About the Award

The Franklin Miller Awards are given to students who make unusual or significant contributions to the academic environment of the College. The awards are named for Franklin Miller Jr., a long-time member of the faculty and a distinguished physicist, teacher and textbook author.

The Franklin Miller Awards were established by Edward T. “Chip” Ordman ’64, who credits receiving a modest, named award as a student with helping him get into graduate school. The award is meant to give that same small, but meaningful, encouragement to deserving students whose efforts and ingenuity, though they do not win traditional accolades, have made a difference in the life of the Kenyon community.

Nominations are accepted in September and March of each year. Winners will be chosen by the provost and vice president for student affairs, and each will receive a credit of $250 to their Kenyon K-card account. Any student is eligible for this award.

Contact Jalene Fox at 740-427-5115 or foxj@kenyon.edu with any questions.

Spring 2022 Award Winners

The Franklin Miller Award recipients for spring 2022 were recognized for fostering community and a positive academic experience.

Taylor Womack '24

"Taylor’s steadfast dedication to her coursework along with her incredibly inclusive and collaborative nature has strengthened the academic environment at Kenyon. She tackles challenging problems with a productive and focused optimism. Her bold willingness to ask questions and throw out ideas in front of her peers (both in class and in office hours) creates an environment where other students feel safe expressing their own ideas and areas of confusion. She is professional and a great role model for other students, always starting her work early and persisting until she has completed the task. However, she doesn’t just lead by example; she also engages her classmates directly, recognizing the power of collaboration when constructing solutions to difficult problems. Taylor's contributions have strengthened the student ethos of productive struggle and collaboration in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, and we find her to be extremely deserving of the Franklin Miller Award."

— Assistant Professor of Statistics Erin Leatherman, Professors of Mathematics Judy Holdener, Carol Schumacher and Noah Aydin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Rebecca Black

Salame Shubitidze '22

"I have come to know Salome most during her time as an undergraduate researcher to my lab. Undoubtedly, she has made significant contributions to the lab’s research direction and culture. She is innately curious and enthusiastic about her work, an attitude that has inspired her peers and made the lab a fun and exciting space to be. She is eager and persistent with her research. More than any other student I have worked with, Salome thinks towards the next step. She is always troubleshooting experiments or designing new ones. These traits are readily being passed down to other members of my lab group. She has been a wonderful mentor, generous with her time and rapidly developing expertise. Most notably, Salome has not shied away from difficult questions or tasks. She has been a model for grappling with a problem until a resolution is found. In the two years that she has been in my lab, she has set the tone for collegiality, hard work and enthusiasm for research (and biology more generally).

"Salome’s most recent contributions to the department has been especially exciting. In summer 2021, she developed an idea to share the beauty and intrigue of biology research at Kenyon through art. This is in contrast to the very professional scientific posters currently portrayed along the walls of Higley and Fischman. Salome gathered photos/images of science from student researchers and their faculty mentors. She arranged these pieces of data with an artistic eye, identified companies that could print them, secured funding to have them printed and oversaw their installation in the building. As of yesterday, all pieces were hung throughout the biology buildings and have garnered attention for students and visitors alike. As a graduating senior, this contribution to our department and work spaces will be a great part of her Kenyon legacy.

"Salome is a talented student that embodies the liberal arts. She brings a curiosity, creativity and a quiet confidence to anything she does. She has strongly influenced the culture of my lab in positive ways and will leave the Biology Department with a beautiful gift. I highly recommend her for this award."

— Assistant Professor of Biology Arianna Smith

Previous Award Winners

Fall

Roya Best '22

Ella Wilson '23

Spring

Alex Thoms '23

Paris Tully '21

Fall

Zola Gray '23

Xiaoyu (Dorothy) Wang '21

Spring

Ben Baturka '20

April Murphy '22

Fall

Sutton Amthor ’21

Scout Crowell ’20

Spring

Ghada Bakbouk ’19

Qiyam Stewart ’21

Fall

Masen Colucci ’19

George Goldman ’20

Spring

Mustafa Aziz ’19

Jenna Rochelle ’18

Fall

Max Smith ’18

Toneisha Stubbs ’18

Spring

Eliza Abendroth ’18

Phoebe Carter ’17

Fall

Christiana Binkley ’17

Edgar Martin ’17

Spring

Emily Bulik-Sullivan ’16

Sean P. Bush ’17

Kaitlin, Creamer ’16

Fall

Qossay Alsattari ’16

James Currie ’16

Spring

Sarah Eisenlohr ’15

Shariq Khan ’15

Fall

Lila Greco ’15

Willa Sachs ’16

Spring

Co-awardees Julia Greer ’15, Casey Griffin ’14 & Emma Miller ’15

Megan Koenecke ’15

Fall

Benjamin Ros ’14

Robert Sellers ’14

Spring

Paul Hoehn ’14

Karen Huntsman ’13

Fall

Solomon Reisberg ’13

Co-awardees Tommy Brown ’13, Matt Hershey ’13 & Alexander Variano ’13

Spring

Paul Bisagni ’12

Timothy Jurney ’15

Jessica Goley ’12

Claire Dutton ’14

Fall

Darko Gligorovski ’14

Sean Grant ’14

Sarah Heminger ’13

Ashley Meyer ’14

Reina Thomas ’14

William Koehler ’11 

Meredith Blake ’09 

Caleb Ruopp ’09 

Matthew Jacobson ’09 

Priscilla Erickson ’09 

Pengyu “Alex” Zhao ’10 

Monica Kriete ’11

Tsvetan Asamov ’08 

Kathleen Woods ’09 

Chris Henson ’09 

Katerina Karaivanova ’10

Loren Bondurant ’07

Aaron Clark-Ginsberg ’08

Lee Kennard ’07

Matthew Zaremsky ’07

Kaelin Alexander ’07

Stefanie Wilson ’08

Christopher R. D’Ardenne ’06

Michael B. Dash ’07

David A. Long ’07

Marissa H. Stearns ’06

Tatsiana A. Zhurauliova ’06

Jacob Yandura ’09

Caitlin Wells ’06

Mary Hostenske ’06

Joanna Budd ’06

October

Joseph M. Neilsen ’06

Aaron T. Samuel ’05

November

Emily E. Nishioka ’05

Lara J. Cox ’06

February

Kelly Henry ’07

Jennifer Underwood ’05

April

Katharine Touchton-Leonard ’05

Lisa King ’07

October

Brad Bennett ’04

Alexander Franz ’04

November

Robbie Ketcham ’04

Kathy Lynd ’04

February

Mara Bernstein ’04

Jun Ma ’07

April

Tyler Van Wormer ’04

Benjamin Fahey-Burke ’06

October

Matthew Buckley ’03

November

Joseph Freeman ’05

Jennifer Raterman ’05

February

D. Michael Barnhart ’04

Chandra McClelland ’06

April

Christopher Wager ’05

Daniel Kiepfer ’03

October

Lisa M. Maurer ’04

Sarah C. Stella ’02

November

Margaret C. Scavotto ’02

Heather L. Van Ligten ’02

February

Michael F. Sriprasert ’02

Abby E. Rokosch ’02

April

Sarah R. Fox ’02

Lindsay M. Sabik ’03

October

Meredith Ishida ’03

Sarah Kammerer ’01

November

Emily Anderson ’01

Erika Plank ’01

February

Adam Knapp ’01

Jacob Howley ’03

Jessen Book ’01

April

Anneka Lenssen and Fritz Horstman ’01

William J. Ward ’01

Christopher Monson ’01

November

Donald Cole ’01

Sara Gage ’00

December

James Ray ’00

Alexis Staples ’02

March

Sarah Wasserman ’03

Allison Hawkins ’00

April

Jessica Berretto ’00

Anne Crosby ’00

October

Will Sugden ’99

Maraleen Shields’00

March

Joseph Fouse ’99

Erin Wimmers ’00

April

James Riggs Jr. ’99

Jesse Savage ’99

May

Michael Floyd ’01

Laura Vazquez ’99

David Heithaus ’99

Christopher Junkin ’99

May

Jefferson Barlew ’98

Beth Schiller ’98

Jalene Fox

Faculty Resources Specialist
Contact
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740-427-5115
Email Address
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