Adena Spingarn '03 has been named the first recipient of the new A. Scott Berg '71 Scholarship, an award created by the noted biographer to support independent research by an undergraduate English major.

Berg, a member of the class of 1971 whose best-selling biography of Charles Lindbergh won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, began his own practice of conducting extensive, primary source research when he was an undergraduate at Princeton. He wrote his senior thesis, "Three to Get Ready," about Max Perkins, who edited the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. That prize-winning thesis became the basis of his first book, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," which won the National Book Award in 1978.

Spingarn, a native of Tustin, Calif., will use the $3,500 stipend to pay for living, travel and research expenses as she researches a biography of poet, educator and literary critic Joel Elias Spingarn, her distant cousin who served as the president and chair of the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 30 years.

Four Princeton juniors have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Daniel Babich of the physics department, Robert Lipshitz and Lillian Pierce of the mathematics department, and Scott Vafai of the molecular biology department were selected on the basis of academic merit from 1,164 mathematics, science and engineering students from universities across the country. The one- and two-year scholarships provide a maximum of $7,500 annually to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board. A total of 302 scholarships were awarded this year.

The scholarship program, part of the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation, was established in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater and is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.


May 7, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 27
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