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UI student wins prestigious Mellon Fellowship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sanjukta Paul, a University of Iowa senior, has been
awarded the prestigious Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. The fellowships,
which are awarded to students nationwide by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
carry a $14,000 stipend plus tuition and fees for the first year of study
toward a doctorate.
Paul, an Omaha, Neb., native who is majoring in philosophy with a minor
in religion, will complete her undergraduate degree in May. She plans to
continue her education at the University of Pittsburgh where she will pursue
a doctorate in order to launch an academic career in philosophy. Her primary
interests in philosophy are epistemology and the philosophy of science.
Paul credited her undergraduate experience at Iowa for her success in
the fellowship competition. "I feel like the preparation I have received
in my major has been excellent," she said. "Moreover, I have
been lucky enough to have several professors in both the philosophy department
and in the School of Religion who consistently put forth far more effort
and time than might be reasonably expected for the benefit of their students'
education." The Honors Program staff was also very helpful during
the application process for the fellowship, she said.
Evan Fales, a UI professor of philosophy and Paul's honors thesis adviser,
said he has been impressed with Paul as a student and a scholar since he
first taught her during her sophomore year. "She is really quite brilliant
-- I could tell right from the start," Fales said. "She asks
the kinds of questions that make it evident that she is thinking about
300 yards ahead of the class discussion.
"She is very sensible and level-headed. I have every expectation
that she will go on to become quite visible and highly recognized in the
field," he continued.
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts said the fellowship
rewards the commitment to scholarship Paul has displayed during her undergraduate
education. "I'm delighted to see one of our students excel and be
recognized by this prestigious award," Maxson said. "It reflects
her abilities and accomplishments and is a tribute to the faculty she has
worked with in philosophy and in other areas of the college."
The primary objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to identify and encourage
students who are committed to teaching and have a broad vision of learning.
Applicants must be planning to pursue a doctorate in any humanistic field.
The 97 winners of this year's Mellon Fellowships were selected from 750