Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship

Application Materials
Recipients Expectations


The Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy invites applications for Jerome A. Schiff Fellowships. Made possible through a generous gift from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust, this grant enables Wellesley College to fund the independent research projects of 10-15 students during the academic year.

Schiff Fellowships are merit awards intended to support the scholarly work of students enrolled in the senior honors program. Eligibility is limited to Wellesley students currently enrolled in a 360 or intending to enroll in a 360 in spring. Students who are currently enrolled in a 370 this semester are not eligible.

The Schiff Fellowships will be granted on the basis of merit to students pursuing advanced study through the senior honors program. Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, feasibility of the research project, and its promise for providing a meaningful and productive intellectual experience. Grants may be used to support scholarly work related to an honors thesis in a student's major field, and awardees will be selected by Wellesley's Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.

Fellowships of $2,000 per student will be awarded, based on a competitive application process. Funds may be used to reduce work obligations during the academic year in order to devote more time to research, to cover travel and living expenses related to fieldwork, interviews, library or archival research; to purchase supplies, materials and equipment necessary to conduct research; and to cover travel and living expenses to attend appropriate academic conferences.

Application Materials

Students wishing to apply for a Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship should submit the following materials:

  • a cover sheet listing name, major, local address and telephone number, email address, thesis title, and the name of the faculty member serving as advisor to the thesis. The cover sheet should be signed and dated by both the student and her thesis advisor;
  • a current resume;
  • a 2-3 page proposal (double-spaced) describing the thesis, work completed to date, and detailed plans for the Fellowship year, including a description of how the funds will be used. Applicants should be careful to make their proposals intelligible to non-specialist readers;
  • an unofficial transcript from Banner self-service;
  • two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by the student's thesis advisor and the other by a Wellesley College faculty member familiar with the project. The letters should address the strength and feasibility of the student's proposed thesis, the student's ability to work independently, and the likelihood that the promise of the thesis will be fulfilled. The Committee would also welcome comments comparing the applicant's proposal to that of other students with whom the faculty member has worked. Students should collect these signed letters in a sealed envelope and submit them as part of their application packet.

Completed fellowship applications should be sent to the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy, Office of the Registrar, Schneider Hall no later than Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Late applications will not be accepted. Schiff Fellows will be announced in early November.

 Recipient Expectations

Fellowship recipients are expected to present the results of their honors work at the Ruhlman Conference. In addition, Fellows will be required to submit a one-page reflection on their use of the award to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College before Commencement Day (before the end of exams in December, in the case of students beginning a 360 in Spring).

A recipient of the Schiff Fellowship is not eligible to also receive a Daniels Fellowship.

2014-15 Jerome A. Schiff Fellows


Sebiha Abdullahi, Biological Chemistry
Radiolysis of Water, The Molecule of Life
(Christopher Arumainayagam, Chemistry)

Mwangala Akamandisa, Biological Chemistry
Modeling Lipid Binding of Sec14 Proteins using Patellin1
(Donald Elmore, Biological Chemistry)

Kirsten Blancato, Astrophysics
Compact Quiescent Galaxies in the DEEP2 Redshift Survey
(Kim McLeod, Astronomy)

Jacquelyn Chou, Biological Sciences
Beyond Prosthetics: The First Steps Toward Identifying Key Regulators of Limb Regeneration
(Yuichiro Suzuki, Biological Sciences)

Elena Cravens, Biological Sciences
The Role of COW1 Orthologs in Physcomitrella patens Protonemal Growth
(T. Kaye Peterman, Biological Sciences)

Hannah Degner, English
The "Allincluding" Language of Ulysses
(Margery Sabin, English)

Katherine Di Lucido, Economics
Faltering Finances: The Implications of High-Tuition, High-Aid Policies in Post-Secondary Education
(Phillip Levine, Economics)

Narayani Gupta, Economics
End of the Multifiber Arrangement and its Impact on Indian Textile
(Pinar Keskin, Economics)

Kathryn Ledbetter, Chemical Physics and Classical Civilization
A Coupled Schrodinger Equation Approach to Modeling Predissociation in the SO Molecule
(Glenn Stark, Physics)

Yeon Joo Lee, Neuroscience
Determining the Molecular Mechanism Modulating Interactions between Cardiac Potassium Channel α-subunit proteins hERG and KvLQT1
(Louise Darling, Biological Sciences)

Maymay Liu, English
Alice in Wonderland: Dorothy Wordsworth and the Search for Self in Wordsworthian Nature
(Susan Meyer, English)

Ariana Mora, Music
(Jenny Johnson, Music)

Sara Musetti, Biological Chemistry
Constructing a Multi-Purpose Nanovehicle for Targeting and Treating Pancreatic Cancer
(Nolan Flynn, Chemistry)

Eunice Paik, Physics
Using an Autocorrelation Method to Identify Single Nitrogen Vacancy Centers in Diamond
(Robert Berg, Physics)

Claire Tam, Political Science
Spatial Patterns in Urban Warfare and Paramilitary Feuds: A Micro-level Analysis of Republican and Loyalist Intra-movement Conflicts during Northern Ireland's Troubles
(Stacie Goddard, Political Science)

Maile Wong, Psychology
Preschool Friendship Formation and Unilateral Friendship Outcomes
(Tracy Gleason, Psychology)

Claire Yi, Peace and Justice Studies
Towards Settlement and Reconciliation: Mainstream Versus Self-Created Representations of North Korean Defectors in South Korea
(Catia Confortini, Peace and Justice Studies)

Frieda Zhang, Chemistry
Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of (1S)-1, 2-dihydro-1-napthalenol Derivatives as Promising Anti-Pancreatic Cancer Agents
(Dora Carrico-Moniz, Chemistry)