2016 Internal Awards

  • Spring 2016 Conference Travel Grant Awards to Graduate Students
  • Spring 2016 Dissertation Research Travel Grants Awarded to Five Doctoral Students

2016 External Awards 

Six Graduate Students Awarded 2016 Cosmos Club Scholars Grant

  • Chelsea Berry (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Poisoned Relations: Medicine, Sorcery, and Poison Trials in the Greater Caribbean, 1690-1850." Mentor: Dr. Alison Games
  • Gregory Brew (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Mandarins, Paladins and Pahlavis: Anglo-American Modernization and the Dual Integration of Oil in Iran, 1925-1963." Mentor: Dr. David Painter
  • Kate Dannies (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Harem to Homefront: Ottoman Women in World War I." Kate's $3,000 award supported travel to Lebanon and Turkey during summer 2016, where she conducted research for her dissertation examining the experiences of Ottoman women during the First World War, and the war’s impact on gender relations in Ottoman society. Her research enriches the historiography of the Ottoman war with two key contributions: a focus on the activities of women during the war years, and an examination of the war’s lasting impact on Ottoman and post-Ottoman gender relations. As in much of Europe, World War I in the Ottoman Empire was characterized by ‘total war’, whereby the classic distinction between the front and the home front became irrelevant as the effects of war pervaded everyday life and transformed society. Using the concept of total war to consider the experiences of women alongside those of men, thereby viewing them as intertwined and interdependent rather than as distinct and irreconcilable. Mentor: Dr. Judith Tucker


  • Andrey Gornostaev (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Peasants 'on the Move': Illegal Migration in Eighteenth-Century Russia." Mentor: Dr. Catherine Evtuhov 
    *Awarded the Joan Challinor Award for Overall Excellence 
  • John Maurer (Ph.D. candidate, ): "An Era of Negotiation: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, 1969-1972." Mentor: Dr. David Painter
    *Awarded the Joan Challinor Award for Overall Excellence 
  • Jackson Perry (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Baron Ferdinand von Mueller's Scientific Network of Eucalyptus Enthusiasts." Jackson's dissertation examines the introduction of the eucalyptus tree genus to the Mediterranean region in the late nineteenth century. The $3,500 award supported travel to Melbourne, Australia during May-July, 2016 where he consulted the papers of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, a German-Australian naturalist who was the most ardent promoter of eucalyptus planting in the nineteenth century. Mentor: Dr. John McNeill

Grants, ranging in value from $500-$4,000, are intended to cover the cost of supplies or research materials, travel, and other expenses associated with completion of a thesis or dissertation. Applications for the 2017 cycle are expected to become available in early fall 2016.

Three Graduate Students Awarded 2016 ARCS Scholar Named Awards

The following graduate students were awarded ARCS Foundation Scholar Named Awards by the Metropolitan Washington Chapter (MWC) of the ARCS Foundation to support their dissertation research during the 2016-17 academic year: 

  • Teresa Duncan, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry and ARCS Foundation Patricia Smith Memorial Scholar. Dissertation research: conducting research in polymer gels for the cleaning of cultural heritage. Teresa is a continuing award recipent from 2014-15 and 2015-16 during which time she held ARCS Chapter Scholar Awards. Mentor: Dr. Richard Weiss
  • Erika Raven, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdiscplinary Program in Neuroscience and ARCS Foundation Laytham Scholar. Dissertation research: uses novel magnetic resonance imaging methodology to study change in myelin microstructure during human adolescent development. Erika also is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which supported her studies for the period, September 2013-August 2016. Mentor: Dr. John VanMeter
  • Marina Solomos, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry and ARCS Foundation Danaher Corporation Scholar. Dissertation research: how solid state materials utilizes template-directed crystallization to selectively grow polymorphs of organic compounds and to elucidate the interfacial template/crystal interactions that control crystal growth, with applications in pharmaceuticals. Marina is a continuing scholar from 2015-16 during which time she held the ARCS Foundation Forster Scholar Award. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Swift

The ARCS Scholar Awards provide $15,000 in support per fellow to be used toward stipend and/or research costs during the academic year of award. 

2016-17 Boren Graduate Fellowships for Research and Language Study Abroad

2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards and Honorable Mentions

Bepina Sabalic Kunin Scholars

Awards Archive

2015 Internal Awards

2015 External Awards 

Special Recognition Awards

Win an award? Please complete a "external funding self-reporting form" or contact Maria Snyder, Director of External Fellowships, to share news of an external award or for further information regarding any of the below noted awards.

Psychology Ph.D./M.P.P. Candidate Recipient of a fellowship from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

Christina Padilla, a third year joint Ph.D. in Psychology and Master's in Public Policy candidate, was awarded a 12-week fellowship at the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families where she will work on a research project on improving the lives of Hispanic children and families, contribute to other research projects and activities going on at the Center, and work towards publishing and presenting the findings at professional outlets. Christina’s dissertation research examines the role of parental investments and early childcare experiences on children’s academic and socioemotional outcomes, and she is particularly interested in learning how these findings can inform policy to improve outcomes for low-income children and their families. In this vein, the fellowship will provide her with the opportunity to attend hill briefings and other local conferences and meetings, where she can build on her public policy training and contribute to her dissertation work, and ultimately bridge research and policy. Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Ryan

Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate Awarded "Sanders Prize" by the American Philosophical Association

Matthew Shields, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, was awarded the "Sanders Prize" by the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. The Sanders Prize, "designed to promote excellent research and writing in philosophy on the part of younger scholars," is awarded to each of the three best papers in mind, metaphysics, epistemoloy, or ethics submitted by graduate students for the annual Eastern Division meeting of the APA. Matthew presented his paper, "Can Reality be Resisted? The Limits of Haslanger's Account of Social Construction," at the January 9, 2016 meeting in Washington, DC. The prizes are funded by the Marc Sanders Foundation. Mentor: Dr. Mark Lance

History Graduate Student Awarded Two-Year Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D. candidate in History, was awarded a two-year Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Development, Security, and Governance at Brown University where she will spend the 2015-16 and 2016-2017 academic years converting her dissertation, "Cultivating Empires: Environment, Expertise, and Scientific Agriculture in Late Ottoman and French Mandate Syria," into a publishable manuscript and offer a seminar per year focusing on Middle Eastern studies. Mentor: Dr. Judith E. Tucker

Chemistry doctoral student selected to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Carina Minardi, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, was selected to attend the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureat Meeting in Lindau, Germany on June 28-July 3, 2015. Carina's research focuses on the mechanism by which gas-phase ions evolve from charged nano-droplets for mass spectrometric detection. Using newly developed Time of Ionization Spectrometry of Charged Nano-droplets, she and members of the Jorabchi Lab is able to correlate the properties of the ions in solution to those in gas phase, enabling a new avenue for characterization of environmentally and biologically important processes such as non-covalent interactions of solutes and interfacial chemistry of nano-droplets. Additionally, she also is working on a collaborative project to identify and quantify halogenated compounds (specifically, environmental contaminants) using a method also developed by the Jorabchi lab group termed Plasma Assisted Reaction Chemical Ionization (PARCI). Mentor: Dr. Kaveh Jorabchi 

An official press release from the ORAU was pubished on May 4, 2015. 

Psychology doctoral student awarded 2015-16 Koppitz Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Anna J. Markowitz, Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, was awarded a 2015-16 Elizabeth Munsterber Koppitz Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship by the American Psychological Foundation. Anna's dissertation examines the role of school connection and educational policy in youth's social and emotional development, and specifically whether links between connection to school and socio-emotional outcomes are plausibly causal, whether these links differ by child age and family income, and whether this influence persists through early adulthood. If these analyses reveal that school connection does exert a substantial and/or long lasting effect on social and emotional development, it is important to think about how educational policies may influence youth's bonding to and relationships with their schools. Therefore, her final question uses a counterfactual interrupted time series design to identify whether "No Child Left Behind" has influenced youth's reported connection to school. Once completed, the dissertation will have implications for policy makers and school personnel seeking to promote healthy development. Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Ryan

Government doctoral student awarded 2015-16 Belfer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard

Jaclyn A. Kerr, Ph.D. candidate in Government, was awarded a 2015-16 Science, Technology, and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Belfer Center at Harvard University where she will be a member of the "Cyber Project." Jackie also was awarded, but ultimately turned down, a postdoctoral fellowship from the University Center for Human Values and the Center for Information Technology at Princeton University, and was an alternate for a postdoctoral fellowship in regional studies at the Davis Center, Harvard University. Jackie is spending the current academic year at Stanford University as a 2014-15 Cybersecurity Predoctoral Fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Mentor: Dr. Harley D. Balzer

MA in Conflict Resolution candidate awarded 2015-16 eBay, Inc. Award 

Taylor Colvin, an M.A. candidate in Conflict Resolution, is the recipient of the 2015-16 eBay Policy Scholars Fellowship from eBay, Inc. The fellowship includes space and access to proprietary data at the eBay office in Washington, DC during either the fall or spring term and a $1,500 stipend.

Five Graduate Students Awarded 2015 ARCS Scholar Awards

The following graduate students were awarded ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards by the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the ARCS Foundation to support their dissertation research during the 2015-16 academic year: 

  • Teresa Duncan, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry. Dissertation research: conducting research in polymer gels for the cleaning of cultural heritage. Teresa is a continuing ARCScholar Award recipient from 2014-15. Mentor: Dr. Richard Weiss
  • Laura C. Erickson, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdiscplinary Program in Neuroscience. Dissertation research: conducting research on the functional and structural neural correlates of audiovisual speech processes, including theMcGurk effect, and the connectivity of the superior temporalsulcus in humans using various neuroimaging and meta-analytic techniques. Laura is an FY2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awardee; her fellowship will conclude at the end of May, 2015. Mentors: Dr. Josef Rauschecker and Dr. Peter Turkeltaub
  • Kyle Shattuck, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdiscplinary Program in Neuroscience. Dissertation research: developing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to non-invasively measure changes in specific brain metabolites that regulate attention, learning and memory in humans. Mentor: Dr. John W. VanMeter
  • Marina Solomos, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry. Dissertation research: how solid state materials utilizes template-directed crystallization to selectively grow polymorphs of organic compounds and to elucidate the interfacial template/crystal interactions that control crystal growth, with applications in pharmaceuticals. . Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Swift
  • Steven Spangenberg, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry. Dissertation research: conducting research in solid state organic chemistry to elucidate the dehydration mechanism(s) of crystalline hydrates, and how doping effects can be used to rationally tailor the physical properties of these materials. Steven is a continuing ARCS Scholar Award recipient from 2014-15. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer A. Swift (Declined Award, August 2015)
  • Bryce Yoshimura, Ph.D. candidate in Physics. Dissertation research: performing calculations and simulations to describe how a quantum computer that is constructed out of a small crystal of a few hundred ions works, and how to improve a quantum computer’s function. Bryce is a continuing ARCS Scholar Award recipient from 2014-15. Mentor: Dr. James K. Freericks

The ARCS Scholar Awards provide $15,000 in support per fellow to be used toward stipend and/or research costs during the academic year of award. 

Six Graduate Students Awarded 2015 Cosmos Club Scholars Grant

The following graduate students were awarded a 2015 Cosmos Club Scholars Grant:

  • Katy Hull (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Despotism With a Dimple: American Sympathizers with Italian Fascism." Katy's dissertation examines how various American public figures and intellectuals across a broad political and cultural spectrum sympathized with Italian Fascism during the 1920s and 1930s. The $4,000 grant will cover archival research in New York (NYC Public Library and Columbia University in NYC; Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park) and Ilinois (University of Southern Illinois), where she will consult the personal papers of some of these figures in hopes of elucidating their influence on American culture and politics in the inter-war decades. Mentor: Dr. Michael Kazin
  • Scott Miles (Ph.D. candidate, IPN): "The neurocognition of learning a new musical system." The funds will be used to cover seven hours of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning time at the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) at GUMC. The scanning time will be incorporated into the pilot testing stage of his research project and hopefully be used to inform the overall design of a larger project. Scott and his faculty advisor, Dr. Michael Ullman, plan to use the fMRI data in a propsal to the National Science Foundation. Mentor: Dr. Michael Ullman
  • Timothy Schmalz (M.A. candidate, MAGES): "Showcasing Race and Empire through Lebensborn and the SS-Kalender." Tim's thesis is a reevaluation of the so-called 'racial state' paradigm that has characterized many histories of the Third Reich in the past twenty years. The $3,700 grant will help defray the cost of travel and accommodation for data collection at the Federal Archive of the Federal Republic of Germany, located in Berlin, where he will examine materials on the Lebensborn, a secretive arm of the SS which was initially a neo-natal welfare association but whose purpose transformed into kidnapping 'Aryan' children from Eastern Europe.
  • Yue Shi (Ph.D. candidate, History): "The Tacit Collaboration: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in the Central Asian Frontier of the Qing and Russia, 1860s-1910s." Yue's dissertation will provide a local history of both the Yili River Valley and the Semirech'e region during the late 19th and early 20th century -- or late imperial Russia and China in general -- with thematic emphasis on the steppe-sown relations and the frontier administration.  The $3,500 grant will cover a research trip to Moscow during Summer 2015. Mentor: Dr. James A. Millward
  • Jordan Smith (Ph.D. candidate, History): "The Invention of Rum." Jordan's dissertation will provide a history of rum, the distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, and its growth into a large and profitable industry. The $2,000 grant will help defray the cost of travel to London, Bristol, Cheshire, and Edinburgh, UK, where he will consult various sources on the 17th- and 18th-century British rum industry and its connections to similar enterprises in the Caribbean and North America. Mentor: Dr. Alison Frasier Games 
  • Elizabeth Williams (Ph.D. candidate, History): "Cultivating Empires: Environment, Expertise, and Scientific Agriculture in Late Ottoman and French Mandate Syria." Elizabeth's dissertation compares Ottoman and French mandate approaches to imperial governance, questions of expertise, and the environment in Syria through the lens of agricultural policy from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. In particular, focusing on the emerging technologies of scientific agriculture, it investigates the institutional, intellectual and practical continuities and divergences in Ottoman and French mandate approaches to rural development and local responses. The $1,500 grant will defray some of the costs of a spring 2015 research trip to archives in France and the League of Nations' Mandate archive in Geneva, Switzerland. Mentor: Dr. Judith E. Tucker 

Additionally, Mr. Miles also was awarded the J.K. McLaughlin Award in Biomedical Sciences.

Grants, ranging in value from $500-$4,000, are intended to cover the cost of supplies or research materials, travel, and other expenses associated with completion of a thesis or dissertation. Applications for the 2016 cycle are expected to become available in early fall 2015.

Two Graduate Students Awarded 2015-16 DAAD Long-term Research Grants to Germany

  • Selim Gungorurler, Ph.D. candidate in History, will spend the period, October 1, 2015-July 31, 2016 conducting research in Berlin, Germany for his dissertation, "Ottoman-Safavid Relations from 1640-1720." His thesis examines this long period of peace in the relations between Turkey and Iran with a focus on diplomatic contacts, policies aimed at preserving the peace, frontier provinces, cultural exchange, rivalry and legitimacy, and confessional differences. His research plans include consulting both Ottoman and Safavid archival documents, published chronicles, and manuscripts at the Berlin State Library, and working directly with Prof. Cristoph Herzog and Dr. Walter Posch, both leading scholars in Ottoman-Safavid relations and Turkology and Iranology, respectively. Mentor: Dr. Gabor J. Agoston
  • Alexander Macartney, Ph.D. candidate in History, will spend the period, October 31, 2015-May 31, 2016 in Berlin, Germany working on his dissertation, "War in the Postwar: West German and Japanese Protest Against the War in Vietnam." His research project focuses on the West German and Japanese 1960s with the reaction to Vietnam as a central conflict, examining the decade’s place in larger comparative German and Japanese history, the parallel formation of New Left student movements and their objection to the war, the effect the war’s escalation had on domestic sentiment around the long-term US military presence, and the turn towards revolutionary violence and global revolution in the wake of 1968. He will work directly with Dr. Prof. Sebastian Conrad, an expert on postwar German and Japanese history, based at the Freie Universität Berlin. Mentor: Dr. Anna von der Goltz

The DAAD provides Study Abroad Scholarhips and Research Grants to Germany to graduate students for a period of up to 10 months. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are due November 4, 2015.

Graduate Student Awarded GU / DAAD Study Abroad Scholarship

Jonas Bergmann, M.S. candidate in Foreign Service, was awarded a DAAD-GU Study Abroad Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Jonas will receive a monthly stipend, transportation costs, and health insurance directly from the DAAD; his tuition will be covered by Georgetown as part of the reciprocal agreement with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award and Honorable Mentions

Kelly Michaelis, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience awarded a 2015-16 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award. Kelly is the sixth IPN student in the last four years to receive a fellowship. Brittany Aguilar and Gabrielle Anne Torre, PhD candidates in IPN, and Marcie King, Col' 14 in Psychology, were recognized with Honorable Mentions.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides a 12-month stipend ($34,000 effective June 1, 2015) to fellows and cost-of-education allowance ($12,000) to the institution to defray the cost of tuition, health insurance, fees and to support the student's research needs. Applications for the 2016-17 cycle expected to become available late summer 2015. 

2015-16 Boren Graduate Fellowship Awards

Ten students awarded a Boren Graduate Fellowship for language and cultural studies abroad during the 2015-16 academic year: 

  • Mathew M. Anderson, Ph.D. candidate in Theology (Jordan)
  • James S. Batchelder, M.A. candidate in Conflict Resolution (India)
  • Andrew R. Chapman, M.A. candidate in Asian Studies (Japan)*
  • Lara D. Crouch, M.A. candidate in Asian Studies, for study (China)
  • Denise Elizabeth Der, M.A. candidate in Security Studies (China)*
  • Michelle R. Lillie, M.A. candidate in Security Studies (Brazil)
  • Martin B. Seitz, M.S. candidate in Foreign Service (South Korea)
  • Elizabeth Teoman, MA candidate in Security Studies (Turkey)
  • Audrey Waldrop, M.A. candidate in Conflict Resolution (Jordan)
  • Sophia Zhang, M.A. candidate in Asian Studies (Japan)

An additional two graduate students remain designated as "alternates." Students noted with an (*) asterisk have declined their award.

The Boren Fellowship Program provides up $30,000 in support to U.S. graduate students looking to add an international component to their graduate education. Awards include funding to cover specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The next application cycle will occur in the fall with an expected deadline in late January 2016. U.S. citizenship required at time of the application; includes an NSEP Government Service requirement post graduation.

History Ph.D. Student Awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

Graham Hough-Cornwell (fourth year) History Ph.D. student awarded a (FY2015) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (DDRA) fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct research abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.

Graham's dissertation studies the history of tea and sugar consumption in Morocco and the Sahara from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, Moroccans began drinking green tea, sweetened with sugar and perfumed with mint, that had been imported by British merchants from China. By the early twentieth century, atay was a staple of the diet for most Moroccans and a unique marker of national identity. This taste for green tea also spread into the Sahara through the caravan trade, linking distant populations in Northwest Africa through a common cultural practice.  As such, his project attempts to bridge the historical divide between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Through archival research in Moroccan, French, and British archives, he will examine how different political economic transformations shaped Northwest Africans' consumption habits.

His dissertation research also has been supported by the American Institute of Maghrib Studies, the Cosmos Club Foundation, and Georgetown University.

The DDRA Program is offered once annually, currently in the early spring, and provides between 6-12 months of continuous, uninterrupted doctoral research on non-Western European topics or themes in one or more foreign countries.

History Ph.D. Student Receives International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the SSRC for 2015-16

Clark L. Alejandrino, a third year doctoral candidate in History, under the dual mentorship of Dr. Carol Benedict and Dr. John R. McNeill, was awarded a 2015-16 International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to conduct research in the People's Republic of China.

Clark's dissertation seeks to reconstruct typhoon events, their societal impacts, and responses in coastal Guangdong, China's richest and most populous province, from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It shows when, where, how often, in what intensity, and in what patterns did typhoons strike Guangdong and argues that their seasonal regularity made them play a constructive and not just destructive role in the governance, economy, society, and culture of this rich coastal province. Continuities and changes occurred between the Qing empire, Nationalist regime, and People's Republic of China as centuries-old ways of understanding typhoons interacted with new modes of meteorology, disaster relief, and social and political organization. The Qing, Nationalist, and Communist states all took typhoons into consideration when planning for the province and even learned to use these storms to advance their own agendas. The people of Guangdong too planned their lives around typhoons and learned to cope with them through the formation of various religious and social organizations that eventually shaped life on the coast. With most of China's long coastline, not just Guangdong, vulnerable to typhoons and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting stronger typhoons in a warmer-world scenario, being able to draw from its own rich history with typhoons is important to China as it heads into the future. As an interdisciplinary climate history that draws on historical climatology, anthropological fieldwork, disaster studies, and environmental history, this project contributes to the growing interest in understanding climate's role in our past, present, and future. It also bolsters the field of Chinese climate history, where very few studies exist that explicitly take climate not only into consideration but also as the focus of examination. 

The SSRC's IDRF Program provides nine to twelve months of support to PhD students in the U.S. conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. The next application cycle will occur in fall 2015. 

Two Graduate Students Awarded 2015 Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs 

Douglas McRae, a first year Ph.D. candidate in History under the mentorship of Dr. Erick Langer, and Megan Stewart, a third year Ph.D. candidate in Government under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Byman, were awarded 2015 Edwin J.Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs by The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation and Georgetown University. Each student will receive $2,500 in support of their dissertation research.

History Ph.D. student awarded a Austro-Hungarian Joint Research Grant from the Fulbright Commission

Robert S. Mevissen, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in History, under the mentorship of Dr. James Shedel, was awarded a Fulbright-Austro-Hungarian Joint Research Grant from the Fulbright Commission for the 2015-16 academic year in support of his dissertation, entitled "Natural Identities in the Habsburg Monarchy: State, Society and the Danube." Very broadly speaking, his research project examines how group identities and loyalties formed and changed in the multiethnic Habsburg Monarchy during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Robert will study processes of modernization on the Danube River, such as increasing steamship networks, river regulation, increased commerce, industrialization, and reclamation of the river's floodplains in order to understand how these projects impacted both the physical space of the Danube, and consequently the types of interactions and relationships that changed between people. The project will explore, for example, how both the Habsburg state – bureaucrats, elected officials, and the monarchy – envisioned the goals of these projects (safety, unity, prosperity), and how these representatives of the state negotiated the course and progress of these visions with different groups in society such as industrial workers and owners, nobles, religious orders, merchants, Danube Steam Navigation Company (DDSG) officials, engineers, fishermen and farmers. With the aid of archival research in six major cities over a period of nine months, he hopes to elucidate how people identified with the Danube River, how environmental and physical transformations along it changed state-society interactions, and how different people in society interacted with one another. He also hopes to learn whether, and if so, how the state channelized people’s identification with the Danube into loyalty to the state and the society in which they lived.

Linguistics Ph.D. student awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant 

Kate Riestenberg, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Sicoli, was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) from the National Science Foundation to conduct fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico for a period of six months. Her dissertation investigates the acquisition of tone (i.e., the manipulation of pitch to distinguish words) among children learning Zapotec as a second language through a language revitalization program. While in Mexico, Kate will record weekly videos of students and teachers interacting in the Zapotec language classroom. These videos will then be transcribed and coded to create a publicly available corpus of language data. The goal of this work is to address gaps in our empirical knowledge about second language acquisition by focusing on a severely understudied language and collecting "real-life" language acquisition data over time. 

History PhD student awarded a PARC Fellowship 

Jeffrey Reger, a third year Ph.D. candidate in History under the mentorship of Dr. Judith Tucker, was awarded a U.S. Scholar Fellowship from the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowship is funded by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and will support six months of research in Jerusalem. Jeffrey will work primarily in the Israel State Archive, which he discovered on a preliminary research visit to contain extensive relevant material for his dissertation, "Planting roots in Palestine: the olive tree and national belonging in 20th century Israel/Jordan/Palestine." He also plans to investigate original source materials in the Central Zionist Archive, the Jerusalem Municipal Archive, and the National Library of Israel. This work will complement previous research in American, British, Jordanian, and Palestinian archives.

Jeffrey's dissertation aims to document the history of how and why the olive tree and olive-derived commodities have become so symbolically important and to link traditional political economy to contemporary cultural and literary studies, in an attempt to elucidate the mechanisms by which cultural change occurs. His working hypothesis is that the olive has emerged as the central symbol of Palestinian nationalism in response to changing political, social, and economic conditions on the ground. 

Internal Awards to Graduate Students

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded Conference Travel Grants to graduate students presenting at annual meetings, conferences, and symposia during 2015-16 academic year. A total of 61 grants were awarded for fall 2015 with awards ranging between $150-$500. Applications for the spring 2016 competition are due on January 22, 2016.

Additionally, the following doctoral candidates were awarded Fall 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Research Travel Grants to pursue archival research and data collection abroad:

The awards ranged between $2,500 to $5,000 each.

Congratulations to all our award recipients!