13 June 2012
Arina Rostopchina has won a 2012/2013 Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship through the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship competition. The UEPS program is considered one of the most notable scholarship offers for UT students. The selection committee carefully considers academic achievement, and it is expected that nominated students demonstrate continuous participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and evidence in leadership.
In addition, Arina was selected by the Astronomy faculty for The 2012 Board of Visitor Undergraduate Scholarship this May. The BoV scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior astronomy student for excellent overal performance. To be considered for this award, students were asked to submit an essay discussing their career as an astronomy student in our department. Extracurricular activities, previous awards, astronomy research projects, public outreach and future plans were considered in the selection.
Arina has been involved in white dwarf research with Drs. Winget and Montgomery. Specifically, she has worked with a stellar evolution code, modeling WDs and studying their properties. She has also participated in the Scientists for Tomorrow program under the mentorship of Dr. Dinerstein, and is currently an officer for our Astronomy Students Association. This spring, she attended the CNS Honors Ceremony where she was recognized as an Honors Student and Book Award Recipient.
On many occassions Arina has represented the Department and McDonald Observatory with ASA-- including Explore UT, Family Day, outreach activities in elementary schools, hosting public events in partnership with the Austin Astronomical Society,etc. Recently, she participated in a recruiting "blitz" this spring to encourage the top high school students admitted to UT to join our program.