Melissa Chaika's Rice Women's Resource Center Nomination


In May, Melissa Chaika, a Wiess senior majoring in sociology and policy studies, will graduate with a near-perfect GPA and an impressive record of service to the university and the field of women's studies. In her service to the university, Melissa has held the following titles:

Last summer, Melissa became involved in outreach activities at the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center headquartered at Rice University. The CRPC has several "Women's Programs" that are designed to increase the number of women pursuing careers in science, engineering, and mathematics, and Melissa has participated in two of these programs to date: Melissa has also participated with Rice University and CRPC authors on an impressive list of publications, including Outside of Rice, Melissa teaches Hebrew to second-year students at the Beth Israel Hebrew School in Houston and has served as a policy analysis intern in Senator J. Bennett Johnston's office in her home state of Louisiana. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and has spent a year abroad studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

With all of her contributions to the university and the community in the field of women's studies, Melissa is clearly an excellent nominee for this award, and it is my pleasure to nominate her.

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Posted February 12, 1996.