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English Majors Natascha Barac and William Stewart Named 2024 Dean’s Scholars

Congratulations to Natascha Barac and William Stewart, both English majors, on being named 2024 Dean’s Scholars by the School of Arts and Sciences! This honor is presented annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise. See below for more details on both students and click here to view the complete list of winners.

Natascha Barac, C’23, English and Physics
Natascha is a double major in English and Physics. In both fields, she has earned high praise for being a fast learner, a deep thinker, and a careful researcher. When not on Penn’s campus, she has notably conducted astronomy research in Australia. Natascha’s physics research on machine-learning as it relates to astronomy is now being tested on the supercomputer system at Lawrence Berkeley Labs.

William StewartC’25, English and Music
William is a Music and English double major whose compositions have been performed in concerts hosted by the Penn Sound Collective and Penn’s annual Ensemble Residency Program, for which he has a composition premiere performance scheduled this spring. A gifted composer and researcher, wonderful student, and intrepid performer on saxophone, William is poised to make an important contribution to scholarly literature concerning the philosophical and historical workings of 20th century music.