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Frederic Conger Wood Fellowship


Hada A. Bogetti Pérez (Arts and Sciences)

Title: "it"

Abstract: The human world of fictions, an irreality conceived in the Occident and imposed through the mechanism of colonialism on the Earth entire, is a world of destruction and being destroyed. Hiding in the shadows beneath the skyscrapers in which we live, work and study is a collection of truths, intuitions, dreams and nightmares that could give rise to a new story of who we are and how we interact with the world around us. Hada proposes in this project to continue looking, as she has looked in cities like San Francisco, New York, Mexico City and Paris, for these whispers of our impending salvation or doom, this time in Barcelona and Rome, cities in which nature and the person are identified by the same personal pronoun, in which a possibility exists for epiphany and change. Her project, titled "it", will take the form of a book of poetry, reflections, illustrations and photographs, and will form the basis for her College Scholar thesis.

Laura DeMassa (Government and English)

Title: "The Emergence, Expansion, and Perceived Merits of Obligatory Language Training in French Immigrant Integration Policy"

Abstract: The recent migration crisis in the European Union (EU) has led many member countries as well as the EU itself to re-evaluate and revise immigrant integration policies. The links between national integration policies and outcomes are inherently complex and not always clear. France has a long history of immigration and subsequently of national immigration policy. Most recently in September 2018, a new law on asylum and migration was adopted in France. A key component of this new law is a strengthening of French language ability requirements placed upon immigrants seeking long-term residency in France relative to previous laws (2016 Contrat d’intégration républicaine (CIR) and 2006 Contrat d’accueil et d’intégration (CAI)). Laura and her research partner, Sophie Partington, propose a collaborative research project based in Paris, France for six weeks during the summer of 2019 where they will explore the historical evolution and impact of national immigration policy in France with respect to obligatory French language ability through (1) analysis of historical documentation at the National Library of France and (2) a series of interviews with staff at a wide range of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve the immigrant population in the Greater Paris area. This spring, prior to departing for Paris, under the supervision of Prof. Weiss and with ongoing instruction in professional French research communication from Prof. Tabeling and other Romance Studies professors, they will refine the focus of the library-based document research and finalize the composition of interview questions in French. Through this summer field research experience, they aim to enrich their academic work towards their common minor in European Studies and gain valuable research experience for developing our future senior thesis work in their degree areas of Sociology and French (Partington) and Government and English (DeMassa).

Marlie Lukach (Agriculture and Life Sciences)

Title: "The effect of organic and synthetic mulching systems on the growth and development of aromatic plants"

Abstract: The project's objective is to identify the impacts of different types of mulches on aromatic plant species in an organic cropping system. In the trials, a drought tolerant species and a species that require a higher amount of water will be used. During the project, above ground biomass, soil characteristics, plant growth traits, plant chlorophyll, and essential oil content will be measured. The research project will be conducted in Thessaloniki, Greece at Perrotis College. Aromatic plant species are increasing in demand and can be grown on smaller parcels of land. This makes aromatic plants ideal candidates for Greek farmers, as most land holdings are less than 4 ha and they are highly profitable. Unfortunately, there is limited research on cultivating aromatic plant species. Before the increase in demand, the majority of aromatic plants in markets were from wild-collection, but this is leading to concerns of reduced stability in natural ecosystems and biodiversity in aromatic plants. Understanding the best methods to cultivate these plants could make them a highly profitable crop for small scale farmers and help to improve their livelihood.

Ami Mehta (Architecture)

Title: "Relationship between Architecture and Pedagogy: Space as a Catalyst for Primary School Learning in the Nordic Countries"

Abstract: This study aims to document and analyze the relationship between schools and school building design across time. By tracing the dialogue between school systems and their accompanying architecture, the study aims to extend these trends into the future and predict what education may look like in the next decade. Using qualitative research techniques and secondary research, the study will be an immersive investigation of a series of case studies in the Nordic countries, known for their high standards of public education. These case studies will be selected to represent a spectrum of different design responses to changing pedagogical objectives over the past few decades. This will ultimately build a design tool kit of successful architectural solutions evaluated by their users within their cultural and socio-economic contexts, unearthing the influence of spacial design in learning environments.
Previous years



Regina Longley (Spanish) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Fellowship for her proposal entitled “Morisco Lives and Culture: The Quotidian and Literary in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth- Century Spain.” With the aid of this grant, Fresco will be able to conduct on-site archival research in Spain over the summer of 2018, in the hopes of contributing to a better understanding of the everyday lives of Moriscos, their experiences, customs, and treatment by Old Christians during the Morisco Expulsion (1609-1614). This information will underlie Longley’s study of the “Morisco problem” and its impact on Spanish culture and identity during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century.


Lydia Holley (Mathematics) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “Discovering Mathematics Education in Poland and Language Acquisition Project.” She hopes that this research will help her explore the question of if European countries – in this case, specifically Poland - teach math in secondary school in a more theoretical tan computational way. Lydia will be able to spend her summer in Poland and plans to conduct research on how prospective math teachers are educated and exploring the government guidelines for secondary school education. 

Emma Stillings was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “The New Jewish Resistance:How the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Ignited Jewish Resistance.” She focuses her research on the image of the Jewish people during World War II. Emma spent a month in Poland and planned to research at the Poland National Archives. 

Sohyeon Hwang (Government and Information Science) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “’Republikflucht’ as a Social Phenomenon: Delving into the networks of East German refugees, 1961-1988.” She hopes that this research will help her explore the social elements of the German Democratic Republic that can reveal further nuances about why some people chose to flee. Sohyeon will be able to spend her summer in Germany and plans to conduct research through data collection from STASI and newspaper archives, studies and government reports. She is also plans to conduct interviews with escapees, government officials and/or scholars in order to develop a sense of what were the motivations for leaving and connections back to East Germany. 


Tanisha Mohapatra (Government) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “Humanitarianism in the Face of Two Europes: Understanding the Political Economy of the Response to Forced Migration.” She hopes that this research will address the reasons behind a seeming divided in some countries between the economic consensus and the sociopolitical conceptions. Tanisha will be able to spend her summer in Greece and Germany and plans to conduct her research through qualitative and structured interviews, ethnographic study and archival research.

Winston Lee (Chemical Engineering) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for his proposed work entitled “DAAD RISE Scholarship.” He hopes that this research will help him better understand surface wetting and/or study molecules inaccessible to normal experimentation. Winston will be able to spend 10 weeks in Germany to intern under Michaela Heier’s direction in the Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics.


R. Delphi Cleaveland (German Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “The contemporary ‘Sie’: Delving into the social construction of women in 21st century Germany.” She hopes that this research will become the first step to either “question the social construction of the modern German woman” or “unravel the intersectionality of experiences these women have to entering into German society”. Delphi will be able to spend her summer in German and plans to conduct a variety of interviews and visit various German archives. 

Justin Foo (Architecture) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for his proposed work entitled “Utopian Grids: Urban Design as Social Reform in Barcelona.” He hopes that this research will “example Ildefons Cerdá’s 1861 plan for Barcelona’s Eixample district in terms of its pragmatic approach to improving living standards as well as its theoretical utopian agenda” and “investigate how spatial organization is radically utilized to catalyse social reform in the city of Barcelona”. Justin will be able to spend his summer in Barcelona and plans to document existing urban conditions and trace the historical development of Barcelona’s Eixample district from the 1850s to present as well as conduct interviews with residents, planners and academics. 

Katherine Chen (Architecture) was awarded the Frederic Conger Wood Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “Urban Trajectories: walking/mapping the historical city.” She hopes that this research will “produce a set of analytical drawings that is composed of memory, temporality, social space and architecture to simultaneously contextualize and deconstruct the urban landscape.” Katherine will be able to spend 6 weeks in Paris and cities related to Paris and plans to “delve into the contemporary challenges that superimpose upon layers of the historical city.”