Twelve Wellesley College Seniors Are Named 2005 Schiff Fellows

For immediate release:
November 3, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Twelve Wellesley College seniors have been named recipients of 2005 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.

Listed below are the 2005 Wellesley College Schiff Fellows and their majors, research projects and faculty advisors:

Mona Ali of Karachi, Pakistan - Physics
Expected Properties and Experimental Signals of Bose-Einstein Condensed Phases
(Courtney Lannert, Physics)

Elizabeth Breese of Walton, N.Y. - Sociology
"Civilizing" the Military: A Sociological Analysis of Human Rights Education in the United States Army
(Thomas Cushman, Sociology)

Dubravka Colic of Tuzla, Bosnia - Economics
Effects of Minimum Wage on Employment and Poverty: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
(Philip Levine, Economics)

Nandita Dinesh of Tamil Nadu, India - Theatre Studies
Performing Politics: Using Theatre to Address Conflict
(Norah Hussey, Theatre Studies)

XinXin Dui of Newtonville, Mass. - Physics
Variational Wavefunction Computations on Two-Dimensional Models of Many-Electron Systems
(Courtney Lannert, Physics)

Adrienne Hathaway of Rochdale, Mass. - International Relations
Capturing the Gains from Trade: Lessons from Spain's Accession into the European Community
(Akila Weerapana, Economics)

Jennifer Kunzendorf of Newton, Mass. - Music
Understanding Schumann's Opus 39 Liederkreis through Performance
(Charles Fisk, Music)

Shoshana Maxwell of Portland, Ore. - Anthropology
The Influence of Location on Infertility Treatment and Social Perspectives in Senegal
(Anastasia Karakasidou, Anthropology)

Emily Oldshue of Portland, Ore. - Women's Studies
Deadbeat Dads, Welfare Moms, and the State
(Rosanna Hertz, Women's Studies)

Munzarin Qayyum of Dhakam Bangladesh - Chemistry
Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Gels as Potential Drug Delivery Vehicles
(Nolan Flynn, Chemistry)

Meera Sheffrin of Davis, Calif. - Chemistry
Using in vivo and ex vivo 1H NMR Spectroscopy to Study Brain Metabolite Ratios in Choline Supplemented Mecp2 Mutant Mice
(Nancy H. Kolodny, Chemistry)

Marina Turlakova of Kornwestheim, Germany - Economics
Determinants of Enterprise Performance in Russia During the Oil Boom
(Akila Weerapana, Economics)

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