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Alumnae Award Fellowships for Doctoral Studies

The Alumnae of Northwestern has announced the 2008 recipients of fellowship to pursue their doctoral studies. Each will receive a stipend of $22,000 this year for work on their dissertation.

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June 10, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Alumnae of Northwestern has announced the 2008 recipients of fellowship to pursue their doctoral studies. Each will receive a stipend of $22,000 this year for work on their dissertation.

The fellowship winners, their field of study and their dissertation topics are:

• Leah Culligan-Flack (Comparative Literary Studies): "Modernism's Odysseys: Transcultural Intertextual Dialogue Between Homer's Odyssey and James Joyce's Ulysses (1922), Ezra Pound's Cantos (1915-1962), and Osip Mandelstam's poetry and prose (1913-1937)"

• Amy DeSantis (Human Development and Social Policy): "Social Influences on Stress Hormone Levels Throughout the Life Course: Implications for Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Health Disparities"

• Demetra Kasimis (Political Science): "Metic Ways of Living in Athenian Political Thought"

• Frances Kneupper (History): "Apocalypticism in Late Medieval Germany: Antichrist and Empire"

Three of the four latest Northwestern Alumnae Fellowship winners described their thesis topics at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Alumnae of Northwestern in May -- ranging from the place of non-citizens in ancient Athenian democracy to social impacts on stress hormone levels today. The fourth winner was in Germany, completing research on medieval Apocalypticism, "Antichrist and Empire."

At the group's annual meeting in May, outgoing Alumnae board president Pam James (Weinberg '71) told the winners how much the Alumnae will regret not hearing about the challenging work of future fellowship candidates. With all future graduate fellowships to be funded by the University, the 2008 Alumnae Fellows are the last. In the 33 years since the inception of the fellowship program, the Alumnae board has given fellowship winners a total of $1.5 million.

This year's awardees bring the number of graduate women assisted by the program to 136. Ninety percent of past fellowship winners have completed their doctorates to date, higher than most graduate schools nationally.

Also honored at the annual meeting were four alternate fellowship winners: Yordanos Tiruneh (Sociology): "Speak Your World: Challenges of Adherence to Anti-Retroviral Treatment among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia"; Angela D'Angelo (Human Development and Social Policy): "Families at the Intersection of Culture and Immigration: A New Look at Parenting and Child Development"; Kristin De Lucia (Anthropology): "Domestic Economies and Regional Transition: Production and Consumption in Early Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico"; and Andreana Prichard (History): "The Clergymen's Wives: Women Christian Educators in Pre-colonial and Colonial Tanzania."

Fellowship committee members included Sheila Gideon (C60, GC61), Ruth Jennings (MAT65), Barbara Larson (SESP62), Marjorie Offer (J64), Sandi Riggs (C65), Mary Ann Weston (J62, GJ63), Janice Zulkey (Weinberg 70), and Mona Golub (G85), chair.

For more information, contact: Janet Bilandic, 847-864-1832, janick@ameritech.net or Wynn Taylor, 847-869-3515, wynnt@comcast.net.