UA Students Honored Among Top 100 In Nation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas students Angie Maxwell of Baton Rouge, La., and Robert Jason Reed of Bakersfield, Calif., were among the chosen few Thursday when USA Today saluted the nation's best and brightest students by naming its 2000 All-USA College Academic Team.

Maxwell was selected as a Second Team member while Reed received honorable mention status. They are both Four-Year Honors Scholars in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and placed among the top 100 students nationwide. Students were chosen for the team based on their grades, awards, activities, leadership roles and public service.

Maxwell, who came to the University of Arkansas on a Middle East Studies Scholarship, is majoring in international relations and Middle East Studies. She has been extremely active in student government. Last year, she was Associated Student Government vice-president and this year she was elected president. Because of her outstanding academic record and her commitment to governmental service, she received a Truman Scholarship—a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study. Maxwell was one of three students recognized in the Johns Hopkins Policy Institute Citizenship Essay Contest, and this fall she received a Science Information Liaison Office Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She is currently working on an Honors thesis, "The Influence of J. William Fulbright on the Creation of Israel," with her mentor Sidney Burris, associate professor of English.

Maxwell is the daughter of Scotty and Christine Maxwell of Baton Rouge, La.

Reed, a Sturgis Fellow and National Merit Scholar, is majoring in mathematical sciences. He received SILO Undergraduate Research Fellowships twice and was selected as a Barry Goldwater Scholar in recognition of his accomplishments in mathematics. He participated in Penn State's Mathematics Advanced Study Semester in 1998 and was included in Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. President of Pi Mu Epsilon—the undergraduate math society—since fall of 1996, he has organized a weekly lecture series on mathematics. The Arkansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recently selected Reed to receive the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Scholar's Award. He is working on his honors thesis, "A Study of the Theory of Functions of One Real Variable," with Dmitry Khavinson, professor of mathematical sciences.

The University of California at Berkley accepted Reed early to its highly competitive graduate program in mathematics. He is the son of Robert and Val Reed of Bakersfield, Calif.

Since 1990, the University of Arkansas has had several students recognized in the USA Today competition. Warwick Sabin, a Four-Year Scholar, Sturgis Fellow and political science major, was named to the USA TODAY Academic Team. He received the Marshall Scholarship, the Truman Fellowship and is currently studying at Oxford

Previous students named to honorable mention include Joanna Long, a chemistry major who graduated with a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT and is currently doing postdoctoral work at the University of Washington; Nam Le, a chemistry major who is in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Washington University in St. Louis on a full fellowship; Anna Terry, a Sturgis Fellow, Four-Year Scholar and chemistry and German major who studied abroad last year in Munich, received a SILO Research grant this fall, and has applied this spring for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship; Amy Drake, a biochemistry major currently studying at Johns Hopkins Medical School; Ildiko Stone a biology major in medical school at UAMS, and Jamie Wilson, a Chancellor’s Scholar in the Four-Year Honors program.


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