The Brown University News Bureau
Distributed May 7, 1999
Contact: Tracie Sweeney
The 1999 Royce Fellowship Program
25 undergraduates receive fellowships for research, public service
Twenty-five Brown University undergraduates will receive Royce Fellowships,
which will enable them to advance their research and public service projects
locally, nationally and internationally.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Twenty-five Brown University undergraduates have been
selected to receive Royce Fellowships - awards of up to $4,000 to help
them complete proposed research, curricular development, or public service
projects locally, nationally and internationally.
The program also confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce
Fellows, which supports reflection and inquiry by inspiring Fellows to connect
their scholarly work with that of their peers and faculty. This year's
contingent brings the Society's membership to 100.
The Royce Fellowship Program was started at Brown in 1996 by Charles Royce,
a 1961 graduate of Brown, to recognize undergraduates who have gained
distinction through their research, creativity, service and leadership. Royce,
president of Royce Funds, also is a University trustee.
- Natalie Lewis, Class of 2000.5, of Huntsville proposes to examine
Antiguan culture. Her research will include analyzing Antiguan music,
literature, art and dance, and collecting personal narratives.
- Bradford Mak, Class of 2000, of Los Angeles will design and
implement a field-based survey to assess the effect of a community health
project in rural Bangladesh. The project, being done for his honors thesis,
will focus on empowering indigenous self-help organizations to promote health
education and initiate community-based health interventions.
- Rachel Feldman, Class of 2001, of West Hartford will study classical
performance and composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the
intention of producing a digital recording of classical music and her own
- Elizabeth Loeb, Class of 2000, of North Haven plans to construct an
archive for a series of grassroots political events coordinated by a national
progressive political organization. With this archive, she will research
changing political practices within progressive activism and will publish her
research for use by activists and scholars.
- Marc Zuluaga, Class of 2001, of Sandy Hook will study geothermal
heat pumps designed to meet the needs of a building with minimal pollution. He
is working with geological science Professor John Hermance and engineering
Professor Barrett Hazeltine to maximize the application of this technology to
District of Columbia
- Maria Reff, Class of 2000, will examine how solar homes in rural
Honduras avoid emitting greenhouse gases. She will compare calculation
methodologies with field study results and incorporate her findings into a
project being done for the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation by Enersol
Associates, a nonprofit international development organization that works to
improve the quality of life in developing countries by fostering the use of
solar energy for rural electrification.
- Joshua Bernstein, Class of 2001, of Chicago will conduct a
comprehensive analysis of Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian attitudes toward
the allocation of water in the Jordan Valley. He will assess the current
political climate and determine the most feasible method of distributing the
remaining water equitably.
- Eric Tucker, Class of 2002, of Iowa City is creating the Providence
Urban Debate Initiative for public high school students. The program will
provide an alternative educational forum for ADHD students so that they can
direct their hyperactivity, creative nonlinear thinking, and impulsiveness into
- Robert R. L. Gray, Class of 2001, of Chevy Chase plans to research
black migration to Martha's Vineyard during the last 50 years. He will combine
historical material from the archives of the Dukes County Historical Society
and the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society with his own interviews.
- Sarah Ann Wells, Class of 2001, of Takoma Park plans to create and
lead an eight-week literacy program for second-language learners using poetry
as the curriculum. Her project will culminate in a book of writing and
reflection by the students, and will include lesson plans for the class and
commentary by other practitioners.
- Colleen Dalton, Class of 2000, of Hingham will use earthquake waves
to locate and model the subducted Farallon slab, a fragment of the Earth's hard
outer shell that sunk more than 1,500 kilometers into the Earth and now lies
beneath eastern North America. She hopes to illuminate how solid rock flows and
circulates throughout the Earth's deep interior.
- Alice Osborne Lovejoy, Class of 2001, of Marblehead is creating a
documentary expression program with members of Providence's Southeast Asian
gangs. The collaborative documentary will give gang members an opportunity to
tell their stories while learning about filmmaking.
- Julia Turner, Class of 2000, of Milton will research the effect of
immigration on the development of American culture and identity for her honors
thesis. She will examine previously unstudied documents of the Tirocchi
sisters, two Italian immigrants to Providence who established and ran a
dressmaking shop from 1915 to 1947.
- Benita Wong, Class of 2000, of Sudbury will explore the synthesis
and characterization of a novel protease inhibitor that has been designed to
overcome flaws of naturally derived inhibitors. She hopes that her work with
Christopher Seto, assistant professor of chemistry, will lead to a more
effective compound to prevent and treat cancer.
- Molly Christiansen, Class of 2000.5, of Princeton will go to Oaxaca,
Mexico, to help a rural community address its sanitation needs by building
low-cost composting toilets. She will work with the village and a local
nongovernmental organization to develop the project.
- Alexandra Gordon, Class of 2001, of New York City will
translate The Never Ending Path, a novel by Russian author Alexandra
Brushstein, into English. She will also create illustrations to accompany the
- Loira Limbal, Class of 2001, of New York City will research the
effect of racial formation on women's roles in Dominican societies in the
United States and in the Dominican Republic. Her work will include documenting
the stories of women leaders and developing a summer program for young
Dominican/Latina women that combines creative writing and history.
- Cameron Smith, Class of 2000, of Brookville will examine how women
writers and intellectuals influenced Ralph Waldo Emerson's abolitionist
rhetoric. Smith also will investigate how Emerson's framing of abolitionism
synthesized the sentimental and the intellectual in order to articulate a new
conception of race and individual identity during the Jacksonian
- Michael Allan, Class of 2000, of McLean will
investigate the cinema direct movement in Quebec during and following the Quiet
Revolution of the 1960s. He will focus on the relationship between documentary
and history and the implications of cinema direct documentary in relation to a
collective Quebec identity.
- J. Lester Feder, Class of 2001, of McLean will be an apprentice to
Del Rey, a professional blues guitarist from Seattle. His project involves
conducting research on blues history, assisting Rey's producer and agent in
creating a new album, and taking guitar lessons.
- Ama Codjoe, Class of 2001, of Jackson plans to work with the
National Black Women's Health Project in Washington, D.C. She will develop
health education programming for young black women, focusing on such issues as
nutrition, eating concerns, and body image.
- Carolyn Cohan, Class of 2000, of Dallas will study the educational
system in Puerto Rico to better understand the challenges facing Puerto Rican
students in mainland schools. She will conduct her research with the
departments of education and literature at the University of Puerto
- Alison Stern Golub, Class of 2000, of Seattle will conduct in-depth
research on the psychological effects of the Holocaust on survivors' resilience
and will to live. The study is being done for her honors thesis. She also will
collaborate with Maud Mandel, assistant professor of Judaic studies, to create
a senior seminar course on comparative genocide for the fall semester of
- Julia Buss, Class of 2000, of Canterbury Kent, England, will examine
English literature from the French Revolution through the first half of the
19th century. She will focus on literature produced by and circulated among the
working class as a reflection of the social and political history of the period.
- Yi Ping Ho, Class of 2000, of Singapore will examine the role
history plays in fostering national identity in Singapore. Ho aims to analyze
the significance and implications of national education in light of the social,
political and economic events unfolding in Southeast Asia.