• Susan Page, 2019 Alumnae Award Recipient

      EVANSTON, Ill. --- Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, is the recipient of The Alumnae of Northwestern University’s 2019 Alumnae Award. Her book, The Mariarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, published in April 2019, is a New York Times best seller. She is now working on a biography of Nancy Pelosi, titled Madam Speaker.
  • POP AMERICA at the BLOCK MUSEUM Sept 21 - Dec 8, 2019

    The Alumnae of Northwestern University is one of the sponsors of Pop América, 1965–1975.
  • US Navy Vice Admiral, Lisa Franchetti (2016 Alumnae Award) receives 2019 Alumni Medal

    Congratulations to US Navy Vice Admiral, Lisa Franchetti (2016 Alumnae Award) as one of three recipients of the 2019 Northwestern Alumni Medal--Northwestern Alumni Association’s highest honor. Her medal was presented at the President's Alumni Panel, Friday, October 25, 2019, at Norris Center. The other recipients are Bridgette Proctor Heller and Yie-Hsin Hung.
  • Dr. Maria Carrillo, 2018 Alumnae Award recipient and Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Dean of The Graduate School

    From The Alumnae of Northwestern University For Immediate Release: October 26, 2018 Dr. Maria Carrillo to Receive 2018 Alumnae Award EVANSTON, Ill. --- Dr. Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer’s Association National Office, Chicago, Illinois, is the recipient of The Alumnae of Northwestern University’s 2018 Alumnae Award.
  • Alumnae Teaching Professors, Susie Phillips 2014 and Nick Davis 2017

    Nick Davis was introduced as the 2017 Teaching Professor, a three year award, at the University Teaching Awards. He is pictured here with Susie Phillips, the previous recipient.  May 22, 2017 Nick Davis Awarded Alumnae Teaching Professorship

Announcements

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 5:47pm

For immediate release: May 10, 2019

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Alumnae of Northwestern University is pleased to honor 13 students who have been named as recipients of the Alumnae Undergraduate Research Grants. Funding for these grants comes from The Alumnae Centennial Endowment for Undergraduate Research, established in 2016 to commemorate the organization’s 100th anniversary. The Endowment, administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research, supports students from all academic areas, giving them opportunities to develop and complete independent research and creative projects across a wide range of fields. These students will work with faculty sponsors this summer to explore answers to questions raised by research projects from many fields of study.

“Undergraduate research allows students to take what they have learned in their classes and use it to try to solve problems they see in the world. They learn creative problem-solving and critical project-management skills across all fields of study. The Alumnae Endowment allows us to expand these incredibly meaningful opportunities to more students, creating an environment where student success becomes the norm,” notes Peter Civetta, director, Office of Undergraduate Education.

“Today, increasing numbers of undergraduates from all disciplines want to pursue research projects on a variety of topics, including music, art, gender studies, biological sciences, American studies, anthropology, global health, chemistry, environmental science and journalism. The Alumnae Centennial Endowment addresses this need by making such opportunities available,” notes The Alumnae president Michele Bresler.

Click on the attachment to read about the students and their undergraduate research projects.


Tue, 05/14/2019 - 5:29pm

EVANSTON, Ill. --- After a review of 63 proposals, The Alumnae of Northwestern University has awarded full or partial funding to 25 projects sponsored by Northwestern entities or schools, including the Block Museum of Art; Deering Library; Norris University Center; School of Communication; Feinberg School of Medicine; The Graduate School; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; McCormick School of Engineering; School of Education and Social Policy; and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“The Grants Committee was impressed by the quality and variety of the proposals submitted. It was quite a challenge to choose recipients from among them,” reports Charlene Shaw, chair of the committee. “The grants provide funding for such worthwhile endeavors as exhibits, stage productions and performances, travel, scientific research and data analysis.”

The comprehensive range of projects includes full or partial funding to: purchase a large format projection system; fund an exhibit about Latin American Pop Art; pilot a program to preserve records from undergraduate student organizations; support the 88th production of Waa-Mu; study the benefits of new hearing aid technologies; professionally print two publications on public health topics; examine the effects of early snowmelt and warmer temperatures on plants; focus on factors limiting germination of numerous native violets in the Midwest; fund a documentary film that traces the birth and maturation of the anti-apartheid movement in the Chicago area from 1980 until the early 1990s; host a Pop-Up Zine, bringing this unique live show storytelling experience to campus; sponsor an innovative survey of Illinois residents that examines how people from different walks of life define “good citizenship;” pilot a Mental Health Ally program through a series of workshops for faculty and students; tackle NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenge that seeks ways to create or develop technologies needed to autonomously develop habitats on Mars; develop a broad engineering design course to create prototype solutions to problems associated with education, health or human services in an international underserved community; fund the Civil and Environmental Engineering Summer Internship Program (CEE SIP); pilot a Humanities Community summer practicum to help students apply their skills in public contexts while helping support nonprofit and community-based organizations in Evanston and Chicago; sponsor the 78th annual Dolphin Show; hold a conference on moral and political philosophy; develop molecularly targeted magnetic resonance imaging agents to help with early detection of brain tumors; sponsor a visit to “West Side Story” for students in History 300 to explore why the play became the iconic American musical; explore, through a book, why so many Hispanics in America continue to vote for Republican candidates; fund a two-day symposium on contemporary African artists’ career strategies as they negotiate the global art market; provide funds for a classroom set of pH meters for general chemistry courses; provide art history students with actual art objects, which can never be fully conveyed by photographs; and conduct safety inspections in different research laboratories using the RSSI Laboratory Safety Walk-Through Checklist.

Read details of all the Grants in the Attachment.

 


Wed, 11/28/2018 - 2:20pm

No further proposals will be accepted. It is now past the deadline of January, 31, 2019, for proposals.


Fri, 01/11/2019 - 3:57pm

Three faculty have been named as recipients of The Alumnae of Northwestern University's Award for Curriculum Development for 2019.  Click to read the article in Northwestern Now, January 11, 2019.


Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:57am

Eight Northwestern students granted STEM scholarships by The Alumnae of Northwestern University

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Alumnae of Northwestern University has selected eight students to receive 2018-2019 Alumnae of Northwestern University STEM scholarships, which are awarded to students who excel in a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Criteria for selection include academic excellence and financial need. The intent of this scholarship is to free students from work commitments so they may more vigorously pursue their chosen area of study and other university endeavors.

“Our members are proud to support these talented and hard-working students pursuing STEM careers in diverse fields, allowing them to continue their studies, do research and actively participate in campus life,” said Ida Cardone, 2018-2019 chair of The Alumnae’s STEM Fellowship Committee. “It was challenging for our committee to select eight recipients from a large field of deserving applicants.”

2018-2019 Recipients:

Victoria Blaga, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences ’20, neuroscience, from West Bloomfield, Michigan, has distinguished herself at Northwestern by being on the dean’s list every quarter between Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. Further, she is a QuestBridge Scholar, a 2017-1018 STEM Scholar, and she has earned the Rensselaer Medal Award in Math and Science. She began a Ukrainian Club at Northwestern in order to bring her rich culture to campus. She plans to attend medical school and begin her own practice. She is exceptionally enthusiastic about neuroscience and wishes to make it part of her future career.

Kayla Carter, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ’20, chemical engineering, from Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a prior STEM Scholar Awardee (2017-2018). Further, she won the D. Mickelson Engineering Scholarship and the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. She describes a devastating amount of adversity that she has overcome with resilience, strength and hope. She is committed to pursuing the area of synthetic biology and nanobiotechnological engineering research in graduate school. She also plans to advocate for women and minorities in STEM.

Claire Hilburger, McCormick ’20, biomedical engineering, from Naperville, Illinois, was awarded a University Research Assistant Program grant for summer research last year, and last quarter, she received the McCormick High Honors Award for achieving a 4.0 grade average. She is eager to pursue graduate studies. She currently works in a bioengineering lab, where she attempts to optimize artificial carriers for future use in drug delivery. She has remained fully confident in herself regardless of what she describes as societal barriers to women in STEM. She seeks to become a role model for other women with aspirations in STEM.

Phoebe (Siyoon) Kwon, Weinberg College ’20, materials science, from Scottsdale, Arizona, has distinguished herself by being on the dean’s list for all seven quarters she has been at Northwestern. She also received the J.G. Nolan Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Last summer she was part of the Posner Fellowship, where she researched synthetic organic chemistry and drug development for Human African Trypanosomiasis and was accepted into the Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Her primary goal is to attend graduate school to seek out research opportunities to find new drugs, therapeutics and technologies to enhance medical care, especially for the underserved. She independently found mentors to support her endeavors in a climate that she describes as lacking in support for women and underrepresented minorities. She is a part of the Northwestern University Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

Andre Schweitzer, McCormick ’20, industrial engineering, from Rio De Janeiro, hopes to simultaneously obtain a master’s degree in transportation systems. While in high school, he led a community service organization that received first place in the Brazil Prudential Spirit of Community Award competition. He was selected as salutatorian and best performing math student in his high school graduating class. At Northwestern, he was on the dean’s list three times and received two high honors in math. He hopes to work in developing economies, especially in Latin America, to create and maintain efficient transportation systems, especially in terms of logistic planning and long-term returns. He describes the challenges he has faced as an international student to “catch up” with classmates who have stronger backgrounds than he, for example, in chemistry.

Lauren Virginia Simitz McCormick ’21, chemical engineering, is from Walnut Creek, California. In high school, she was class valedictorian and received her district’s highest math award. At Northwestern, she was on the dean’s list with honors for fall and winter quarter. In freshman year, she was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Environmental Engineering Department and received a design award with her team for a solar-powered car. She was selected for the University of California Berkley’s graduate business program for aspiring entrepreneurs and aspires to be an environmental expert, investigating sustainable technology and creating green legislation. She plans to pursue graduate work abroad that focuses on the preservation of health and the planet. Being female and Native American has led to challenges for Simitz, who describes her tribe as viewing chemical engineering as a way the oil industry threatens their way of life. She reports male colleagues and her research group treating her differently because she is a woman. She has sought support by working with the student government and the Society for Women Engineers.

Abigail Smith, McCormick ’21, industrial engineering, from Aurora, Colorado, was valedictorian of her high school class, received multiple departmental awards and was a four year varsity athlete. At Northwestern, she was selected to be a Murphy Scholar through the Murphy Institute within McCormick. Further, she has started her own company, RefundGenius. Through her STEM studies, she hopes to have the tools to answer difficult questions through unconventional solutions. In her first quarter of freshman year, she reports learning a vital lesson through her design class. The requirement was to overcome a problem and work as a team with a real-world client. She and her team needed to work with a plethora of professional people and make the best decisions they could.

Javan Whitney-Warner, McCormick ’20, chemical engineering, from Columbia, Missouri, is a QuestBridge, Ryan, and National Merit Scholar. Additionally, she made the dean’s list for two quarters and is an active member of Engineers for a Sustainable World’s Smart Tree Project team. She has two main goals as she pursues her studies in chemical engineering: to save the world through green technology and to improve the livelihoods of people with chronic illnesses through drug development. An important challenge for her is that no one in her family has had the education she now pursues. Further, she has a painful medical condition, but that did not prevent her from taking a significant chemistry exam – an accomplishment she considers one of her greatest while at Northwestern.