Fifteen Wellesley College Students Earn 2004 Schiff Fellowships

For immediate release:
October 29, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Fifteen Wellesley students have been selected to receive 2004 Schiff Fellowships. Made possible through a generous gift from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust, these merit awards support the scholarly work of students in the senior honors program.

Schiff Fellows receive a minimum award of $2,000. Some Fellows use their awards to reduce work obligations during the academic year to devote more time to research. In addition, students may apply for up to $1,000 to meet thesis-related research expenses. The maximum award is $3,000.

These following are the 2004 Schiff Fellows, including their majors, research projects and faculty advisors:

Anna Azaryeva, International Relations, for Gender and Poverty in Russia and Brazil: The Impact of Women’s Movement on Formulating Social Policy Agenda. (Lois Wasserspring, Political Science)

Aileen Marie Cruz, Comparative Literature, for Ethical Representations of Minorities in Japanese and Latin American Literature: Rosario Castellano’s Nine Guardians and Sumii Sue’s The River with No Bridge. (Eve Zimmerman, Japanese)

Joy Delamaide, Biological Sciences, for The Effects of Altered Chloroplast Morphology of Arabidopsis Thaliana on Both Chloroplast Movement and Recovery from Light Stress. (Martina Königer, Biological Sciences)

Maeve Gearing, Economics, for The Impact of Indian Casinos on State Revenue. (Phil Levine, Economics)

Farida Habeeb, English, for Deconstructing Emersonian Transcendentalism through Melville: The Conflation of Self, Society, and the Romantic Quest in Moby-Dick. (William Cain, English)

Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, Sociology, for “Family Ties”: Culture and Organization Among Ukrainian Catholics in America. (Peggy Levitt, Sociology)

May Kim, International Relations, for The Future of Corruption in North Korea: Comparative Case Studies of Four Possible Paths for Reform. (Katharine H. Moon, Political Science)

Wendy Leutert, Political Science, for The Political Evolution of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
(William Joseph, Political Science)

Victoria Lyo, Biological Sciences, for Elucidating the Cytoplasmic Roles of Clb2 via a Synthetic Lethal Screen and Biochemical Assays. (Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier, Biological Sciences)

Ee Cheng Ong, Economics, for The Medium-term Impact of Capital Controls: Who Gains? (Akila Weerapana, Economics)

Paulina Ponce de León Baridó, Physics, for Optimization of an Optical Fibre Probe for Early Cancer Detection. (William Quivers, Physics)

Susanna Supalla, Political Science, for Why We’ve Got What We’ve Got: Mainstreaming of Students with Disabilities in the U.S. Education System. (Lori Johnson, Political Science)

Simran Thadani, English, for “Reuled by the sighte above”: Making Sense of Power and Spectacle in Chaucer’s ‘Knight’s Tale’. (Kathryn Lynch, English)

Robyn Worthington, History, for The Search for Sacred Power: The Narragansetts and the Great Awakening. (Nathaniel J. Sheidley, History)

Jennifer Yum, History, for The Discourse on the “New Woman” in Colonial Korea, 1920-1930. (Y. Tak Matsusaka, History)

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