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The Ralph and Jack Kleinman Student Research Fellowship supports student research in environmental science, applied mathematics, or geology. Student research fellowships provide Colby students with opportunities to work closely with Colby faculty, both during the summer and during the academic year, on research and scholarship within a faculty member's and a student's area of study. For some students, the fellowship experience provides the credentials needed to secure a job after graduation; for others, it enables them to build their resume around an area of interest that can be further explored in graduate school.
Ralph Kleinman P'83 (1929-1998) was an applied mathematician with broad interests. His major research contributions were in scattering of acoustic and electromagnetic waves, specifically in the theory of low frequency scattering, integral equations, and inverse problems. His passion for mathematics was driven by the desire to understand complex physical phenomena and to solve real world problems. Born in New York, spending most of his career at the University of Delaware, Ralph was known for his open mind and willingness to travel anywhere for a good meal and a new idea.
Jack Kleinman '83 (1961-1994) was a geologist. His scientific areas of interest were volcanology and precision surveying. He particularly worked on the detection, measurement, and monitoring of ground deformation accompanying magma intrusion at volcanoes. Jack was best suited and most comfortable in the field, preferring to see it, feel it, and breathe it in rather than to merely read and write about it. He covered a lot of ground, working as far south as the South Pole and as far north as Alaska. Jack seemed happiest when carrying a comically overweight pack of surveying gear through rugged, steep terrain during sleet storms. Born in Michigan, raised in Delaware, wishing to spend as much of life outdoors in wilder places than these, Jack was known for driving crazy hours for a good ski or an ultimate frisbee match.
Father and son Ralph and Jack Kleinman both died suddenly, in the midst of their lives’ endeavors. If you bring patience and creativity to every problem, invite ideas from other disciplines, enjoy the natural surroundings in which you work, nurture and appreciate the friends you make along your way, never give up until the job is done, and still smile through the rain, obstacles, and everyday details, you will carry on the spirit and will honor the memories of Ralph and Jack Kleinman.
Students interested in applying for a Ralph and Jack Kleinman Student Research Fellowship should contact Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert A. Gastaldo at Colby extension 5807 or email@example.com.
Ralph and Jack Kleinman Student Research Fellowships History