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Reed College senior Darlene Pasieczny was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies for 2001 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 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 $15,000, plus tuition and mandated fees.

Pasieczny, an art history major from Phoenix, Arizona, will be entering Columbia University in the fall to study twentieth-century modernist art, with a focus on Soviet and Eastern European art history. In her senior thesis, Pasieczny has studied the cultural and political position of avant-garde art in the Stalinist regime.

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. The foundation seeks to sponsor excellence in education and thus develop a new generation of leaders.

The Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies is designed to help exceptionally promising students to prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic studies by providing top-level, competitive, and portable awards, and to contribute thereby to the continuity of teaching and research of the highest order in America's colleges and universities.

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