2012 BU Women’s Guild Scholarship Winners

in Uncategorized
May 25th, 2012

Congratulations to our 2012 scholarship winners:

Katherine Connor McLaughlin Scholarship

Courtney Carignan
Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Health, School of Public Health
Her research investigates human exposure to flame retardants and seeks to understand better how we are exposed to these chemicals in order to limit future exposures.

Elsbeth Melville Scholarship

Jaclyn Villano
MFA candidate, Playwriting, GRS
Her short plays have been staged around the country and her full-length play, Unanswered, We Ride, had its world premiere at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her most recent play, The Company We Keep, will be staged at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre thisyear. Jaclyn is the co-founder and playwright-in-resident of Theatre Daedalus.

Boston University Women’s Guild Scholarships

Victoria Livingstone
Ph.D. candidate, Romance Studies, GRS
Victoria’s dissertation examines how Latin America has been represented through literature translated from Spanish and Portuguese  into English. She recently finished translating a book of contemporary Mayan poetry, which will be published in a trilingual edition by Achiote Press later this year.

Chelsea Shields Strayer
Ph.D. candidate, Biological and Cultural Anthropology, GRS
Chelsea has been doing research in Ghana, West Africa, for more than a decade on Asante indigenous religion and ritual healing and how social interactions, cultural meaning, and ritual processes influence physiological mechanisms. Currently, she is living in Baltimore, MD, where she is teaching at Towson University and finished her dissertation on “How Asante Indigenous Ritual Healing Ceremonies Activate and Enhance Placebogenic Mechanisms.”

Carol Wilson
PhD candidate, Geology, GRS
A coastal geomorphologist, Carol is studying how climate and human-induced changes are manifested in salt marshes.

Boston University Women’s Guild Award

Limor Eger
PhD candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, GRS
Limor is exploring the role of multi-energy measurements in X-ray tomography for baggage screening in airports. Her research is part of ALERT, a Department of Homeland Security Center for Excellence for explosives detection.

Tracy Aurigemma
MS candidate, Forensic Anthropology, MED
Tracy’s thesis focuses on whether or not parturition can be detected from the skeletal pelves of women. She will measure certain landmarks on the pubic bones of women who have had and who have not had children. She will conduct her research at the William M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Katherine Connor McLaughlin Award

Leah DeTellis
MSW candidate, SSW, Fall River Campus
Leah manages a cafe and cares for her three-year-old while going to school. She hopes to work for the Department of Children and Families.

Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award

Shubha Sunder, MFA candidate, Fiction, GRS
Shubha grew up in Bangalore, India, and came to the United States in 2001. She earned her BA in Physics from Bryn Mawr College where she won the Anne Winkelman Short Story Prize and the Academy of American Poets’ Prize. She has spent the last six years writing while teaching high school math and physics. Her short stories and poems have been published in Nimbus and The Drum Literary Magazine.

Florence Engel Randall Undergraduate Fiction Award

Erin Chack, COM ’12, Journalism
Her short story, Baldielocks, explores a day-in-the-life of a twenty-something battling cancer and the unusual situation of having a serious disease so young. InBaldielocks, we meet a supporting cast stuck in the delicate balancing act of keeping it all together for the young heroine, but ti doesn’t take much for it to all fall apart.

The 2012 competition was judged by Stacy Mattingly, the 2011 Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award winner.