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Friedman wins Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study

Princeton junior Joanna Friedman has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, which supports promising students in their graduate studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Friedman, who is from Mansfield, Texas, is an English major and certificate candidate in linguistics. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English and hopes to become a professor.

Friedman is primarily interested in Renaissance drama, particularly the works of Shakespeare. "I'm interested in early modern representations of race and ethnicity but also, more broadly, in how Elizabethans perceived 'marginal' segments of the population," she said.

Friedman is one of 20 students from around the country to be awarded 2006 Beinecke Scholarships, which provide each winner with $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. The awards were established in 1971 and are administered by the Sperry Fund.

Friedman served as president of the Princeton Debate Panel during her junior year and has won several awards for excellence in debate. Previously, she was president of the senate for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the country's oldest student-run political, literary and debating society. She also is an undergraduate fellow of the Policy Research Institute for the Region and a writer and editor for several campus political publications.

Friedman won the 2006 A. Scott Berg Prize for the most promising creative or research project in the English department. She also has received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which supports minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities who will pursue Ph.D.s in the arts and sciences.

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