Points of Pride
The School of Arts and Sciences is extremely proud of all of the
prestigious accomplishments of our faculty and students. These
achievements illustrate excellence in the areas of research and
scholarship, service and teaching. Listed below is a sampling of some
of the celebrated successes of our faculty and students.
School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards and Highlights
- Tufts boasts more than 10 Fulbright Fellows in recent years.
- 9 members of the faculty have been admitted to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, including President Lawrence S. Bacow,
Jane Bernstein, Madeline Caviness, Daniel Dennett, Ray Jackendoff, Laurence Senelick,
Martin Sherwin, and Nils Yngve Wessell.
- 2 members of the faculty have been recognized with MacArthur
Awards: Jay Cantor and Ayesha Jalal.
- Mitch McVey, Assistant Professor of Biology, received in 2007
a National Science Foundation CAREER award, which will fund the
research that Dr. McVey's lab is doing to discern how different
genetic pathways dynamically interact to repair damaged DNA. In
addition, the award will be utilized to develop a mentoring and
outreach program within the Biology Department to encourage students
to pursue research-oriented scientific careers.
- In 2008, David Walt, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry,
was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In
2006, he was recognized with a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical
- Martin J. Sherwin, Professor in the Department of History, and
biographer Kai Bird have been awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for
biography for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J.
Robert Oppenheimer (2006), their book on the life of J. Robert
Oppenheimer, the physicist who led the Manhattan Project, which
resulted in the development and use of the atomic bomb in August
- Marina Bers, Assistant Professor of Child Development, was one
of 20 people in the United States to receive the 2005 Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest
honor given by the US government to promising and groundbreaking
investigators who are starting their independent research careers.
- Virginia Jackson, Associate Professor of English, was recently
awarded the 2006 Christian Gauss Award for the Best Book in Literary
Criticism by Phi Beta Kappa.
- In recent years, the Tufts faculty has included:
- 8 Ford Foundation Fellows,
- 6 Guggenheim Fellows,
- 2 National Endowment for the Humanities Residents,
- 11 Rockefeller Fellows,
- 1 Alexander von Humbolt Fellow, and
- numerous other honors.
School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Awards and Highlights
- Roughly 40% of Tufts undergraduates have an overseas study
experience, placing Tufts among the top five research universities.
The Kaplan College Guide named Tufts one of America's 25 Hot
Schools, recognizing it as the "Hottest for Studying Abroad."
- Tufts is an acknowledged leader in producing Peace Corps volunteers,
among the top five colleges and universities in recent years.
- In recent years, Tufts has produced:
- More than 175 Fulbright Scholars - Tufts has been among the top
five universities in producing Fulbright Scholars for some time
- 4 Truman Scholars (The Truman Scholarship is a
congressionally funded scholarship recognizing extraordinary
leadership and public service.)
- 1 Rhodes Scholar
- 4 Beinecke Scholars
- 3 Goldwater Scholars
- 2 Luce Scholars
- The School of Arts and Sciences has experienced a record applicant
pool for undergraduate admissions in 12 of the past 13 years.
School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Awards and Highlights
- In 2007-2008, GSAS awarded 39 doctoral degrees (28% more than ten
years ago) and 305 masters degrees (an increase of 17%).
- Three Tufts faculty members and a graduate alumna received four of
the five annual awards given by the Northeastern Association of Graduate
Schools (NAGS) during the 2007-2008 academic year. The award winners
include Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Oratory and director of
Graduate Studies for Drama and Dance (Graduate Faculty Teaching Award:
Doctoral Level), Cristelle Baskins, associate professor and chair of Art
and Art History (Graduate Faculty Teaching Award: Master's Level), Nalini
Ambady, professor of Psychology (Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award), and
Tali Ditman, G07 (Doctoral Dissertation Award). For more information on
these awards, click
- The Tufts Child's Right to Thrive Student Group is spearheading a
grass-roots effort to improve the lives of children living in orphanages
and other institutional settings around the world. Led by graduate
students from the child development and computer science departments,
the group is partnering with a number of international organizations and
is developing a web site which will provide direct-care givers and child
work professionals with access to social services resources, medical
information, and current scholarship in child development. For more
information on the Child's Right to Thrive Student Group, click
- Alexander Keyel, a biology graduate student, received a National
Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship during the 2007-2008
academic year. For more information on Keyel's research, click
- Math graduate student Erin Munro received a NSF Mathematics
Postdoctoral Fellowship. She was one of only 41 people in the United
States to receive this fellowship.
- Chemistry graduate students Po-Chang Hsu and Shannon Stroble analyzed
data from the Mars Phoenix Lander Mission during the summer of 2008. Hsu
and Stroble, who conducted this work at NASA mission control in Arizona,
are part of a broader research project led by Professor Samuel Kounaves.
For more information on Professor Kounaves' research, click
- Drama graduate student Meron Langsner was one of only three individuals
in the United States to receive an inaugural National New Play Network
playwright residency in 2008. For more information on Langsner's work,
- English graduate student Ashley Shelden was awarded a graduate fellowship
from the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) for the 2008-2009 academic
year. For more information on CHAT, click
- Neilesh Bose, a history graduate student, received a Diversity Dissertation
Fellowship from the Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity Studies (CREST)
at the College of Saint Rose in New York during the 2007-2008 academic year.
For more information on Bose's research, click