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The 2003 Siebel Scholars are: Arlindo Eira Filho, Harsha Misra, Brian Myers, Allison Barmann, and Edwin Van Dusen, presenting the award is Senior Associate Dean Bob Korajczyk.

Five Kellogg students honored as Siebel Scholars

By Deborah Leigh Wood

1/1/2004 - After a lengthy selection process, the Kellogg School of Management is pleased to announce its 2003 Siebel Scholars.

Chosen for their academic and leadership excellence are Allison Barmann, Arlindo Eira Filho, Harsha Misra, Brian Myers and Edwin Van Dusen. Each student received a $25,000 scholarship, to be applied to tuition, from Siebel Systems Inc., an eBusiness applications software company based in San Mateo, Calif.

Siebel Systems established the Siebel Scholars program in 2001 to recognize the five most talented students at each of the leading graduate schools of business and computer science in its program.

The Kellogg School’s five Siebel Scholars had similar reactions upon learning of their award—surprise, happiness and humility.

“It’s a nice surprise and a great honor, because there are incredibly talented people in our year; 50 to 60 other students could have received this,” said Misra. Previously employed by ZS Associates in Evanston, a global management consulting firm, he has secured a job with McKinsey & Co. after graduation and hopes to eventually return to New Delhi, where he is from, to start a small focus consulting company. At the Kellogg School he is co-chair of the India Business Conference and a research fellow working with Ranjay Gulati, Michael Ludwig Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Organizations.

Eira Filho, a lawyer who ran a family business in Manaus, Brazil prior to enrolling at Kellogg, said he was especially gratified to be chosen a Siebel Scholar because of “the caliber of the people at Kellogg. Many students here deserve the scholarship.” He plans to work as a consultant in finance and strategy. Eira Filho is the co-chair of Catholics@Kelloggand a member of the winning team at the 2003 IESE-Roland Berger International Case Competition.

“To be selected out of all these incredible people” has thrilled Barmann, who grew up in Waconia, Minn., and worked in market research at Telephia, a young San Francisco-based company that provides information products to the wireless companies to help track their position in the mobile marketplace. At Kellogg she is co-creator and co-chair of Kellogg Cares, co-chair of the Kellogg Marketing Conference, co-chair of the Kellogg Service InitiativeExecutive Committee and a member of the executive committee for the 2003 Biotech Conference. Barmann, who plans to go into consulting or marketing, says she’s especially grateful for the scholarship because her husband, Rob, is also a student at Kellogg.

“It’s pretty elite company to be in,” Van Dusen says of his Siebel Scholar status. Originally from Bryn Mawr, Pa., the former head of sales and marketing in Baltimore at Community of Science Inc. (COS), a leading Internet site for the global R&D community, has accepted a job in Chicago with Bain & Co., an international management consulting firm. Van Dusen is co-chair of the MBA Food Fight, which raises money to feed people in the Chicago area, and co-chair of the Kellogg Habitat for Humanity club.

Brian Myers was at the far side of surprise—shock—after checking his email about a week after the Siebel Scholars were notified. “It was a good shock, though. I was also humbled. It’s not something you plan for,” he said, “not something you expect. I’m happy that the contributions I’ve made will be long-standing.” Myers is co-chair of the 2003 Kellogg Leadership Conference, special events chair of the 2004 Kellogg Marketing Conference, chair of the Graduation Speaker Committee and trip leader of the Kellogg Service Initiative. Prior to coming to Kellogg, he was a manger in the customer relationship management practice at Accenture in Houston. He is seeking a job in brand or product management after graduation.

In choosing the Siebel Scholars, Kellogg’s Office of the Dean first identified second-year full-time students with GPAs in the top 10 percent of their class. Then the chairs of the six academic departments nominated between two and five students from this pool. A seven-member Kellogg School selection committee assessed each student, and, to make sure there were no obvious admissions, the members also reviewed the records of other students who had 4.0 GPAs but who weren’t nominated. The committee then chose five nominees, whose accomplishments were reviewed and approved by Dean Dipak C. Jain.

In addition to the Kellogg School, other schools in the Siebel Scholars program are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University.