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Miami junior receives national Beinecke Scholarship

04/22/2013

Junior philosophy major Brian Sopher, recipient of a 2013 Beinecke Scholarship (photo by Scott Kissell)
Junior philosophy major Brian Sopher, recipient of a 2013 Beinecke Scholarship (photo by Scott Kissell)
Miami University junior Brian Sopher is one of 20 college students nationwide to receive the 2013 Beinecke Scholarship, a national fellowship for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Sopher, a philosophy major and linguistics minor from Hilliard, plans to pursue graduate studies in philosophy and social theory.

He is “without a doubt one of the brightest students I have ever taught, at any level, graduate or undergraduate,” said Gaile Pohlhaus, associate professor of philosophy.

Sopher will work with Pohlhaus this summer on an Undergraduate Summer Scholar’s project, "Philosophy after Wittgenstein." He was also one of four undergraduates selected as a 2012-2013 Humanities Center Altman Student Fellow.

“Brian has a kind of equanimity and personable demeanor that one does not often find in philosophers,” Pohlhaus said. “He is very grounded and sensible. And he has a kind of joy in his work that is sustaining for those who pursue an intellectual life."

More than 100 U.S. colleges and universities are eligible to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of students of exceptional promise and that have received need-based financial aid.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be “courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.”

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