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Announcing the Spring 2015 Rockefeller Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipients

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The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce the Spring 2015 recipients of the Senior Honors Thesis Grants.

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Grants program provides grants of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. There is a deadline each Fall and each Spring for these grants. For more information on deadlines and how to apply, see our website at

Samantha Cheng '16

Samantha Cheng '16 is a member of the Class of 2016 from North Jersey. She is majoring in sociology and minoring in biology. Her senior thesis is a comparison of the effects of gender between informal mentorships in college and entrepreneurial workspaces. Through this thesis, she hopes to bridge her sociological interests of gender and education in a project that ties together Dartmouth undergraduate and post-graduate professional experiences. Since the fall of her first year at Dartmouth, peer mentorships have been Cheng’s most important relationships at college. She believes strongly in the potential of these types of social relations to confer benefits to mentors and mentees in any collegiate or professional context. On campus, she is Vice President of Policy and Research for the Panhellenic Council and co-editor-in-chief of Standpoints, a student-run global health magazine. Her advisor is Janice McCabe.

Nina Adjeiwaa-Manu '16

Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu '16 graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts as valedictorian and as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship. At Dartmouth, Adjeiwaa-Manu is majoring in Sociology modified with African & African-American Studies and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She is a Mellon Mays Associate Fellow and plays the cello in the Music Department’s Performance Labs in Chamber Music. Additionally, Adjeiwaa-Manu is a research assistant in the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars Program. She works for Student Accessibility Services as a note taker and mentors several students through the First-Year Mentoring Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Afro-American Society’s Big Sib Lil Sib Program, and the Rockefeller Peer Mentoring Program. After graduating, Adjeiwaa-Manu hopes to attend graduate school to conduct research on immigrant youth in the Ghanaian Diaspora and use her degree to make a difference in the fields of nonprofit consulting or management. Her advisor is Marc Dixon.

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