The Churchill Adviser Award is given annually to Campus Representatives, Churchill nominating committee members, or recommendation writers who have consistently distinguished themselves through their sustained efforts to recognize, recommend, or nominate exceptional STEM students. It is a way for the Foundation to thank members of the adviser community for their efforts in recruiting nominees on our behalf, in support of the Foundation's mission to advance science and technology for our greater security and prosperity.
Dr. Peter I. Bogucki, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, has been selected for his unparalleled success in nominating outstanding Churchill candidates. During his years as the Princeton Campus Representative for the Churchill Scholarship, 15 Princeton students won the award, representing over 40% of the University's nominees during that period. No other college or university has approached that rate of success over a sustained length of time.
Professor Malkiat Johal, Chair of Chemistry at Pomona College, is co-recipient for 2020 as one of two professors who has had four Churchill Scholars come through his lab. Over the previous 10 years, Michael Gormally, Will Fletcher, Gabriella Heller, and Hannah Wayment-Steele were undergraduates in his lab before winning the Scholarship. He also taught the 2020-21 winner, EliseAnn Koskelo, in the highly challenging course, Chemistry 51. In all, he has been a mentor or professor for five of the six Pomona students who have won the Churchill Scholarship.
Weg Ongkeko, Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, is the Churchill Campus Representative for UC-San Diego and co-recipient of the Award for 2020. He has had the rare privilege of having three future Churchill Scholars working in his lab at the same time. Students from his lab have won the Churchill Scholarship in three of the preceding four years, and four times in all. Four of the five total UC-San Diego Churchill Scholarship winners (Vikram Juneja, Angela Zou, Aswini Krishnan, and Harrison Li) worked in his lab.
As Professor of Mathematics at Williams College and through his role directing the SMALL Undergraduate Research Project at Williams each summer, Steven J. Miller has mentored no fewer than eight Churchill Scholars over a 10-year period. While this award recognizes such an unprecedented number of Scholars he has taught, it is mainly for the time and care he has put into his support for his students. In his recommendations, Professor Miller clearly explains an applicant’s research contributions in a way that can be appreciated by expert and non-expert readers.