The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

MAY 2017

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Fellowships Winners!

Carolin Frias: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to France
Sarah Lopez: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil
Philip Papaioannou: Fulbright Research Scholarship to Poland
Morgan Phoenix: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships to Germany and Austria
Jennifer Reyes ’15: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Jordan
Evan Woodnorth ’16: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Austria
Mrinalini Mitra: The Davis Project for Peace 2017, “Savera: Solar Energy for Pure Pandey Village, India”
Halimatou Bah, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
Makynzie Horvath, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
Lelah McCarthy, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
Ly Kieu Hanh Pham, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
Lolita Schalekamp, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
James Fennessey, Fulbright UK Summer Institute to Queens College-Belfast for Irish Studies Program

Megan Lisska and Elin Lisska Christensen Humanities Award
Elizabeth VanNess ’17 is the first recipient of the Megan Lisska and Elin Lisska Christensen Humanities Award, a new award endowed by Dr.

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

APRIL 2017

CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATIONS

The Lisska Center will be making several awards of $2,000 each to rising junior or senior women this year as a part of the Alumnae Endowed Scholarship Program.

The scholarship was endowed by alumna Deborah Mohatarem (’76) and is to be awarded “to a female upperclass student who has demonstrated achievement in several of the following areas — academics, service, the arts, student leadership, or is a student who has shown outstanding and extraordinary achievement in one area.” High academic achievement is baseline.

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

MARCH 2017

FELLOWSHIPS RECRUITING

Send us your most talented students!

In the Lisska Center, our motto is “it’s never too early.”
NOW is the time for ambitious juniors with strong academic and leadership records to come talk to us about exploring opportunities with early fall deadlines, including the Fulbright, NSF grants, and prestigious British University awards (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, etc.).

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

FEBRUARY 2017

The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement would like to congratulate the following 13 students and alumni who have advanced to the semi-final round of the Fulbright competition:

Emily Cantrell (Mexico ETA)
Chelsea Chen (Turkey ETA)
Carolin Frias (France ETA)
Amber Garcia-Gonzales (Dominican Republic ETA)
Jeffrey Kautz (Germany ETA)
Sarah Lopez (Brazil ETA)
Matthew Miller ’10 (UK Creative Writing)
Philip Papaioannou (Poland Chemistry research)
Morgan Phoenix (Germany ETA)
Jennifer Reyes ’15 (Jordan ETA)
Anthony Sernus (Spain ETA)
Ryan Vagedes (Spain ETA)
Erin Worden (Greece ETA)
Final decisions on Fulbright Scholarship winners will be announced in late spring 2017.

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

DECEMBER 2016

“Lisska’s Index”
The Lisska Center operates Denison’s fellowships office, coordinates our Summer Scholar programs, and serves as a hub for intellectual programming on campus. We are eager to meet with motivated students seeking opportunities to enhance their academic and extracurricular activities with a wide range of scholarly experiences both on and off campus. In the spirit of Harper’s Index, here are some facts to give you an idea of what we’ve been up to:

Average number of individual student consultations held per year: 450
Fellowship applications submitted by Denison students last year: 96
Percentage of Denison students who won the fellowship they applied for last year: 22
Application essay drafts read and commented on so far this year: 270
Fulbright applications submitted in October 2016 by Denison seniors and alums: 24
Advising Circles visited so far this fall: 27
Number of Denison Summer Scholar awards granted last year: 108
Percentage of Summer Scholar awards in the humanities, social sciences, and arts: 44
Number of faculty members who supervised Summer Scholar projects: 70
Number of interdisciplinary faculty Research Tables currently under way: 5
Percentage of first-year students surveyed who have received emails from Cookie: 100
Number of students who have told us they thought Cookie was an email robot: 4
Percentage of students who tell us they regretted applying for fellowships even when they didn’t win one: 0
Please encourage your sophomore and junior advisees to come talk to us NOW about how to identify and pursue opportunities for summer research, travel, and a wide range of postgraduate programs both in the US and abroad!

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

NOVEMBER 2016

Thanksgiving is nearly here – it’s time to start thinking about the summer!

Unlike many colleges, we are fortunate at Denison to have endowed funds that support summer research projects for students across all the disciplines, not just the sciences. In fact, “summer research” is something of a misnomer, since students not only conduct research but also pursue scholarly and creative projects, both on and off campus.

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

OCTOBER 2016

Summer Opportunities 2017

Believe it or not, it’s time to talk to students about their plans for summer 2017! The Lisska Center can help students identify funding opportunities for exciting summer research, study, and intellectual enrichment programs both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of the more popular summer opportunities include:

Gilman Scholarship – helps fund summer study abroad programs [early deadline Oct.

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The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement

SEPTEMBER 2016

Lisska Center Re-dedication
Last spring, we re-dedicated the Gilpatrick Center as the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement. Our mission is to promote intellectual dialogue and scholarly excellence on campus. The core of our work is mentorship: helping motivated students connect their academic work to their extracurricular experiences, explore opportunities for summer and semester-long research and scholarship, and articulate their longer-term goals.

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