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Kathryn Johnson Of Fairbanks Honored With Levinus Clarkson Award At Clarkson University Commencement

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Kathryn E. Johnson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Johnson, 2113 Jack St., Fairbanks, Alaska, received the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 107th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 14.Kathryn E. Johnson

Established in 1906 by University founders Elizabeth and Frederica Clarkson in memory of their brother Levinus, the scholarship was first awarded in 1909.

Johnson, an electrical and computer engineering major, was selected for the $1,000 award by the vote of the full University faculty, based on her scholarship and promise of outstanding professional achievement.

Johnson graduated from Clarkson with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.  During her four years at Clarkson, she was a member of a number of campus organizations, including the Clarkson Honors Committee, the Clarkson University Orchestra, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Outing Club.

A Presidential Scholar for all four years, Johnson was inducted into Phalanx, the University’s highest honor society, in 1999 and elected vice-president. Her awards include the 1999 Commendable Leadership Award, and, more recently, the 2000 Philip “Pinky” Ryan Memorial Award and the 2000 Clarkson Ambassador of the Year Award.  In addition, Johnson received the 1996 Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Outside of the classroom, Johnson was a summer intern at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Water and Environmental Research Center; VECO Engineering and Northern Testing Laboratories

An accomplished athlete, Johnson was member and captain of the Clarkson Nordic Ski Team.  In her stellar four-year career, she was a three-time overall national champion from 1997-99; a four-time national champion in the USCSA National Classic race from 1997-2000; a two-time 7.5 km Freestyle race national champion in 1997 and 1999; and an Athletic and Academic First Team All-American from 1997-2000. Johnson was also co-captain of the varsity cross-country running team.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

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