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05-08-2010

Clarkson University Senior Jason Holloway of Fletcher, Vt., Receives Frederica Clarkson Award

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Graduating senior Jason R. Holloway of Fletcher, Vt., received the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University’s 117th commencement ceremony today. He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.Clarkson University Senior Jason Holloway of Fletcher, Vt., Receives Frederica Clarkson Award

The award was established in 1921 as a bequest in the will of Frederica Clarkson, sister of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named. This award and the Levinus Clarkson Award are traditionally given to the two top students in the graduating class.

Holloway received dual degrees in physics and electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics, and was also a member of the Honors Program.

He has worked on a variety of research projects during his undergraduate career, including research at the University of Idaho where he was accepted into a neuroscience Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. There he developed an artificial neural network to mimic sensorimotor learning in infants.

Since 2008, Holloway has worked with Prof. Aaron B. Luttman to research optical flow analysis and presented this work at the Mathematical Association of America’s Annual Mathfest. He was awarded an Exemplary Presentation Award by the Environment Special Interest Group for his work.

He also investigated recovering sparse tensor data (3D data) via compressive sensing with Professor Carmeliza L. Navasca in 2008, and presented this work at the IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers.

Holloway received the Kristin Craig Memorial Scholarship, and a Clarkson Leadership Award. He has also been a presidential scholar for seven semesters while at Clarkson, and will graduate with a 3.907 GPA.

He served as the president of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and the co-chair of the honors program steering committee. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the all academic honor society, and was a physics teacher’s assistant during his senior year.

Holloway held a variety of titles at the Clarkson Integrator newspaper, ranging from managing editor, and assistant editor-in-chief to photo editor. He also served on the honors public relations committee. During school breaks he worked as a substitute teacher, and served as a referee for middle- and high-school soccer games.

Following commencement, Holloway will continue research at Clarkson and attend the Park City Math Institute. In the fall he will begin work toward his doctorate in electrical engineering at Rice University.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the Frederica Clarkson Award to Jason R. Holloway.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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