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~Three Wellesley College Students Are Named Mellon Fellows~

For immediate release:
April 24, 2002

Arlie Corday,
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WELLESLEY, Mass. - Three students at Wellesley College, seniors Alison S. Kuklok of Portland, Ore., and Kathryn E. O'Rourke of Houston, Texas, and 2001 graduate Margaret A. Samu of Natick, Mass., have been awarded 2002 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies. In addition, senior Stephanie M. Morales of El Paso, Texas, has been named an alternate in the competition.

The Mellon Fellowship, designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines, is a competitive award for first-year doctoral students. Fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada.

For the year 2002, 85 Fellowships were awarded. The Fellowship covers graduate tuition and required fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500.

Kuklok will take her Mellon Fellowship to Stanford University, where she will work toward a Ph.D. in philosophy. The daughter of Dennis Kuklok and Melissa Goodman, she is a Davis Scholar at Wellesley, graduating summa cum laude and majoring in philosophy. She has been awarded first prize in the Three Generations Writing Competition and has been a nominee for the Barbara Bush Award for Volunteerism and the Dean Daniels Summer Service Internship.

A 1992 graduate of Corvallis (Ore.) High School, Kuklok attended Portland (Ore.) Community College from 1997-1999, majoring in French and Spanish. From 1993-1995, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute, majoring in painting and drawing. She has researched, written and compiled a set of online study notes on Voltaire's Candide through BookRags Inc. of Newton, Mass., one of the initial entries on the BookRags website providing free classic literature study guides for college students. At Wellesley, she has worked in the college archives reporting directly to the chief archivist.

O'Rourke, the daughter of Joanne Edmundson and Terence O'Rourke of Houston, is a candidate for graduation with honors in architecture. Double majoring in architecture and English, she has been named a Rhodes Scholar semifinalist and was nominated for a Marshall Scholarship. She has been named a Jerome A. Schiff Fellow and won First-Year Academic Distinction, the 2001 Stecher Scholarship for study of art in Europe and the 2000 Summer Multicultural Research Program Grant.

A 1997 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, she has worked as an independent architectural photographer whose work has been included in the Visual Resources Collection at Wellesley. She also has served as house president of Stone Hall and as a member of the House Presidents' Council and a resident adviser.

O'Rourke will use her Mellon Fellowship to attend the Ph.D. program in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently has completed a thesis in architecture titled "Juan O'Gorman and the Meaning of Modern Architecture in Mexico" that examines the architect's 1930s International Style houses for Mexico City intellectuals and his own break with modernism.

Samu, the daughter of Robert and Judith Shamu of Kalamazoo, Mich., was a Davis Scholar who double majored in art history and French at Wellesley. She served on the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination and as president of House Council for Davis Scholars and Postbaccalaureate Students. Her honors include 2001 Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude awards, Departmental Honors in Art History, several Prix Germaine Lefeuille for French literary analysis, the Schiff Fellowship for senior honors thesis research, the Davis Art Prize in Writing and the Stecher Scholarship Grant for Summer Study Abroad in Art.

After high school, Samu worked as a professional ballet dancer for 11 years, coming to Wellesley in 1996. She now teaches ballet at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass., and works as a research assistant in the French and Art History departments at Wellesley while studying Russian at an advanced level.

She will use her Mellon Fellowship to attend graduate school at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she will study 19th-century European art, with a special interest in the connections between French and Russian culture during that period.

More than 1,800 Mellon Fellows have been named since the competition began in 1982. Mellon Fellows now holding the Ph.D. are teachers and scholars at some of the nation's top colleges and universities.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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