Arina Rostopchina wins the Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship
13 June 2011
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.