ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS



Alumni Scholarship winners: left to right, standing, Paula Davies, Aaron Fyke, Sandra Guarascio; seated, Perbeen Mann-Kahalma and Suying Yang. Robie Liscomb photo

Paula Davies - Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship
Leanne Denis - Distinguished Alumni Scholarship
Aaron Fyke - Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship
Sandra Guarascio - Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship
Perbeen Mann-Kahalma - Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship
Sherry Santarpia - Howard and Linda Petch Scholarship
Suying Yang - Alumni Graduate Scholarship recipient

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Paula Davies, recipient of an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship, is in her final year of Biochemistry Co-op. She grew up in Campbell River, where her dad is a science teacher. During her Co-op work terms she has managed hazardous wastes, synthesized radiolabelled pharmaceuticals, determined protein content in fungi, and studied the immune response to an organism that causes the tropical disease leishmaniasis. "I'd like to go on either to graduate school and to do research on tropical diseases or to have a veterinary practice." Davies enjoys volunteer work at local veterinary hospitals, where she observes surgery and assists with examinations. She is a competitive badminton player and also enjoys running and hiking.


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Leanne Denis, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, is a fourth-year French student. She is president of the 1995 Graduating Class Committee and is very active with the UVic Outdoors Club. After graduating this spring, Denis plans to work at various jobs to see what she would like to do for a career. She's particularly interested in the fields of translation and publishing.


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Aaron Fyke, two-time recipient of an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship, is in his last year of Mechanical Engineering Co-op. His last Co-op work term was with the UVic Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, and he continues to work with them. Last summer, Fyke presented a paper at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Florida. After graduation, he'll be living for three months in Osaka, Japan, on a Rotary International Scholarship, studying Japanese. "I plan to work for a couple of years before grad school," he says. "I'd like to continue working in the area of hydrogen or natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicles." Fyke helps coach a boy's youth soccer team and is active in the UVic Ballroom Dancing Club and Toastmasters.


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Sandra Guarascio, recipient of an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship, is a third-year political science student minoring in economics. A Victoria native, Guarascio spends ten hours a week volunteering with the UVic Peer Helping Program. She's involved in the shadow program, in which UVic students pair up with high school students for a day to give them a taste of university life. She also volunteers at the Student Employment Centre critiquing resumés and leading interview practice sessions. "Volunteering adds a different dimension to the academic experience," she explains, "and you meet the greatest people." After graduation, she hopes to go to law school and pursue a career in public service. She is also involved in the fine arts, particularly theatre and creative writing.


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Perbeen Mann-Kahalma, recipient of an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship, is a fourth-year sociology student. She is considering continuing for a master's degree in sociology or entering the post-degree program in education to prepare for a teaching career. She started out in the sciences, but took a sociology course as an elective and decided to switch. "I really like working with people," she explains, "and am very interested in the sociology of law, crime prevention, and minority groups." While taking six courses a term, she has limited free time, but likes to spend it reading, hiking, and being with her husband, a student at Camosun College. "My inspiration has always been my parents," she says. "They have always supported me in what I wanted to do."


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Sherry Santarpia, recipient of the Howard and Linda Petch Scholarship, is a fourth- year education student specializing in secondary school art and English. Her interest in art education as a career stems from "a really good art teacher I had in high school who got me thinking about teaching." She is particularly interested in ceramics and other three-dimensional media, though she is "thoroughly enjoying a photography course this semester." Next year, Santarpia's professional year, will see her in the schools doing her practica.


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Suying Yang, this year's Alumni Graduate Scholarship recipient, is a doctoral student in linguistics. She is writing her dissertation on the aspectual system of Chinese, in which particles are added to words to indicate such things as completion or continuation of action. Originally from southern China, Yang left a university teaching position to come to UVic in 1989 as a visiting scholar and stayed on to do graduate work. "My first year here was very difficult. Because I had not learned English from native speakers, it was hard for me to understand the lectures, but gradually I became accustomed to spoken English." She hopes to find a university teaching position in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore.


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