A ceremony on April 4, 2019 honored twenty-five College of Arts and Sciences seniors for their noteworthy contributions to the College and their individual department or program. Congratulations, Louis!
Ryan Smith received the 2019-2020 Ruth and Isadore Bob Fellowship. Ryan is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of English. He will use the Fellowship to support research on his dissertation entitled The Shape of Romance: Reductio ad Absurdum in Old French and Middle English Romances. This fellowship is made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Sharon Bob Young in honor of her parents, Ruth and Isadore Bob.
Sofia Paulino received the 2019-2020 Harold J. and Arlyne G. Levy Award in Jewish Studies. This award was established by the Levy’s to support students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and commitment to the study of Jewish culture and heritage.
Abbygail Hoke received the 2019-2020 Irving M. and Marilyn C. Shuman Scholarship. The Shuman’s established this scholarship to support students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and commitment to the study of Jewish culture and heritage.
“As an undergraduate I was lucky enough to take several courses offered by the Department of Jewish Thought. Those small seminars challenged me in ways that I was unaccustomed. As a biology major, I had grown used to multiple choice tests and hours in the lab. While those tasks were challenging and exciting in their own right, I considered my time spent in Clemens Hall learning Maimonides, arguing Zionist principles, and diving deep into Jewish mysticism to be truly intellectually challenging and…fun! I loved how intimate
the classes were, and how rare it was for us to be lectured. Rather, most lecture hours were spent discussing and debating complex Jewish philosophy.
The classes I took as a student of Jewish Thought have proven invaluable to me in my path to becoming a physician. As a medical student, I have been expected to learn innumerable facts, but as a medical student who performs research, I am constantly challenging those facts and trying to discover new things. The foundation I received for learning and challenging beliefs (i.e. I took a class called “Arguing with God”) has helped me challenge when in the lab.
No matter what your career goals are, I recommend that every student take at least a few classes through the Department of Jewish Thought. The intimate classes, coupled with intense subject matter and professors who really care about you, make this department invaluable.”
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