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REED STUDENT AND ALUMNA AWARDED MELLON FELLOWSHIPS

Reed student Brett Rogers '99 selected as alternate</


Reed College senior Kimberly Oldenburg and recent graduate Anne Oravetz '98 were awarded Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies for 1999 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. A total of 98 fellows were selected from nearly 800 of the nation's top humanities students. These prestigious awards, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provide the fellows financial support for the first year of study in a Ph.D. program at any U.S. or Canadian graduate school. The stipend for the new fellows will be $14,500, plus tuition and mandated fees. Reed student Brett Rogers '99 has been selected as an alternate.

Kimberly Oldenburg '99, a senior English literature major from Danville, California, is just finishing her senior thesis on "Nationality and Men of Letters in Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus." Oldenburg has worked as a research assistant for several members of the English department at Reed. She plans to use her Mellon award to attend Princeton University to study the Victorian period of English literature.

Anne Oravetz '98, a native of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, wrote her Reed religion thesis on "Critiquing Traditions: the Mysticism of Abraham Yagel's Apocalytic Vision." In her thesis Oravetz analyzed the work of an internationally known Jewish studies scholar, David Ruderman, and in the process developed a new theory on how to identify mysticism. Oravetz is currently working for the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women in New York, planning programs to provide scholarships to women in higher education. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in history, focusing on Jewish studies as well as Jewish and Christian points of contact in the early modern period.

Brett Rogers '99, a graduate of Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California, spent spring 1998 at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. After finishing his thesis, "Sexual Mythology in the Julio-Claudian Dynasty (44 BC-AD 68)," Rogers plans on attending Stanford University and continuing his study of classics.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, in Princeton, New Jersey, designs and operates a variety of programs to encourage excellence in American education. The foundation focuses on offering fellowships for graduate study, improving the status and representation of minority groups and women at all levels of education, fostering the professional development of teachers, and encouraging greater cooperation between the academy and other sectors of society.