The Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship has announced the winners of their Summer Scholarship and Hazeltine Fellowship for Graduate Research. Congratulations to the recipients: Liz Brennan, Felipe Brugués, Ann Daly, Kathrinne Duffy, and Prabhdeep Kehal. The Summer Scholars Program provides students with a living stipend to help them focus on addressing graduate student research questions in the realms of entrepreneurship education, diversity, and inequality, in ways that are academically rigorous. The Hazeltine Fellowship (administered through BEO) is awarded annually to support Brown Ph.D. and master students' research costs around promising areas of entrepreneurship. Read more about the winners.
Liz Brennan, doctoral student in Sociology
Her research interests focus on organizations, healthcare, technology, and law. Liz's dissertation examines both the development and implementation of electronic medical records. As a Summer Scholar, Liz will work on a joint project with fellow Summer Scholar Prabh Kehal. They will explore how entrepreneurial centers within higher education serve as a mechanism for innovation. This summer, Liz will develop an interview protocol and research plan, and conduct exploratory interviews with centers' directors, staff, and students.
Felipe Brugués, doctoral student in Economics
Felipe's research will explore the role of multi-firm entrepreneurs in the Ecuadorian economy, and assess how their decisions benefit society by examining their pricing, supply chain, and investment decisions. As a Hazeltine Fellow, he hopes to uncover the source of efficiencies in order to provide insights for policy-making and future entrepreneurs.
Ann Daly, Ph.D. candidate in History
Ann focuses her studies on 19th-century capitalism and US history. Her dissertation explores the manufacture of the dollar and the origins of the US mint in the antebellum US. As a Hazeltine Fellow and Summer Scholar, she will examine the relationship between mining entrepreneurs and government institutions in the gold fields of Georgia in order to understand how mining entrepreneurs managed their capital, negotiated federal regulations, and outsourced the crucial work of refining gold and making money to government institutions.
Kathrinne Duffy, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies
Her focus is 19th-century American history, with an emphasis on the history of science and material culture. For her dissertation, Kathrinne is exploring the business of phrenology: a controversial and influential science of the mind that gave rise to new ideas about the self in the antebellum United States. With summer funding from the Nelson Center and the Hazeltine Fellowship, Kathrinne is traveling to archives to research the work and impact of phrenological entrepreneurs.
Prabhdeep Kehal, doctoral student in Sociology
His research interests focus on race, higher education, and organizations. Prabhdeep studies how higher education engages with and produces ideologies of race and racialization. As a Nelson Center Summer Scholar, Prabhdeep will work on a joint project with fellow Summer Scholar Liz Brennan. They aim to understand the larger history and context of higher education and entrepreneurship and reveal what role the centers may play in the ongoing development of higher education and entrepreneurship. Prabhdeep will specifically work on identifying supplementary data sources to augment the project and work on constructing the project's sampling pool.