The Brown University News Bureau
Distributed April 24, 1997
Contact: Tracie Sweeney
The 1997 Royce Fellowship Program
24 students receive fellowships to advance their research, public service
Twenty-four Brown undergraduates have been selected to receive Royce
Fellowships. The program recognizes undergraduates who have gained distinction
through research, creativity, service and leadership. The fellowships enable
recipients to complete research, curricular development or a public service
project. Recipients become lifetime members of the Society of Royce
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Twenty-four undergraduates at Brown University have been
selected to receive Royce Fellowships, which will enable them to complete
projects that will take them to such places as a rural hospital in northern
India to study the delivery of health care, into a laboratory to design new
ways to release beneficial drugs into the human body, and into a women's prison
to create a transition program for inmates.
The fellowships are granted through the Royce Fellowship Program, now in its
second year at Brown. The program was established by Charles Royce, a 1961
graduate of Brown University and parent of two Brown graduates. Royce,
president of Royce Funds, was a University trustee from 1989-1995 and an active
member of several committees. He remains active with the Committee on Admission
and Financial Aid as a trustee emeritus.
More than 100 students competed for the fellowships, which recognize
undergraduates who have gained distinction through their research, creativity,
service and leadership. The program enables fellows to complete proposed
research, curricular development or public service of their choosing, and
confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows. The Society of
Royce Fellows supports reflection and inquiry by inspiring members to connect
their scholarly work with that of their peers and faculty. A group of senior
faculty from a wide range of disciplines serve as mentors to the Society of
Royce Fellows and help establish it as a challenging intellectual community.
The 1997 Royce Fellows
- Eliza Domingo '99, of Baldwin Park, is majoring in visual arts. Domingo
will work with the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, which she helped
establish last summer. Domingo will be responsible for assisting all aspects of
the operation, including conducting community outreaches.
- Hunter K. Eastburn '98, of Colorado Springs, is majoring in modern
American criminality. Eastburn will work with the Discharge Planning Team at
the Women's Division of the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions. She
will develop transition plans with inmates before their release. In preparation
for her senior honors thesis, she will consider inmates' reflections on
incarceration, evaluations of their own rehabilitation and the efficacy of the
criminal justice system.
- Scott Klemmer '99, of Granby, is majoring in art semiotics and computer
science. Klemmer's project explores a cognitive phenomena known as the "other
race effect." Integrating computer graphics and photography, he will design
experiments examining how the brain processes the faces of people from other
- Philip Mead '99, of Simsbury, is majoring in history. Mead will examine
the development of a national identity among average Americans during the
Revolutionary War. Specifically, he will research enlisted soldiers' reactions
to the crisis of 1780 and the mutinies that the crisis incited, exploring the
soldiers' political ideology, motives for fighting, and expectations of the
- Jane Comaroff '98, of Chicago, is majoring in history and Judaic studies.
Comaroff will study the 1968 teachers strike in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville
neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work focuses on how the strike evolved into
conflict between black and Jewish communities. She hopes that her honors thesis
will provide insights into contemporary problems facing schools.
- Rajan Agarwal '99, of Rockville, is majoring in health and society, and
business economics. This summer Agarwal will work with the medical director of
the Kamla Hospital, in a rural area of northern India. He hopes to develop a
deeper understanding of patient care and hospital management in an
international context. This project is part of a continuum of study and
research that Agarwal has designed to provide a holistic approach to the
management and practice of medicine.
- Zaid Ashai '99, of Ellicott City, is majoring in international relations
and business economics. Ashai, in collaboration with Professor Ashok Koul, will
research the language and literature, art and architecture, myth and history of
Kashmir. This project will culminate in a book providing an in-depth survey of
Kashmiri culture and examining how the culture has fostered co-existence among
- R. Scott Upton '98, of Ellicott City, is majoring in biology, ecology and
evolution. Upton's project builds on his interest in mammalian design, animal
behavior and ecology. His research examines how an animal's design and
evolutionary history imposes constraints on locomotion. In collaboration with
Professor Sharon Swartz, Upton will analyze shrew design in relation to its
specialized ecology and will investigate whether shrews are a more
representative model of early mammals.
- Tad Heuer '99, of Holliston, is majoring in public policy. Heuer's project
focuses on preserving historical graveyards in communities lacking the
resources to document or maintain these cultural resources. He will create a
guide to recording gravestone data that will help communities design their own
preservation initiatives. Heuer's research will also be used to enhance the
Brown course "Gravestones as Evidence of American Culture."
- Dorick Scarpelli '99, of Rockland, is majoring in religious studies and
development studies. Scarpelli's project will examine the effects of pediatric
HIV/AIDS on families. He will develop biographies of Rhode Island families
affected by the disease. The biographies will be incorporated into materials
distributed by local hospitals and AIDS-service organizations to families
facing similar circumstances.
- Vanessa Pinard '98, of Queens, is majoring in history and Afro-American
studies. Pinard will conduct a comparative analysis of identity formation in
New World African populations for her senior honors thesis. Her study will take
an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the social construction of race.
Pinard will examine the mulatto image in Haitian "nativist" art, Brazilian
samba and the Harlem Renaissance literary movement in the United States.
- Shoji Takahashi '98, of Nesconset, is majoring in biophysics. Takahashi's
research will address polymer-polymer phase separation for fabrication of
drug-delivery devices. This study has important pharmaceutical applications and
could contribute to the development of drug-delivery devices capable of
sustained, constant release. Takahashi will be working toward his senior honors
thesis as an investigator in Professor Edith Mathiowitz's laboratory.
- John Young '98, of Plattsburgh, is majoring in theater arts and Spanish.
Young will be working with Professor Rose Rosengard Subotnik to develop a new
seminar in the Department of Music. The course, "Seminar in Music and Theater:
American Musical Theater," will be dedicated to music with a theatrical aspect,
including opera, musical theater, cabaret and film.
- Tyler Denmead '98, of Columbus, is majoring in art history. Denmead is
creating an alternative education program pairing Brown and Rhode Island School
of Design students with Providence high school students to explore community
through creative expression. Exploring themes associated with social change,
the program will incorporate the work of visual artists, as well as art created
by the students throughout the year.
- Natalie Terry '98, of Solon, is majoring in biochemistry. Terry's research
focuses on the development of an organism from a single cell, the fertilized
egg. Terry will be using an mRNA model to study the forces behind cell division
in frog eggs to better understand the way body plans are created. Terry's
research, in collaboration with Professor Kimberly Mowry, will form the
foundation for her honors thesis.
- Zachary Gast '98, of Phoenixville, is majoring in political science and
Italian studies. Gast's project involves independent research on banking
services designed for low-income people in the United States. He will review
existing studies, examine current programs, and investigate the policies of the
U.S. government related to micro-finance.
- Franco Capaldi '99, of Providence, is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Capaldi's project will examine the mechanisms involved in the fracture of
layered ceramics, which have such promising applications as making engines
lighter and more durable. The project, in collaboration with Professor Brian
Sheldon, involves materials processing, mechanical testing and computer
- Jiganesh Patel '99, of Providence, is majoring in geology. Patel's project
involves applying several processing steps to raw images from Galileo satellite
probes of Jupiter. Patel will prepare the images for spectral analysis and
evaluate the geological significance of the data. The information will be used
to determine the nature of the geological events that create grooves similar to
those found on two of Jupiter's large moons.
- Meg Cary '99, of Seattle, is majoring in biology. Cary will spend her
summer working with a non-profit, non-governmental community development
organization in Bolivia. Cary will work in clinics and with various health and
hygiene education initiatives in preparation for designing a disease prevention
- Stephanie Saad '99, of Medina, is majoring in history and development
studies. Saad will spend the summer working on a strategic planning process
with the Municipal League of King County in Seattle. Through research, oral
history and policy analysis, Saad will document the life of the organization
and its approach to building community and civic responsibility. The project
will help synthesize the opportunities and challenges facing civic leagues
- John Snyder '99, of Wenatchee, is majoring in history. Snyder will
research the life of Bill Baird, a social reformer and controversial leader in
the pro-choice movement since 1963. Snyder will draw on primary sources such as
diaries, interviews, press clippings and documentaries to create a biography
and history of Baird's role in the movement and the larger "rights
- Miriam Jacobson '98, of Madison is majoring in English literature and
Renaissance studies. Jacobson will be collaborating with Professors Karen
Newman and Stephanie Merrim to create a new undergraduate course on Renaissance
women's writing. She also will conduct independent research for her honors
thesis focusing on early modern women's literature.
- Alla Bashenko '98, of Kiev, Ukraine, is an undergraduate majoring in
international relations and a graduate student in Slavic languages. Bashenko
will study two 20th-Century transformations in Ukraine - the Socialist
Revolution of 1917 and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Specifically, her research, the foundation for her honors thesis, will examine
the political and economic effects of these events on women.
- Benjamin Kleine '98, of Ottawa, Canada, is majoring in Old World
archaeology and art. Kleine will continue working with Professor Martha
Joukowsky at Brown's archaeological dig at the Petra Great Southern Temple in
Jordan. This summer, he will serve as a trench supervisor for 10-12 workers and
will maintain logs and data sheets on archaeological finds. Kleine will also
contribute to the first published report of the Petra dig, synthesizing five
years of work.