2nd Prize: Farah Ghniem 2007, CEE, Amman, Jordan
- Honorable Mention: Michael Obilade 2008, BCS, Owensboro, KY

Boit Manuscript Prize--Poetry
- 1st Prize: Dan Levine 2008, Aero-Astro, Boca Raton, FL
- 2nd Prize: Lisa Wang 2009, Chemical Engineering, San Jose, CA
- Honorable Mention: Gillian Conahan 2010, undeclared

Ellen King Prize for Freshman Writing
- 1st Prize: Marguerite Siboni 2010, Mechanical Engineering
- 2nd Prize: Sarah Dupuis-Kornreich 2010, Writing
- Honorable Mention: Jasmin Figueroa 2010, Chemical Engineering

Enterprise Poets Prize in Imagining a Future
- 1st Prize: Nancy Hua 2007, Mathematics and Writing, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2nd Prize: Gillian Conahan 2010, undeclared

Prize for Writing Science Fiction
- 1st Prize: Gillian Conahan 2010, undeclared
- 2nd Prize: Zachary Wissner-Gross 2007, Physics and Biology, New Hyde Park, NY
- Honorable Mention: Madeleine Sheldon-Dante 2007, Physics, Penn Valley, PA

The Robert A. Boit Writing Prize--Essay
- 1st Prize: Farah Ghniem 2007, CEE, Amman, Jordan
- 1st Prize: Anna Wexler 2007, BCS
- 2nd Prize: Matthew Petersen 2009, Aero-Astro, Summit, NJ
- 3rd Prize: Kaitlin Kamrowski 2008, BCS, Garden City, NY
- Honorable Mention: Joel Yuen 2007, Chemistry and Mathematics, Mexico City, Mexico

The Robert A. Boit Writing Prize--Poetry
- 1st Prize: Zachary Smith 2008, Biology, Brewster, MA
- 2nd Prize: Samantha Weiss 2008, Chemical Engineering, Lincoln, RI
- 3rd Prize: Nancy Hua 2007, Mathematics and Writing, Canton, MI
- Honorable Mention: Farah Ghniem 2007, CEE, Amman, Jordan

The Robert A. Boit Writing Prize--Short Story
- 1st Prize: Nadja Oertelt 2007, BCS
- 2nd Prize: Joao Paulo Mattos Almeida 2008, Chemical and Biological Engineering, West Harrison, NY
- 3rd Prize: Gillian Conahan 2010, undeclared
- Honorable Mention: Farah Ghniem 2007, CEE, Amman, Jordan

S. Klein Prize for Scientific and Technical Writing
- 1st Prize: Karen Lingyun Chu 2008, EECS and Mechanical Engineering, State College, PA
- 2nd Prize: Raj Singh G, Linguistics and Philosophy
- Honorable Mention: William Buttinger 2008, Physics

DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public
- 1st Prize: Derrick S. Boone Jr. 2008, Chemical Engineering, Clemmons, NC
- 2nd Prize: Anna Wexler 2007, BCS and Writing

Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies Prize for Engineering Writing
- 1st Prize: Jonathan M. Long 2008, EECS, San Antonio, TX

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2007 (download PDF).


Topics: Arts, Awards, honors and fellowships

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