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2016 Kellogg Fellowship recipients (L-R): Matthew Spitzer, Leo Trotz-Liboff, Caroline Cating, and Hasher Nisar. Additional recipients pictured below.

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Eight Students Awarded Kellogg Fellowships

May 11, 2016


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury College has announced the selection of eight students to receive Kellogg fellowships for the 2016-17 summer and academic year. The Kellogg program is designed to support seniors engaged in research in the humanities.

Recipients of Kellogg fellowships receive $5,000 to support their travel and research, which can be conducted during the summer and/or during the academic year.

“Students who have received this fellowship found it to be a tremendous gift, providing the time, space and financial resources to pursue aspects of their research that they would not have been able to otherwise,” said Lisa Gates, associate dean for fellowships and research.

The Kellogg fellowship recognizes student excellence in the humanities and areas of humanistic inquiry, and provides them with financial support to pursue in-depth research for their senior work. The funding allows students to travel, attend conferences and workshops relevant to their areas of focus, visit archives, and spend time in the summer reading, creating, or thinking.

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Zara Corzine
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Kelsey Lee
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Maeve Moynihan
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Jingyi Wu

“It’s an important affirmation of the humanities in particular,” said Gates, “and the importance of studying questions related to how we see our world and ourselves, how we create and understand meaning.”

This year’s winners and their projects include the following:

Caroline Cating, a linguistics major, plans to study in Madrid, for her project titled “Recognition and Perception of Caló Borrowed Lexical Items in Iberian Spanish.”

Zara Corzine, a history of art and architecture major, will travel to Vienna, and later to Paris, this summer for her project titled “Women at Work: The Influence of Architectural Developments in19th Century Vienna and Paris that Brought Women Into the Artistic Communities of the Modern City.”

Kelsey Lee, also an art history major, will research an upcoming installation of Floating Piers by the artist Christo. She will travel to Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Washington, D.C., for her research, titled “Ephemeral, Environmental, Experiential: Christo’s Floating Piers and Beyond.”

Maeve Moynihan, a history major, will travel to New York and Boston for her project, “Beyond Bridget: Irish-American Women’s Nationalism in New York City and Boston, 1914-1923.”

Hasher Nisar, a political science major and winner of the Truman Scholarship, will conduct research in London and Dearborn, Michigan for his project, “Examining Media Coverage of Jews and Muslims in the United States and Great Britain through Events in the Middle East: Evidence from the New York Times and The Guardian, 1985-2014.”

Matthew Spitzer, a religion major, will travel to Myanmar and Nepal for research on his project “Non-conceptuality in Buddhist Awakening.”

Leo Trotz-Liboff, a classics major, will use his Kellogg fellowship to prepare for his senior thesis. In his research project, titled “Tragedy, Necessity, and Athenian Democracy,” he plans to do a close study of the works of Aeschylus and Thucydides, two fifth-century Athenians.

Jingyi Wu, a philosophy and mathematics double major, plans to travel to Calgary and Munich for her research project titled “Toward a Feminist Epistemology in Mathematics and Logic.” 

The Kellogg Fellowship program at Middlebury College was established in 2014 in honor of Michael Kellogg, the husband of Lucy Pugh ’79 and father of Baird Kellogg ’10 and Camille Kellogg ’17.

Reporting by Stephen Diehl; Group photo by Robert Keren

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