Each year Carleton’s fellowships make it possible for a number of students to engage in independent research, explore their passions, or embark on an adventure.  All of these opportunities are made possible by the generosity of Carleton alumni, parents and friends of the college; they are completed over a summer or during Carleton’s Winter Break.  The following is a summary of Carleton’s 2018-19 fellowship awards:

Class of 1963 Fellowships

  • Caroline Carty ’20 will research land-based cooperative movements in the Mississippi Delta as a way of exploring how alternative agricultural and economic systems first encountered abroad operate in a US context.  Caroline hopes to challenge the model of knowledge production employed in western anthropology.
  • Cecilia Kryzda ’20 will attend the world premiere of Cornucopia, a concert performance created by singer-songwriter Bjork for the opening of The Shed, a new visual arts center in Manhattan in order to gain a full understanding of the visual components of Bjork’s work, using the model of Dogantan-Dack’s “autoethnography” to strike a balance between the emotional and larger ethnographic analysis.
  • Willie Powers ’20 will travel to the United Arab Emirates to visit museums in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, analyzing the political uses of international museums as an exercise in soft political power.

David C. Donelson ’77 Fund Fellowships

  • Hugo Caplow ’21 hopes to complete his grandparents’ goal (set 50 years ago) of visiting all 34 of the paintings by Johannes Vermeer.  He will travel to Europe to view the ones they didn’t get to, allowing his family’s love of art and of Vermeer to come full circle.
  • JonErik Ickler ’21 will travel the Midwest by car to explore the mystique of nostalgia, creating a journal that chronicles both the similarity of his trip to those taken by past travelers and the new colors of change.
  • Will Pangburn ’20 and Martha Sudderth ’21 will draw and photograph areas of ecological distress in California to learn about the impact of climate change and artistically represent the complex relationship between humans and their environments.

Four Friends Fellowship

  • Ben Lowry ’21, Maya Hilty ’21, Katie Babbit ’21, and Amida McNulty ’21 will hike and camp in Yellowstone National Park to view and learn about wolves, and will collaborate in the production of an illustrated children’s book for Northfield Public Schools.

Professor Roy Grow Fellowships

  • Iris Arbogast ’20 will travel with Lawrence Lin ’20 to China, Thailand, and Japan to study Eco-cities—cities designed to work in harmony with their natural surroundings—and research their effectiveness and cultural impact. (Iris and Lawrence’s paper)
  • Nicole Binder ’21 will study the prevalence and practice of veganism within Eastern China, which has been gaining popularity but about which little is written.  
  • Lawrence Lin ’20 will travel with Iris Arbogast ’20 to China, Thailand, and Japan to study Eco-cities—cities designed to work in harmony with their natural surroundings—and research their effectiveness and cultural impact.  (Lawrence and Iris’s paper)
  • Ishmael Maxwell ’21 will, through an internship with TED India, explore how influential figures are addressing important issues in Indian society.  (Ishmael’s blog)
  • Hannah Parrott ’21 will travel to Seoul, South Korea, to investigate at what stage of language learning second language (L2) learners of Korean are able to perform case particle ellipsis (CPE) within natural speech. She will look at two found motivators of CPE—focus and animacy—in order to determine at which stage, if at all, these two factors influence CPE in L2 speech.
  • Mahi Roy ’20 will examine Portuguese, French, and Persian influence on the culture and foodways of minority communities in different parts of India through a gendered lens, exploring whether and how women use cooking as a tool for empowerment and as an instrument to preserve their culture and heritage in Luso-Indian, French, and Parsi communities.
  • Florence Solomon ’20 will complete an apprenticeship with Judson Studios, a stained glass studio in Highland Park, Los Angeles that is pioneering the field of architectural fused glass.
  • Yixin Song ’21 will investigate how modern architects combine old traditions of China/Japan architectures to their modern designs through a visit to three prestigious modern architects’ masterpieces throughout China and Japan.  Song hopes to understand their vision and investigate the perception of how the buildings they designed are used in practice.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

  • ZhaoBin Li ’21 will investigate Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics (and in particular, whether intelligent AI deserve moral rights) through the lenses of Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, and the modern German philosopher Jurgen Habermas’ critique of liberal eugenics.
  • Sean MacDonnell ’20 will research confidentiality in rural medical ethics through literature review, primary sources, and interviews with rural medical practitioners, to attempt to understand if and how a potentially ad-hoc version of medical confidentiality emerges in rural settings.

Independent Research Fellowships

  • Sam Cooke ’20 will research factors that are linked to increased success and post-operative recovery rates of nerve autograft surgeries by observing procedures performed by Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick from Washington University School of Medicine (Mo.), and tracking patient outcomes.
  • Eve Liu ’20 will investigate how Chinese-American identity reproduces and evolves with the portrayal and reclamation of Chinese culture in New York, especially in the categories of ‘authentic’ foods and ethnic dress, with the goal of learning how these two realms intersect in the world of high fashion.
  • Anna Shao ’20 will investigate how different styles of socialist architecture constructed between the 1940s and 1980s in Belgrade and Bucharest embody the specific political ideologies in each newly-established socialist state at the time.  Using interviews of locals at architectural sights and in parks, Anna will examine how members of the younger generation perceive socialist landmarks from the past and how their perceptions of socialist architecture relate to their understandings of a distant socialist era.

Kelley International Fellowship

  • Laura Kiernan ’20 will return to Paris, inspired by experiences working at a refugee-help organization in Paris last summer, to capture the lived religious practices of migrants as they apply for asylum status in France. While critiquing the oppressive institutions that keep refugees impoverished and neglected, Laura hopes to also understand migrants’ senses of agency and resilience, which are often aided by religion, and how they find ways to maintain their humanity.

Larson International Fellowships

  • Madeline Birnbaum ’20 will research the ‘Troubles’ in Ireland—which officially ended twenty-one years ago—and how representations of the conflict are just beginning to appear in museums, as well as how the Irish revolutionary period portrayed in Dublin museums compares with the ‘Troubles’ narratives in Northern Ireland.
  • Emma Goidel ’20 will intern at two farms in Denmark to explore whether knowing where one’s food comes from and connecting directly with the producers of food contribute to an overall sense of individual and community well-being, as well as whether that sense of well-being motivates an individual’s choice towards food consumption that is more sustainable.
  • Eli Inkelas ’20 will examine bread culture in Latin America, producing a written travel anthology that reflects upon how bread-baking traditions reveal patterns of colonization and globalization.
  • Kiki Perry ’21 will engage with French culture as a long-term visitor to experience and reflect upon the the challenges and opportunities of living in another country with language, traditions, and other cultural elements that are entirely different from those of her own background. (see excerpt from blog)
  • Hannah Rittman ’20 will travel to Catalonia, Spain, to examine two types of protected areas – the national park of the region, and regional protected areas managed by local communities – to understand how the local population views the management of the conservation areas, and the area itself.  Hannah will also examine how factors such as Catalan identity, culture, and politics influence these views.
  • Sophie Rogers ’21 will travel to Mexico City to examine the long-standing Mexican printmaking tradition to better understand how art becomes a means of political expression. By working with professional artists and activists, Sophie will improve her technical skills while living in two unique communities of artists.
  • Russell Star-Lack ’20 will explore the flamenco community of the Lavapies neighborhood in Madrid. Through interviews, observing performances, and participant observation, Russell will explore the reasons why these performers and audience members continue to engage in the practice of flamenco within the modern Spanish landscape.
  • Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana ’20 will investigate the implications of how the memory of Drancy is preserved at La Cité Muette in Paris, and influences French collective memory regarding the Vichy regime’s role in the Holocaust. (See Gaby’s Instagram Takeover)

Allen and Irene Salisbury Fellowship

  • Quinn McVeigh ’20 will focus on cultural immersion and language acquisition through a homestay with a Mongolian nomad family, before traveling to Umnugobi province to research the experiences of healthcare workers and nomadic herders with the World Health Organization’s mobile phone-based healthcare technology initiative which hopes to improve access to healthcare in rural areas.

Richard Salisbury Fellowship

  • Ruthie Boyd ’20 will work with ecotourism organizations in Costa Rica to better understand how the intersection of place, community, and nature in the Costa Rican ecotourism industry lead a place to become more than a destination.
  • Hiba Jama ’20 will create a small magazine, or “zine,” about the work of dedicated, passionate artists in Minnesota who focus on their Somali identity, to investigate the relationship between art and immigration.

Winter 2018 Senior Comps Research Recipients:

* Yitong Chen ’19 (Computer Science/Linguistics)
* Ezra Sergent-Leventhal ’19 (History)
* Benton Franklin ’19 (Geology)
* Cristian Castro-Brizendine ’19 (Studio Art)
* Quentin Hirsch ’19 (Geology)
* Frankie Irvine ’19 (Sociology/Anthropology)
* Austin Heuer ’19 (Chemistry)
* Juliette Bobrow ’19 (History)
* Edylwise Romero ’19 (Psychology)