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PIIRS names Class of 2015 Undergraduate Fellows

Eleven members of the Class of 2015 have been named PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows as part of an initiative that provides funding for senior thesis-related research abroad. Under the guidance of fellowship adviser Michael Laffan, a professor of history, the students spent the first part of the spring 2014 semester preparing research proposals that are eligible for between $3,000 and $5,000 in support from PIIRS.

The fellows presented their completed proposals on April 15 and will meet in May to begin planning their postsummer fellowship activities.

The students represent eight departments — anthropology, molecular biology, architecture, history, East Asian studies, French and Italian, Slavic languages and literatures, and the Woodrow Wilson School.

They also represent a wide range of certificate programs: creative writing, humanistic studies, French language and culture, global health and public policy, Latin American studies, medieval studies, Portuguese language and culture, Spanish language and culture, theater, translation and intercultural communication, and urban studies.

Laffan’s role is to help the students develop advising relationships with faculty members as they prepare their proposals in advance of their senior thesis. To become eligible for funding, proposals must be approved by the PIIRS director.

The fellowships are open to Princeton students who are about to enter the second semester of their junior year on campus. The program is in its third year.

Photo Caption: PIIRS Undergraduate Fellows, Class of 2015. Back row, from left: Misha Semenov, Andres Parrado, Luke Politi, Katie Horvath, Arjun Naidu, Rachel Reiss. Front row, from left: Rachel Skokowski, Rafael Saiz Garcia, Kassandra Leiva, and Jake Robertson. Not pictured: Michael Kochis. Photo by Amaris Hardy.

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow Li ’14 wins Marshall Scholarship

Dixon Li ’14, a PIIRS Undergraduate Fellow and former PIIRS Global Seminar student, has been named a 2014 Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living at a British university of the recipient’s choice for up to two years. Up to 40 scholars from American colleges are named annually.

Li, an English major from Sandy, Utah, plans to complete two master's degrees. He will first study writing in the modern age at Queen Mary University of London, and in his second year will pursue an M.Phil. in English at the University of Cambridge.