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UConn's Putnam math team to be honored April 30
The University mathematics team placed 35th out of 313 teams participating in the 58th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. A total of 2,510 undergraduates from 419 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada took the six-hour competitive examination, which was administered at each institution in December 1997.

Ten students from UConn participated, including Thuong P. Nguyen, whose score placed him in the top seven percent of participants, William Hawley Clark and Pavel Okunev, both of whom placed in the top 23 percent. These three team members will be among the honorees at the mathematics department's annual award ceremony April 30.

The Putnam competition is supported by a trust fund established in 1927 by the wide of William Lowell Putnam to honor her late husband, an 1882 graduate of Harvard who wrote on the merits of intellectual intercollegiate competition. Among the Putnam Fellows - the top five finishers in a given year - have been many distinguished mathematicians.

International Travelers' Medical Service offers the
ounce of prevention you need when traveling abroad

If your vacation plans include stops in developing countries, experts at the Health Center suggest seeking medical advice at least four to six weeks prior to your departure.

The Health Center's International Travelers' Medical Service offers up-to-date recommendations on the prevention of malaria, diarrhea, and other common ailments for travelers. The service also provides safety tips, information about medical care in foreign countries and, when necessary, immunizations for travelers with destinations in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, India, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and other developing areas.

"For most people, any trip outside Western Europe or Canada requires some prior knowledge of health risks, and medical advice about how to avoid exposure to infectious diseases. For seniors, or people with chronic conditions who need to take several medications daily, even travel to Europe can cause problems because of jet lag," says David Hill, M.D., director of the International Travelers' Medical Service.

The clinic is open five days a week. Call (860) 679-3245 for an appointment.

Competition opens for 1999-2000 Fulbright grants
The Institute of International Education has announced the opening of the 1999-2000 competition for Fulbright grants for graduate study abroad. About 800 awards to 130 countries will be available for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application, generally hold a bachelor's degree before the start of the grant, and, in most cases, are proficient in the language of the host country. Graduating seniors — undergraduates who will receive bachelor's degrees during 1998-99 — are encouraged to apply. Except for certain specific awards, candidates may not hold the Ph.D. at the time of application.

The deadline for submitting completed applications to the Fulbright Scholarship Committee of the University is September 21. For information and applications, contact Mal Bochner, Fulbright Program Adviser, U-182, Office of International Affairs, Human Development Building Room 15. Phone: (860) 486-2908, fax (860) 486-2963. The Fulbright brochure is also available on the Institute of International Education's website at

UConn gridder selected for NCAA leadership conference
Phil Hunt, a junior strong safety on the UConn football team, has been selected to participate in the second annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference, from May 25-28, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Student-athletes were nominated from NCAA member institutions. Hunt was selected from more than 850 nominations for less than 400 places. Hunt, a therapeutic recreational services major, has spent the past three summers working at a science camp for inner city youths studying math and science. He also is a volunteer for UConnPirg, a campus organization focused on human and environmental welfare. He also served as a chaperone for the Unified Special Olympics and recently made a presentation to a group of middle school students graduating from a DARE program.