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 fellowships recipients:

Chang-Lan Fellowships

  • Christian Heuchert ’20 will travel to southern Gansu China with Alan Zheng, where they hope to explore the relationship between tradition and modernity in the lives of Tibetan nomads. Through a series of interviews and field studies, they hope to investigate ways in which tourism and pastoral environments coexist in these communities.
  • Erik Lagerquist ’19 will investigate systems of renewable energy in China with Nyla Worker, particularly focusing on the solar industry. They will also travel to Indonesia and Thailand, where they will visit solar companies and NGOs. They hope to learn from a different perspective the realities of renewable energy systems in these countries.
  • Pierce McDonnell ’21 will intern with the China Maritime Museum in Shanghai, where he hopes to explore the way marine history is presented publicly in China. He will compare these findings with his own previous research on American nautical history, and the way both countries perceive and study this field.
  • Florence Solomon ’20 will explore the history and technique of Chinese visual communication and arts. She will study Chinese painting and calligraphy in the Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and visit museums there. She will also travel to significant sites of Chinese artistic history, learning from a variety of visual art forms along the way.

Class of 1963 Fellowships

  • Yunpeng Bai ’19 will examine the development of political identities in post-war Lebanon. He plans to collaborate with another student to translate and analyze campaign materials from the May 2018 national election—and through this research, hopes to explore the reproduction of sectarian identities and wartime memory in electoral politics.
  • Elizabeth Budd ’19 will use notebooks written during Charles Booth’s survey of London to research lower class reactions to middle class “urban explorers”—social reformers who entered impoverished spaces in Victorian London. She hopes that highlighting these lower class voices will contribute to a more balanced historical narrative.
  • Jen Chan ’19 will research the British Empire’s emancipation of slaves in 1833, specifically to investigate why South African slave-owners were compensated less than West Indian ones. She will travel to London and examine primary archival documents of British correspondence from 1828-1838, hoping to fill this gap in historical research.
  • Natasha Dietz ’19 will conduct a comparative investigation between the geothermal fields located on the Mini Bald Spot and the Bald Spot at Carleton College. She hopes to make a prediction on how the bedrock’s thermal conductivity will compare, based on each location’s groundwater movement.
  • Yue Wu ’20 will travel to Berlin to conduct research on increasing diplomatic relations between East Germany and China in the 1980’s. She will explore the ways this relationship defied the Soviet Union, and ultimately hopes to challenge the common belief that Eastern European states were merely Soviet pawns during the Cold War.

David C. Donelson ’77 Fund Fellowships

  • William Lanzillo ’19 plans to create an interactive sculptural space on Carleton’s campus, inspired by the City Museum in St. Louis and public works of art in Germany. Using metal and wood, he will create a new space—which he hopes will challenge people’s perceptions of conventional spaces and the world they inhabit.

Four Friends Fellowship

  • Erik Lagerquist ’19, Emma Dempsey ’19, Carolyn Ward ’19, and Chris Lee ’19 hope to increase the perceived accessibility of the Twin Cities by creating an interactive map of museums, restaurants, concert venues, biking excursions, and other activities for Carleton students. They will create this visual guide based on a week of adventures in the cities this summer, as well as interviews they’ll conduct with faculty, students, and staff.

Professor Roy Grow Fellowships

  • Clara Liang ’20 will explore the confluence of religious tradition and vegetarian food culture in Taiwan. She plans to conduct interviews with Buddhist Studies and culinary school professors and students, at Taiwanese markets, with women at a Buddhist-oriented farming collective, and in a variety of vegetarian restaurants in Taipei. (Clara’s blog)
  • Amy Lin ’21 will volunteer with organizations that bring dental care to underserved areas. With a mobile dental clinic in Cambodia, she will help dentists provide care to local children. Afterward, she will work with a charity in Beijing to develop an outreach program that sponsors low-income medical students to volunteer with mobile clinics.
  • Changlan Wang ’21 will explore approaches to improving living quality in a community while still preserving biodiversity and the natural environment. In Malaysian Borneo, she will embark on a variety of projects including tree planting, botanic and ornithological research, visits to palm oil plantations, and participation in a climate change workshop.
  • Nyla Worker ’19 will investigate systems of renewable energy in China with Erik Lagerquist, particularly focusing on the solar industry. They will also travel to Indonesia and Thailand, where they will visit solar companies and NGOs. They hope to learn from a different perspective the realities of renewable energy systems in these countries.
  • Alan Zheng ’20 will travel to southern Gansu China with Christian Heuchert, where they hope to explore the relationship between tradition and modernity in the lives of Tibetan nomads. Through a series of interviews and field studies, they hope to investigate ways in which tourism and pastoral environments coexist in these communities.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

  • Chiraag Gohel ’20 will explore the ethical implications of networks and algorithms, looking at the intersection of data science with racial and queer studies. Through a study of humanistic logic, applied to popular analytical tools within the field of computer science, he hopes to problematize the idea that computer science is apolitical.

Independent Research Fellowships

  • Jonathan Elwell ’19 will study the tension between environmental advocacy and economic development in Bolivia, by researching the controversial decision to build hydroelectric dams in Madidi National Park. Through an extensive series of interviews, he will investigate the interests of various groups—and how this fits into a global picture.
  • Maggie Goldberger ’19 will explore the historical and ongoing construction of sacred suburban spaces, through ethnographic research in suburban New Jersey. In particular, she hopes to research constructions of Hindu suburban immigrant identity, as well as opportunities for both assimilation and cultural preservation in these communities.
  • Abby Walker ’19 will explore notions of collective and constructed identity, political agency and authority, and the mobilization of residents, within a tent encampment in Seattle. She plans to volunteer with SHARE/WHEEL, an organization which coordinates with and provides resources for encampments, and to conduct interviews with residents.

Kelley International Fellowship

  • Levi Atkinson ’19 will study the relationship between Chinese porcelain and Dutch Delftware in 17th century Holland. Through historical research and visits to world-class collections of porcelain, delftware, and still life paintings which depict both, he hopes to explore the way Chinese porcelain became fetishized and imitated in Dutch art.
  • James Smith ’19 will research representations of gender and sexuality in Spanish children’s literature. By evaluating books and surveying library patrons, he hopes to research contemporary cultural knowledge of gender and sexuality in Spain—and to explore how and if these conversations are being navigated with children, in literature.

Larson International Fellowships

  • Mica Bahn ’20 will explore what it means to be queer in the contradictory environment of Cape Town, South Africa—which is often described as the gay capital of Africa, but is still the site of frequent violence against the LGBT+ community. She hopes to research queer visibility through historical primary documents, interviews, and photography.
  • Kate Hoeting ’19 will walk El Camino de Santiago, a centuries-old pilgrimage in northern Spain that ends at the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, she will interview pilgrims about their motivations and relationship with religion—ultimately researching the “spiritual but not religious” phenomenon.
  • Frankie Irvine ’19 will research identity construction in Lima, Peru—specifically investigating how the indigenous identity of the Shipibo community in Cantagallo has been impacted by their displacement. Through a series of interviews, Frankie will explore notions of authentic and inauthentic indigeneity—and the liminal spaces between.
  • Hiba Jama ’20 will travel to Somalia and record interviews with family members about what life was like before the Somali Civil War in the late 1980’s. She hopes to create a short film from these interviews and push back against modern depictions of Somalia in Hollywood and the news, highlighting multidimensionality through film.
  • Will Loner ’19 will explore community histories and individual relationships with the Bialowieża Forest in Central Europe. This forest extends across parts of Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus; he hopes to interview people in all three nations to explore the many historical, ecological, and anthropological facets of this primeval forest.
  • Jamonte Strawder ’19 will research the influence of race relations during Apartheid in South Africa on contemporary South African cuisine. He will explore the politicization of food, as a result of segregation and as a site of nation-building during this period—and whether food has served a role in reconciling cultural differences after Apartheid ended.

Allen and Irene Salisbury Fellowship

  • Makala Hieshima ’19 will conduct research on Hawaiian socio-political history and the changing notions of “hapa” identity. Through historical research, digital surveys, and numerous interviews, she hopes to explore the implications, appropriations, and conceptualizations of this identity within and outside of native Hawaiian populations.

Richard Salisbury Fellowship

  • Dan Sullivan ’19 will research the role of the Anglophone Cameroonian diaspora on the current separatist movement in Southwest and Northwest Cameroon. Through interviews, websites, and social media accounts, he will consider the ways that the diaspora assists and affects separatist actors, and the internet’s role in these communications.

Winter 2017 Senior Comps Research Recipients:

  • Francisco Castro ’18 (Political Science/International Relations)
  • Jonas Donnenfield ’18 (Geology)
  • Michael Ebako-Hodgson ’18 (Economics)
  • Neeraja Kulkarni ’18 (Math, Political Philosophy)
  • Jiyoung “Sonia” Lee ’19 (Studio Art, Sociology/Anthropology)
  • Kai Matsubara-Rall ’18 (Linguistics)
  • Naomi Price-Lazarus ’18 (Women’s and Gender Studies)