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May 22, 1997 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago students and faculty again win top honors

University of Chicago students and faculty are once again winning many of the top honors traditionally announced at the end of the academic year by a range of prestigious institutions. The honors include the following:

  • Francois Furet, professor in Social Thought and a leading authority on the French Revolution, was elected to the Academie Francaise, France’s premier intellectual society. The academy - whose members are called “The Immortals” - was founded in 1634 by Cardinal Richelieu and has counted among its members academics and writers, including Victor Hugo, Jean Racine and Voltaire.

  • Six faculty members have been named Guggenheim fellows for 1997 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Chicago has the second highest number of faculty members awarded Guggenheim fellowships this year, tied with UCLA and surpassed only by Harvard, which received seven awards. The awards are given each year to 164 scholars, artists and scientists based on unusually distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

  • Nine Chicago students received Fulbright-Hays Fellowships for 1997-1998 to support Ph.D. research in non-Western countries. This is the tenth time in 11 years that Chicago has had more students than at any other school in the nation. The fellowships are given by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Two Chicago college students were among 40 American students named as Marshall Scholars for 1997. They both will attend Oxford University in England next fall. The Marshall Scholarship, financed by the British government, provides academically excellent American students with full tuition and expenses for two or three years of study at a British university.

  • Two Chicago college seniors and three recent graduates are among 85 recipients of 1997 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies. Chicago claimed the second-highest number of Mellon Fellowships this year, a distinction it shared with Duke and Yale. Harvard led with six winners, while Princeton and Stanford each followed with four.

  • Five graduate students are among 35 recipients of this year’s Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. Chicago was tied with Harvard University for having the greatest number of winners. The fellowship supports work on ethical or religious values.

  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected five University faculty members to be among 151 new fellows elected to the academy, bringing the total number of Chicago faculty members who belong to the academy to 130.

  • A computer program developed by Chicago linguistics professor John Goldsmith and Microsoft Corp. to makes computers sound like human beings was chosen by Discover Magazine in April as one of 35 finalists in the 1997 Discover Awards for Technological Innovation. The finalists, which represent the forefront of invention and technology, were chosen from 4,000 nominees from around the world.

  • Chicago graduate students are two of three winners in a nationwide competition for the Kaiser Permanente Post-Graduate Fellowships. It is the first time two students at the same university have won the awards. The fellowships are given to students interested in health care administration and they offer salary for eight months of training in a hospital, eight months of training in a physician group in California and eight months of training in corporate management.

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