Students Pursue Postgraduate Studies
2003-04 Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
|Oberlin College graduates
have long been the recipients of scholarships, grants,
and fellowships to help with postgraduate studies. Many
use the awards to pursue advanced degrees; others use
the funding to pursue independent projects at home and
abroad. Here are this year's additions to a proud Oberlin
funding for four years of graduate study, as well as for conference
attendance and summer research.
Javits Fellow (Kathleen) Cameron Wiggins '04, who majored in
Russian and English, will pursue an MA and PhD in Russian literature
next fall at either the University of California-Berkeley or the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. She is interning this summer at the Dostoevsky
Literary Memorial Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, working with the
documents and texts of Fyodor Dostoevsky.
a grant of $22,000 to college graduates of unusual promise for the
purpose of engaging in a year of independent study and travel abroad
following their graduation.
Watson Fellow Scott Ewart '04, an art history major from Newton,
Massachusetts, will study architecture in Mali, Siberia, and Bangladesh
to learn how the harsh environments have influenced the way people
think about shelter and the strategies they have devised to make their
regions habitable. "When I return to the U.S.," Ewart says,
"I plan to apply to architecture schools and pursue a career
in architecture and design."
Anthropology major Selina Morales '04 will travel to Mexico,
Guatemala, India, and Brazil to explore the relationships between
local food and storytelling. Her project, "Creole Cupboards:
Improvisation and Strength in Local Kitchens," will investigate
the way common histories have shaped oral tales and local foods.
American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership
potential. This year more than 1,000 applicants vied for the coveted
places, which are worth approximately $60,000 over two years of study
at a university in the United Kingdom.
Chris Macklin '04, winner of Great Britain's 2004 Marshall
Scholarship, is also one of two U.S. students selected this year to
complete his doctorate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH);
this is the first time the NIH has made this option available to Marshall
winners. While in England, Macklin also plans to complete a master's
degree in early music at York University.
recipients with round-trip transportation, as well as funding for
a full year of tuition and other related expenses.
Jill Lichtenwalner '04, winner of a 2004 Fulbright Grant, will
spend the coming year studying 19th-century music history at the University
of Bonn. Lichtenwalner, a percussion performance and music history
major, will use the grant to explore comparisons between German and
American approaches to music history. "Not only is Germany the
birthplace of the music I want to study, it is the birthplace of musicology,"
says Lichtenwalner. "I'll be able to study German music in a
traditionally German manner."
Fulbright Grant recipient Gabriel Cooper '04 will spend the
coming year teaching English as a second language at the high-school
level in Berlin. Cooper, who majored in German literature, also plans
to investigate the relationships that exist between people from both
sides of the formerly divided nation. "I want to find out if
Germans still have preconceived notions of 'other' Germans,"
says Cooper. "It will be interesting to see what, if any, attitudes
still exist this many years after the Berlin Wall coming down."
Jonathan Walton '04, winner of a 2004 Fulbright Grant, will
spend the coming year at Nanjing University in China, studying the
literature of the Taiping Rebellion era (1851-1864). Walton, who majored
in East Asian studies, plans to compare Taiping literature to the
writings of similar syncretic belief systems. He also plans to use
his time in China to explore Oberlin's missionary past, as well as
its strong connection to China.
German literature major Robin Ellis '04, also a recipient
of a 2004 Fulbright Grant, will spend the coming year studying Germanic languages and literature at the Technische Universität Berlin.
COMPTON MENTOR FELLOWSHIPpromotes
the creativity and commitment of graduating seniors to environmental
and social issues, while providing guidance from a mentor within a
Eden Trenor '04 is returning to her hometown of Mukilteo, Washington,
to start a local farmers market. The graduating senior recently received
a $40,000 Compton Mentor Fellowship to fund the project, which she
hopes will attract residents to Mukilteo's under-used downtown areas.
"Mukilteo has changed for the worse in the past 22 years,"
Trenor says. "It's a bedroom community, with very little activity
downtown. I hope that by creating a place to gather, we can generate
a sense of community and build bridges between people." Trenor
plans to remain in Mukilteo for the next three years to manage the
ANDREW W. MELLON FELLOWSHIP IN HUMANISTIC
STUDIESsupports exceptionally promising students
as they pursue advanced study in the disciplines of the humanities.
The fellowship covers full graduate tuition and all required fees
for the first year of graduate study, as well as a one-year stipend
Michael Gallope '04, a double-degree student who majored in
piano performance and the visual arts, has been awarded an Andrew
W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. Gallope will enroll at
New York University in the fall and begin working toward a PhD in
musicology and ethnomusicology. "I'm thrilled to receive the
Mellon," he says. "I want to write criticism that incorporates
experimental music, complex music, and pop music in context with one
other. This award will give me the extra year I need to focus on this
type of writing."
Julia Irwin '04, who studied the history and philosophy of
science, received an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.
Irwin plans to pursue a PhD in the history of medicine and science
at Yale University. "My education at Oberlin has been fabulous.
Receiving the Mellon is a nice testament to what Oberlin has done
for me in my four years here," Irwin says.
Lydia Barnett '03, who majored in history, was also awarded
an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.