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April 17, 2014

Pitt student awarded national scholarship

Junior Simon Brown has been awarded a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship, a national award intended to enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Brown is one of only 20 students in the nation to be chosen for the award. As a Beinecke Scholar, he will receive $4,000 upon completion of undergraduate study at Pitt as well as an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Brown plans to earn a PhD in history with a specific focus on research into the interdisciplinary history of education and science in Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Brown’s undergraduate research endeavors have focused on early modern intellectual history. This summer he will use the University Honors College’s Off-Campus Research Award to conduct archival research at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Through the honors college’s Brackenridge Research Fellowship in the summer of 2012 as well as in the spring of 2013, he conducted an extensive study into philosopher Thomas Hobbes’s theory of historical change.

Brown is majoring in history, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy as he pursues a BA from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He also is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in history from the University Honors College.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the board of directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke. Since 1975, the program has selected more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support of graduate study.