Vivienne Chen ’14 and Natasha Japanwala ’14 won the Martin Dale Fellowship, which will allow them to pursue independent projects after graduation.
The fellowship provides each student with a $33,000 grant, and was created by Martin Dale ’53. The grant money is intended for the pursuit of “an independent project of extraordinary merit that will widen the recipient’s experience of the world and significantly enhance his or her personal growth and intellectual development.”
Chen’s project will be a continuation of her senior thesis — she will use the money to travel to China and complete her novel, set in 1930s.
Japanwala will launch an online publication, an exhibition and a collection of short stories exploring the experiences of Pakistani immigrants.
Last year Flora Thomson-DeVeaux ’13 was awarded the fellowship to continue her senior thesis research on Argentinian butler Santiago Badariotti Merlo. In 2012, Zachary Newick ’12 and Shivani Sud ’12 were corecipients.
This year, Dr. John Hodgson, Dean of Forbes College, coordinated the selection process. The selection committee is chaired by the Dean of the College, and is comprised of faculty and administrators.