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 2021-22 fellowship awards.  

Chang-Lan Fellowship

  • Yumo Lu ’23 will explore the lives of young artists in Beijing, China to learn about how they make a living, how their artwork connects to the social contexts of Beijing, and how they relate to the art market.

David C. Donelson ’77 Fund Fellowships

  • Julian White-Davis ’23 will travel through the United States using literature, photography, and rock climbing as tools to renegotiate his relationship with US territory, serving as preparation for living well on this land and working with Indigenous nations in the future.

Professor Roy Grow Fellowships

  • Cym Brody ’23 will travel to Kyoto and Tokyo to explore the relationship between Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan, visiting temples and shrines to observe how people engage with those traditions.
  • Dominic Calicdan ’23 and An Vong ’24 will travel to Vietnam to document the incorporation of traditional medicine — which is an integral part of the culture and a primary source of healthcare — into Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Ania Hoang ’23 will travel to Kyoto to study Japanese paintings (Nihonga), attending workshops and visiting museums in order to better understand the process of making artwork and conservation practices.
  • Shannon Liu ’23 will travel to Japan to trace the roots of traditional Chinese court music (yayue) from the Tang dynasty through Japanese court music (such as gagaku) and other traditional performing arts.
  • James Marlin ’23 will explore Computer Science education in Japan, using Doshisha University and Carleton College as frames of reference.
  • Chisom Oguh ’23 hopes to learn more about how other cultures are represented in Japanese text, specifically manga, using the manga museum in Kyoto to read, analyze, and interpret various mangakas.
  • Gabby Reynaga ’23 will travel to Kyoto to learn how traditional Japanese art influences animation studios, theme parks, and other productions. 
  • Michael Yang ’24 will travel to Nepal to investigate the socioeconomic, environmental, and cultural impact that commercial mountaineering in the Nepalese Himalayas, since its genesis in the late 1980s, has had on the Sherpa People.

Dale and Elizabeth Hanson Fellowship in Ethics

  • Abhi Jetty ’25 will explore the phenomenon of objectification with an eye toward developing an ethics of daily life that neither dehumanizes nor instrumentalizes others.

Independent Research Fellowships

  • Hannah Babcock ’23 will work at Carleton and in Maine to produce a series of prints that explore the dialogue between the individual and the environment — looking directly at how our surroundings mold us and how we create a sense of home even amidst the unfamiliar.
  • Lucille Baker-Stahl ’23 will research conformability of the contact between the Glenwood and Platteville formations to better understand the local Northfield geology, which will contribute to the comprehension of Minnesota’s geologic past and the formation of the St. Peter-Glenwood-Platteville sequence.
  • Siddharth Chundru ‘24 will research and attempt to develop a critical understanding of the profound, albeit ill-understood, impact that social media algorithms have on today’s cultural ecosystems.
  • Soren Eversoll ’24 will, as part of a larger project to explore San Francisco’s evolution from hippie town to tech capital, write three short stories based on the life of the novelist Richard Brautigan and his involvement in the San Francisco counterculture scene.
  • Sophia Maag ’23 will research how relationships to land affect perceptions of farmers markets in California’s Bay Area.  Using ethnographic methods, interviews, and photo prompts, this study will focus on one farm and its relationship to the local market.
  • Douglas Meeker ’24 will research the intersection of queerness and space in 19th and 20th century English literature using the resources of Carleton’s Gender and Sexuality Center/Gould Library, the Quatrefoil Library, and the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Collection.
  • Aldo Polanco ’23 will investigate the process and success of ‘shared interest housing’ and other programs through which students eschew dorm living for independent housing with a central interest or identity. By using a combination of archival research at peer institutions and interviews with staff and students, Aldo will examine what makes these spaces what they are in terms of architecture, history, planning and community spirit.
  • Isabella Pozzi ’23 will research how a specific form of exercise—in this case, boxing—affects Parkinson’s Disease patients and their symptoms, working with a boxing program dedicated to Parkinson’s patients.
  • Grace Prince ’25 will use geospatial analyses, remote sensing and observational field assessments to examine how abiotic and biotic factors influence the effect of canopy diversity on soil organic carbon in urban forested parkland.

Kelley International Fellowship

  • Sophia Heidebrecht ’23 and Ellie Reinhold ’23 will explore the world of the Tudor court by exploring its dress — both the technical construction of clothing, and its social and religious significance to its wearers — and compare how the Tudors would have “read” the language of clothing to how modern viewers learn about and interpret historical fashion.
  • Lauren Witmer ’23 will explore the histories of different irregular verbs, and, using English corpora, investigate the frequency of nonstandard vs. standard use in different linguistic contexts across verbs and verb classes.

Larson International Fellowships

  • Sophie Baggett ’23 will participate in examining the environmental impacts of silver refining in Peru, and will initiate and strengthen community contacts, ultimately distributing information about those impacts to local community members, including the indigenous communities of Collacachi and Malcomayo.
  • Grace Bassekle ’24 will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, to research why Scandinavian countries are leading the charge in the transition to limit the production of greenhouse gasses.
  • Isaac Crown Manesis’23 will travel to Greece to embark on a film and photography project that examines his personal family history, and stories told to him by his father.
  • David Espinoza ’23 will travel to Mexico to film a documentary exploring the themes of nationality, motherhood, and support for the patriarchal system within Mexican culture.
  • Emma Freedman ’23 will travel to Costa Rica to explore the effect of ecotourism on the human relationships that tourists and locals have with the natural environment around Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.
  • Abdisalan Hawadle ’23 plans to volunteer at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, and participate in outreach programs offering healthcare and education to local communities, in order to gain hands-on clinical experience and an understanding of the healthcare system in Kenya.
  • Oliver Jacobs ’23 will travel to Oman to research Omani culture and history by visiting bazaars and museums, as well as through the study of Omani food traditions.
  • Connor Jansen ’24 will explore European sacred spaces to gain a deeper understanding of religion through physical spaces, historical patterns of dispersion and diffusion, and spatial components of religious ritual and pilgrimage.
  • Kalju Maegi ’23 will work with Dr. Sarah Kennedy in the Peruvian Andes, exploring the environmental and social effects of silver mining and refining in and around the city of Puno.
  • Hannah Sheridan ’23 will walk the maps of Dublin created by authors James Joyce and Caitriona Lally. Given that Joyce is a canonical Irish author and Lally is a contemporary female writer in a field historically dominated by Irish men, Hannah will explore where the maps in each story merge and part.
  • Sawyer Stone ’23 will engage in a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to explore sites holy to the three Abrahamic religions, with the aim of understanding more about their shared roots.
  • Maya Stovall ’23 will explore the climate justice movement in England, Germany, and Sweden by spending time with the social movement organizations (SMOs) Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, and Ende Gelände, to learn what tactics they employ to enact social change, what their climate protests are like, and how they recruit people into their movements.
  • Chloe Truebenbach ’23 will explore plant foraging and its effects on the socio-ecology, politics, and human-nature relationships of Northfield, Minnesota, and Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy, using these locations for a cross-cultural study comparing foraging beliefs and experiences.

Paglia Post-Bac Research Fellowship

  • Anna Bridgeman ’22 will conduct research in the field of tissue stem cells at Sloan Kettering Institute for two years.
  • Benjamin Hafner ’22 will conduct research in the field of epoxy resins at Northwestern University for two years.
  • Jed Villanueva ’22 will conduct research in the field of music-evoked emotional and musical development at the University of Southern California for two years.

Richard Salisbury Fellowship

  • Alicia Telle ’23 will travel to one of the few water-stilt villages remaining in the world, Nzulezo, Ghana, to explore the cultural concessions made in a village keen on maintaining their traditionally aquatic livelihoods but also emerging as a popular tourist destination for Westerners.

Winter 2022 Senior Comps Research Fellowship Recipients:

  • Anne Bensen ’22  (Political Science/International Relations)
  • Emily Christiansen ’22  (Art History, Political Science/International Relations)
  • Dae’Kevion Dickson ’22  (Psychology)
  • Elijah Goldberg ’22  (Biology)
  • Anna Gwin’22  (Political Science/International Relations)
  • Rachel Heilbronner ’22  (History)
  • Jamie Kortanek ’22  (Psychology)
  • Manjari Majumdar ’22  (Political Science/International Relations)
  • Dima Rentel ’22  (Classics)
  • Annette Shumway ’22  (Political Science/International Relations)
  • Zichen Tian ’22  (Biology, Psychology)
  • Sarah Westrich ’22  (Cinema and Media Studies)