House Life

2011 College House Deans' Integrated Knowledge Award

Alison Feder, 2011 Awardee

Alison Feder, 2011 CHDIKA AwardeeA resident in Stouffer College House for the last three years, Alison has brought her research in the fields of genetics and mathematics into the House, encouraging other Stoufferites to seek out opportunities to engage in Penn’s thriving undergraduate research community. Her passion for social and environmental issues have benefited the House, as she spearheaded a composting program in Mayer Hall and has helped House events accomodate vegan diets. Her commitment to bringing knowledge of all kinds home to Stouffer is exemplary.

“Alison’s own scholarship exemplifies cross-disciplinary research. When Alison was a first-year student, she participated in a research symposium organized by our CURF liaison. Alison’s presentation literally took our breath away.”
—Dr. Philip Nichols, Faculty Master at Stouffer and Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton

“She is a ‘one-in-a-million’ scholar who goes far beyond just learning from the classroom… She has an amazingly wide knowledge and a wish to discuss anything and everything.”
—Dr. Warren Ewens, Emeritus Professor of Biology

G.J. Melendez-Torres, Honorable Mention

G.J. Melendez-Torres, Honorable MentionA Ware College House resident and Nursing/Wharton dual major, G.J.s research in medical sociology and work as a Chair of the United Minorities Council and with the PRISM interfaith coalition have taught him many things, and he brings that knowledge back to Ware. After serving as an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow, traveling throughout the Middle East meeting with faith leaders and learning about the conflict there, he established the Interfaith Dialogue Residential Program at Ware, and facilitates that programs explorations of religious beliefs, practices, and the ways that people of faith can work together.  

"G.J. represents a new breed of Penn student leader, one whose interests and passion span traditionally disparate disciplines. G.J. is a good representative of Penns unparalleled commitment to fostering meaningful, groundbreaking and interdisciplinary work."
—Lana Xu, Graduate Associate at Ware College House and Academic Advisor, Master Program in Intercultural Communication, PennGSE

"The Interfaith Program he developed is an exemplary example of integration. Hes a tireless advocate for helping students realize how much they can be involved in ground-breaking research."
—Linda A. Wiedmann, Associate Director, Benjamin Franklin Scholars