Three West Virginia University philosophy majors have been awarded scholarships for showinggreat academic promisein their field.

Receiving the annual McKay-Coast Scholars Award for 2004-05 are Adam Friedlander and Angela Martin, both of Morgantown, and Timothy Facemyer, from Charleston.

Friedlander is a dual philosophy and psychology major who is also minoring in creative writing. He transferred to WVU last year from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he had been majoring in computer science.

Hes interested in human nature, he saidhow people think, what they believe and how they react to things.

Martin is a senior majoring in philosophy and sociology. Shes interested in the philosophies of Epictitus, Kant and Nietzsche, and became a philosophy major after taking the Departments onlinePhilosomaniaquiz.

Shes a tutor for WVU Student Support Services, and has also been named that organizations tutor of the year for 2004. Shes a student representative on the Eberly College Deans Student Advisory Board, and has spent the fall semester as an assistant in Dr. Daniel ShapirosCurrent Moral Problemscourse.

Facemyer is a junior philosophy major who read Nietzschefor funas a student at Sissonville High, where he graduated in 2002.

His interest in the field includes the writings of both Nietzsche and Camus, along with the study of existentialism and continental philosophy. Hes also a history buff who is thinking of going on to law school.

WVU s Department of Philosophy is housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. There are currently 60 majors enrolled. For more information, call the department at 304-293-3641.

To take the onlinePhilosomaniaquiz, visitwww.wvu.edu/~philosophy/philosomania.html.