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Distributed May 27, 1999
Contact: Scott Turner

Commencement 1999

Baccalaureate, graduate and medical students honor special faculty

Four Brown professors will receive special awards from graduating students at this year's Commencement: two professors for work with undergraduates; one professor for support of graduate students; and a doctor for service to medical students. Eight graduate students will also receive special honors: four for outstanding doctoral dissertations and four for teaching excellence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The following honors will be among those presented during Brown University's 231st Commencement exercises on Monday, May 31:

Barrett Hazeltine Citations

For the last 26 years, Brown's graduating seniors have chosen members of the faculty or administration to receive these citations - expressions of respect and appreciation for individuals from whom the classes received outstanding support, guidance and teaching. Originally called Senior Citations, the awards were renamed the Barrett Hazeltine Citations in 1985 in tribute to the engineering professor who had received the honor 13 times. This year, the Class of 1999 selected:

School of Medicine Senior Citation

Edward Feller, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the Miriam Hospital, will receive the most prestigious award presented during the medical school graduation. The school's graduating class chose Feller to receive the School of Medicine Senior Citation, writing, "As an outstanding clinician and true patient advocate, you have modeled the qualities of mind, heart, and spirit of the ideal physician." The citation will be presented to Feller at the University Commencement ceremony, 11:30 a.m. on The College Green.

Wilson-Deblois Award

This award honors outstanding contributions to the Graduate School. Lewis Curtis Jr., professor of history, was chosen by the Graduate Student Council to receive this award because he has "raised the profile of Brown graduate students as full-fledged and contributing members of the University community." The award is named for the recipients of Brown's first two doctorates in 1889. Curtis will be honored during the University Commencement ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on The College Green.

Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award

This award recognizes outstanding research work presented in doctoral dissertations. Finalists were nominated by academic departments, and winners were selected by faculty members of the University Research Council. In addition to receiving doctoral degrees during Graduate School ceremonies at 9:15 a.m. on Lincoln Field, the following four students will receive a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate:

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

About 500 graduate students serve as teaching assistants. A faculty committee has chosen four award winners. The awards include a $2,500 honorarium and a certificate. They will be presented during Graduate School exercises at 9:15 a.m. on Lincoln Field, to: