Portrait of CMC Mathematics Prof. Helen Wong

The Simons Foundation has awarded CMC Prof. Helen Wong a 2021 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics, making her one of two liberal arts college faculty to receive the highly prestigious fellowship in nearly a decade, and this year’s only researcher from a liberal arts college.

Portrait of Elena Castellanos ’21, a Luce Scholar with the Henry Luce Foundation

This summer, Elena Castellanos ’21 heads to Asia, where she’ll work with either an urban planning or design firm as a Luce Scholar with the Henry Luce Foundation.

A dual-major in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and public policy at CMC, Castellanos said she was grateful to be selected into the prestigious Luce Scholars Program. Each year, the Luce fellowship program aims to provide young Americans who have “great leadership potential” with an immersive experience in Asia.

Fulbright logo with white halo on background image of CMC campus

Claremont McKenna College has been named a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Students for 2020-21, a recognition of outstanding academic achievement and engagement with the world at large.

Last year, five recent CMC graduates were offered Fulbright grants for the current academic year. While they could not begin their grants on schedule, they have been offered the chance to defer their grants to the upcoming academic year.

CMC students win QuestBridge Spirit Day Award

Believe it or not, the beloved CMC planner just became a media star, featured in a CMC-student-produced video that won the national QuestBridge Spirit Day Award.

The annual contest challenges students from colleges and universities across the nation—such as USC, Penn, and Northwestern—to show what the QuestBridge scholarship program has meant to them via a photo or video.

Headshot of CMC Student Kiubon Kokko ’21 on campus

Studying overseas not only transformed Kiubon Kokko ’21, it won him a grand prize.

Kokko, a senior majoring in media studies, spent the fall 2019 semester in Nantes, France, studying with the IES Abroad program and living with a host family.

“I chose to study in Nantes, because you can always visit somewhere popular, like Paris, later in life,” he said. “Someplace like Nantes is unique and presents a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Profs. Sharda Umanath, Catherine L. Reed, Alison Harris, and Stacey N. Doan have been awarded highly competitive grants.

From investigating the resiliency of young adults to turning back the clock on memory for older populations, four professors in CMC’s Psychological Sciences department are looking at how we mentally manage our world. And their outstanding work has been rewarded with five large, highly competitive, external grants—virtually unprecedented for professors at small liberal arts colleges, especially in a single year—to fund research and further teaching at CMC.  


Academic achievement. Leadership. Personal integrity.

These are the attributes that define this year’s senior award winners, with graduates receiving special recognition for stellar achievements, either as the top students in their academic departments or as leaders and difference makers on campus.


The 2019-20 faculty awards honored five CMC professors, recognizing their impactful scholarship, inspiring dedication to service, and remarkable teaching.

“These members of our faculty embody the ideals of a CMC professor,” said Peter Uvin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “Each one balances a commitment to teaching with their own research and with working together to make CMC a better place.”

Melia Wong ’19 and Romi Ferder ’20

Like everyone in higher education this spring, Brian Davidson ’08 has been doing his share of adjusting and re-adjusting with advisees. The good news: CMC has, once again, produced an impressive roll call of selective domestic and overseas fellowship and scholarship winners, including five Fulbrights. The challenges: Some programs have gone virtual, postponed travel, or been cancelled completely given ongoing restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allie Gould ’20 could hardly imagine becoming passionate about philosophy when she started at Claremont McKenna College as a neuroscience major. Four years later, however, a paper that she submitted to a philosophy conference in Denver has won the best paper award and will soon be published in an international undergraduate philosophy journal, Stance.