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The Leah B. Allen Award is presented to a student whose work in astronomy or mathematics merits special recognition. Professor Allen taught astronomy at Hood from 1927 to 1955; she died in 1979. This award was established by Martha Elizabeth Stahr ’41, a Hood student of astronomy who credited Professor Allen with being her mentor and encouraging her to pursue a career in this field at a time when few women studied astronomy. Catherine Traini is this year’s recipient.

Catherine, a senior from Middletown, Md., is pursuing a major in mathematics with minors in economics and women’s and gender studies. A member of the Honors Program, she also completed a Departmental Honors paper in economics this year. Together with several other students, she founded the Sisters Aspiring to Success women’s leadership society. Catherine is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society, and Phi Kappa Phi.

The Grace N. Brown Prize in mathematics, named in honor of the late Grace N. Brown, registrar emerita, is awarded to a student who has consistently shown initiative, insight and achievement in the introductory calculus course. Brown graduated from Hood in 1925, majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. She served as Hood’s registrar from 1930 to 1967. The prize recipient is Dorothy San.

Dorothy is a first-year student from Rockville, Md. Her calculus instructors were especially impressed by the very high quality of her work in every area of the course. In addition, she was cheerful and hard-working, and a helpful lab partner and group member.

The Julia Holzapfel Carhart Prizes In Mathematics were established in 1994 in honor of Julia Holzapfel Carhart ’30, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. Prizes are awarded to juniors majoring in or displaying a strong interest in mathematics. The students selected by the mathematics department this year have demonstrated the highest academic distinction and promise, and also serve as role models, encouraging women to major in mathematics. Alyssa Burdette, Dana Lewis and Angela Mansfield share this year’s prize.

Alyssa, a junior from Frederick, Md., is pursuing a major in mathematics with certification in secondary education. She is also a student in the Honors Program and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

Dana, from Silver Spring, Md., is a junior mathematics major in the secondary education program. Dana participated in the Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Science Research Institute last summer at Miami University of Ohio. She is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

Angela, a junior from Frederick, Md., is pursuing a double major in mathematics and chemistry. She is a student in the Honors Program and is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

The C. May Hudson Prize is awarded to a senior mathematics major who has shown outstanding achievement in mathematics. Vi Ho is the winner of this prize.

Vi, a senior from Germantown, Md., is pursuing a double major in mathematics and economics with a concentration in international economics. Vi is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.

The Pi Mu Epsilon Book Prize is given to a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon national honorary mathematics society. It is funded by a chapter grant from the national chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon. The prize is shared by Aynslie Barrie, Sienna Bronson, Lew Dean, Maggie Kasner and Fiona Lyons.

Aynslie, from Mount Airy, Md., is a senior double major in mathematics and biochemistry. This spring, she will complete her degree after three years.

Sienna, from Richmond, Va., is a senior double major in mathematics and history. She is a student in the Honors Program.

Lew is a senior from Frederick, Md., pursuing a double major in mathematics and art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art. He is a student in the Honors Program and completed a Departmental Honors project in mathematics this year.

Maggie is a senior from Germantown, Md., pursuing a mathematics major with a minor in criminology and delinquency.

Fiona, from Phoenix, Md., is a senior mathematics major with a minor in physics.