Eleven Hunter Students Named 2010 Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellows
40 CUNY students recently scored their third prestigious win in the academic sweepstakes - and 11 of them are at Hunter.
In a ceremony held at the CUNY Graduate Center on October 14, the 40 students were inducted into the Thomas W. Smith Fellowship Program - which guarantees them full tuition support throughout their undergraduate studies. The fellowships, which are awarded to recognize academic excellence, are given to students in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly the CUNY Baccalaureate Program).
The CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies is itself highly selective: it accepts students who have the maturity and academic ability to formulate their own course of study with a faculty committee. These students get their degrees from CUNY but they choose a “home” school from among the University’s senior colleges.
The eleven new fellows whose home school is Hunter are: Tyler Alterman, whose fields are social psychology and communications design; Dee Bramlett, whose program is in comparative religion; Daniel Cowen, cinematic perspectives on religion; Athena Huckaby, gender and the politics of healthcare; Daniel Kennedy, media management in performing arts; Jackelyn Mariano, immigrant community organizing; Mya Marshall, Hebrew studies and creative writing; Amy Miu, classical studies, archeology and German; Ana Moran, social entrepreneurship and food studies; Jaimie Stettin, literature and cinema; and Suzy (Sook Kyung) Yi, art installation and Buddhist studies.
Four of the new Smith Fellows - Alterman, Cowen, Marshall and Stettin - are also in the Macaulay Honors College, a strongly competitive CUNY-wide program that provides financial support along with access to special internship, advising, and cultural opportunities.
Thomas W. Smith, a widely known philanthropist, has been funding the fellowships to students in the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for 15 years.
Published on November 18, 2010