More students win grants

The American Academy in Rome awarded to a graduate student here one of its 29 prestigious Rome Prizes. The prize provides a residency of six months to two years plus a stipend.during which the winners can pursue work independently at the American Academy in Rome.

Carol Whang, a graduate student in music, was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Post-Classical Humanistic/Modern Italian Studies, to study 16th century parody Mass composition methods, working with manuscripts at the Vatican Library.

Miller Center Fellow

The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs has selected a Penn student to receive one of its 2001 Miller Center Fellowships in contemporary politics, policy and political history. The center selected 11 doctoral candidates from around the United States to receive its one-year, $15,000 grants.

Margaret Pugh O'Mara, a doctoral candidate in history, explores how increased federal spending on higher education and scientific research, spurred by Cold War politics, transformed major U.S. metropolitan areas by encouraging high-technology, high-skill employment sectors.
O'Mara has worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House, where she helped create and implement several policy programs, including the Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Initiative, and welfare reform.

Fulbright-Hays grantees

Three students have been awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Awards, which go to students planning a career in teaching. The award allows grantees to work on dissertation-related research full time in a foreign country. The students are:

Laurn Nauta, a doctoral student in history, who will be going to Pakistan and Great Britain;

Paja Faudree, a doctoral student in anthropology, who will go to Mexico; and

Melissa Vogel, a doctoral student in anthropology, who will be in Peru.

More Fulbright scholars

Three additional Fulbright scholars for study abroad next year have been announced, making a grand total of 12 (Current, May 3). They are:

Veronica Aplenc, a graduact student in folklore and folklife, who will study in Slovenia;

Hillary Dick, a graduate student in anthropology, who will study in Mexico; and

Matthew McHugh, a doctoral student in nursing, who will study in Denmark.

Mellon humanities fellowship

Sophia Malamud (C'01) has received an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies for 2001-02. The fellowship provides full tuition, fee and stipend support for one year of graduate-level study in the humanities.

Beinecke scholar

Yaran Noti (C'02) is one of 20 students nationwide who received a Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship this year. Noti will use his scholarship to study medieval or Renaissance literature at the graduate level.

Off to a summer abroad

Three Penn students have received William A. Levi Travel Fellowships for this summer. The fellowships are awardsd based on merit and financial need; they allow outstanding Penn students to participate in Penn Summer Abroad programs in countries outside Western Europe. The recipients are:

Jamie Osnato (C'02), who will spend the summer in Buenos Aires;

Shaun Gonzales (C'03), who is traveling to India; and

Margaret Watt (C'02), who will head to Seoul.

Originally published on May 31, 2001