Post Date: April 13, 2006

Martin Kurzweil, 2L, recently won two prominent awards along with co-authors William Bowen, the former President of Princeton University, and Eugene Tobin, former president of Hamilton College. This week, their book, “Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education,” won both the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Research Association and the University Continuing Education Association’s 2006 Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education.

“The American Educational Research Association and the University Continuing Education Association are large and well-regarded educational organizations,” said Kurzweil. “Receiving these two awards is a wonderful honor and will generate needed attention to the issues of access, equity and educational quality that my co-authors and I studied.”

The book argues that elite colleges haven’t gone far enough to enroll students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Bowen, now president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, led research on the book. Kurzweil’s role in the study began one summer when he worked as a researcher at the Mellon Foundation with Bowen. Together, the two co-authored “Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values,” a book that examines intercollegiate athletics.

More information about the book and Kurzweil’s research is available in a story in the November 2005 issue of Harvard Law Today, Student Spotlight: The Write Stuff.