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First Lieberman Fellows honored at reception

STANFORD -- Eleven doctoral students selected as the first Lieberman Fellows were honored at a reception Thursday, Oct. 6, along with the man for whom their awards are named, former Provost Gerald J. Lieberman.

Established with support from several anonymous donors, the fellowships are for graduate students who intend to pursue careers in university teaching and research, and who have demonstrated potential for leadership roles in the academic community. The fellowship amounts vary by school, but are higher than the average fellowship or stipend.

President Gerhard Casper announced the creation of the award program while paying tribute to Lieberman at commencement in June 1993.

George Dekker, associate dean for graduate policy, told those gathered at the reception that "Jerry Lieberman has been one of the most beloved and respected faculty members at Stanford over a period of more than four decades of distinguished service here."

Among his many roles of institutional service, Dekker said, Lieberman was “truly a tower of strength as the provost” who managed the presidential transition of 1992. This came “at a time when it was critically important that the provost be a person who enjoyed the complete confidence and trust of the university community.”

Of the students, Dekker said they "are all superb young scholars with an interest in, and the talent for, a university teaching career."

The first group includes 11 graduate students - six women and five men - from six of Stanford's seven schools:

Lieberman said he was "deeply flattered" to have the awards named in his honor.

"They look like a very good group," he said of the Lieberman Fellows.



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