Radcliffe Awards Fay Prize to Top Theses

Recognizes Three Graduating Seniors for Outstanding and Original Scholarly Work
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May 19, 2014

Today the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to three graduating seniors whose theses demonstrated the most imaginative work and original research.

The 2014 Fay Prize recipients were chosen from 71 Thomas Hoopes Prize winners for outstanding scholarly work or research. The winners’ areas of concentration include mathematics, human development and regenerative biology, and history and science: Levent Alpoge, The Average Elliptic Curve Has Few Integral Points; Elizabeth Byrne, The Female Genital Tract Microbiome and Hormonal Contraception in the Context of Genital Immune Activation and HIV Acquisition; and Sandra Korn, Sex, Science, and Politics in the Sociobiology Debate.

“All three Fay Prize winners have created new knowledge,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen, whpresented the awards. “These students asked big questions, and they pursued the answers with innovative thinking and rigorous research. Their scholarship has enrichetheir fields of study, generated new insights, and earned them the highest honor we can bestow on undergraduate independent work at Harvard.

Dean Cohen awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to Alpoge, Byrne, and Korn at Radcliffe’s annual Strawberry Tea, at which a crowd of distinguished Harvard faculty members, graduating Hoopes Prize winners, friends, and family gathered to celebrate.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.


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