Celebrating Students 2013: Fulbright Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2013 who received a Fulbright or other award for study/teaching in Germany/Austria for next year:

Victoria Barclay ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Indonesia

Sophia Duncan ’13, Study of history, Morocco

Shemuel Garber ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Germany

Judy Her ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Korea

Cristine Khan ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Colombia

Maria Meara-Bainbridge ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Colombia

Nathan Shane ’13, Study of music, Georgia

Benjamin Soloway ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Turkey

May Lee Watase ’13, Teaching assistantship for English, Germany

In other news, Elena Georgieva ’13 received a German Academic Exchange Service grant for study of organic chemistry in Berlin; Keisha Mayers ’13 received a Baden-Württemberg grant for a year’s study in Germany; and Adam Rashkoff received an Austrian government teaching assistantship for English. 

Fellowships for Law School and Grad School — App deadlines: May 2 & 28, respectively

Hello Seniors,Looking for a full-time job with a nonprofit organization? Applying to law school this year?If so, these fellowships may be of interest:



The Horace Reed Baldwin Fellowship provides a financial award to offset your first year’s tuition at law school. Deadline: May 2.

The Miller Family Foundation Prize provides a loan forgiveness award to any senior with Wesleyan need-based financial aid loans. Deadline: May 28.

Application is through MyCC.  Email me if you have questions!  — Jim Kubat/jkubat@wes



The Brodigan Award for service in Africa — Apps due 4/15

The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors (first priority) and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent.

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa. Students may propose to provide service in educational institutions, development organizations, grassroots groups, or non-governmental organizations pursuing service work. Research projects will be supported especially if it is likely to provide concrete benefits to African society or to contribute to the student’s ability to serve African interests in some capacity.

This information session will discuss the types of projects funded and the materials required for a successful application. Further details can be found on the African Studies website: http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu/christopher-brodigan-award-2013/

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 15.   Contact Prof. Sarah  Croucher for more information.


Projects for Peace — Info Sessions 11/30 & 12/10; App deadline: 1/28/13

Projects for Peace

Come find out how to apply for this $10,000 grant to support projects promoting peace during the summer of 2013.  All Wesleyan undergraduates are eligible to apply and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the info sessions. Applications are due Monday January 28, 2013.  

Info sessions:  Friday 11/30 at 4pm Allbritton Room 304 and Monday 12/10 1pm Allbritton Room 304 

All information is on our website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace/index.html  

Any questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz, clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Note from Dean Brown–9/2/12

Hey 2013’ers,

Welcome back to your senior year!  That “time flies” has never been truer:  I can’t believe you’re in your last year, can you?  It’s amazing—and wonderful.   You all have traveled far over the last three years and have a great year left to go.  Make the most of it! 

I hope you have had the weekend to get settled into your houses and apartments, and are ready for the start of classes tomorrow.  Many of you will start in on your capstone experience this semester—whether that be a thesis, essay, project, research, or performance—while  others look forward  to it in the spring.  Whenever you do it, it’s a great opportunity to dive headlong into focused intellectual and creative exploration and synthesis.  Go for it! 

 Drop/Add also begins tomorrow, and ends on Sept. 14.  No grading mode changes or course deletions after that.  The ten-week withdrawal period  begins on Sept. 15.   Make sure you know where you are with your credits and with any oversubscription.  Check your credit analysis, check your major certification form.  NOW is the time to identify and take care of any  problems.  You do not want to jeopardize your graduation because you are short of credits/major requirements. 

The Watson, Fulbright, Rhodes and several other scholarships/fellowships for next year have early fall deadlines.  Check out Scholarships/Fellowships, if interested, and talk with the campus liaison.  Speaking of life post-Wes, it is never too late to get into the WCC to explore your options—job? starting your own non-profit/for profit? grad school? professional school? internship? travel?  In the U.S.?  Abroad?   The possibilities are endless, which also can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what you want to do.  Contact Persephone Hall (phall@wesleyan.edu) or any other WCC staff member to set up a time to meet to start sorting things out or just wander into the WCC resource library. 

The class blog will be up and running as of Monday.  Keep an  eye out for Celebrating Students columns this week (and write about your great summer experience!!) as well as for info about the Senior Welcome Back event.

I hope you had a great summer, and are looking forward to a great senior year.  Make it count!   And don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Best, Dean Brown

Watson Informational Meeting — 4/18, 4 :15 pm


WED., APRIL 18 , 4:15 p.m.  PAC002




Celebrating Students ’13: Davenport Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all those 2013’ers who are the recipients of the Davenport Grant, which funds summer research in public affairs, and primarily in the social sociences. These funds are made available through a gift to Wesleyan from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frenderick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Davenport, Class of 1897. 

Grant recipients for the Summer of 2012 are Zain Alam, Dahlia Azran, Katya Botwinick, Emma Caccamo, Sarah Cassel, Sarah Chrystler, Aria Danaparamita, Marjorie Dodson, Catherine Doren, Jacob Eichengreen, Alexandra Ellerbeck, Alexandra Galef, Maxwell Hellman, Charlotte Heyrman, Stephanie Huezo, Kim Ingebritsen, Leah Koenig, Ka-Ya Lee, Kathryn McConnell, Joseph O’Donnell, Agueda Ortega, Gavin Swee, McNeil Taylor, Nandita Vijayaraghavan, Elizabeth Waugh, Elizabeth Williams, Bingxin Wu, and  Catherine Zhou. 

Again, congratulations!

CHUM Student Fellow — Fall 2012 or Spring 2013; App deadline 4/6/12

Student Fellowship Center for the Humanities

 Calling Class of 2013

 Application Deadline:  April 6, 2012

 Please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/chum and follow the Student Fellowship link for  the application.

 All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities during the 2012-13 academic year. Wesleyan’s is among the first such university humanities centers established and serves to bring together Wesleyan faculty, students and visiting scholars for extended exploration of selected subjects. Our 2012-13 themes are “Temporality: Stasis, Repetition, Transformation” (Fall semester) and “Emplacing the Local” (Spring semester).  Descriptions of these themes are available at the website above.

Four Student Fellowships are awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board for each semester.  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

 Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (an honors thesis) on a topic related to a Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes, “Temporality: Stasis: Repetition, Transformation” and “Emplacing the Local” are broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during fall semester are Professors Cohen (English), Huge (Art and Environmental Studies), Rouse (Science in Society, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies), Tang (English and American Studies), and Weiss (Anthropology and American Studies). Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during the spring semester are Professors Ahmad (Religion and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Croucher (Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Garrett (English), Goldberg (Sociology), and Karamcheti (English and American Studies). There will also be several Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

 Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Friday, April 6.  We will let you know of the Center Advisory Board’s decision by April 18.  If you have any questions, please call the Center at extension 3044.


Davenport Study Grants 2012 — Apps due 3/9

Davenport Study Grants 2012
Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. Most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.  Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible. All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest, but additional amounts of up to $2,500 may be awarded, with total awards normally not exceeding $3,000. For detailed information about the application process, please consult the Davenport Grant website  http://www.wesleyan.edu/pac/davenport.html. The deadline for all application materials is noon, Friday, March 9, 2012.  Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 2, 2012.