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Ford Fellowship

Researching the pentatonic scale in jazz and organic vs. conventional agriculture are just a few topics our Ford Fellows have explored.

Amelia Goranson '14
Amelia Goranson '14

Psychology major, anthropology and sociology minor

As part of her Ford Fellowship, Amelia spent the summer of 2013 researching how situations can be framed so that people behave in more
socially beneficial ways. Her research will be the first part of her Honors project.


Each year, juniors with strong academic records are nominated by faculty to apply for the Ford Fellowship program. Approximately 10 students are selected by a committee of three faculty and the director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

As a Ford Fellow, you'll participate in a weekly seminar during the winter term covering topics related to successfully attaining an advanced degree and preparing for a career in teaching or research. Ford Fellows also receive a sizeable stipend to pursue an independent research, scholarly, or creative project -- usually over the course of the summer before your senior year.

Many Ford Fellows continue their work through the Honors Program during their senior year.


Recent Ford Fellows

  • Natalie Baldino, Philosophy
  • Celinda Davis, History
  • Mary DiPrete, English Literature and Philosophy
  • Adrienne Ernst, Biology and Environmental Studies
  • Lily Gaetgaeow, Music
  • Noah Gleason-Hart, International Relations
  • Erik Gustafson, Physics and Classics
  • Olivia Martin, Biology
  • Lyana Sun Han Chang, Modern Languages
  • Michael Supej, Chemistry and Mathematics

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