Students Awarded Mellon Humanities Scholarships

June 3, 2014           

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan has announced its 2014 Mellon Humanities Scholars. Following are the students, projects and faculty sponsors who have been awarded a 2014 Mellon Humanities Scholarship:

Student: Timothy McDunn ’16 (Elmhurst, Ill.) music composition and Greek and Roman Studies double major
Project: “Christian Humanism in the Commedia
Sponsors: Andy Engen, assistant professor of philosophy, and Amy Coles, assistant professor of history

Student: Lisa Mishra ’15 (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) economics and International Studies double major
Project: “Icons & Images, Texts & Traditions: Towards the Development of an Interfaith Prayer Space at Illinois Wesleyan”
Sponsors: Elyse Nelson Winger, University Chaplain, and Nawaraj Chaulagain, visiting assistant professor of religion

Student: Colleen O’Connor ’14 (Palatine, Ill.) English-writing and psychology double major
Project: “Creative Writing as an Affordable Mental Health Intervention”
Sponsor: Amanda Vicary, assistant professor of psychology

Student: Nathaniel Douglas ’15 (Monticello, Ill.) Hispanic Studies major
Project: “Y no me esperaba nadie: Lugar y espacio en la Catalunya de la posguerra y del posfranquismo” (“And no one was waiting for me: Place and space in post-war and post-Franco Catalunya”)
Sponsor: Carmela Ferradans, professor of Hispanic Studies

The Mellon Scholars program allows students to conduct research with faculty members over the summer. The program is part of a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for humanities initiatives at Illinois Wesleyan.

Contact: Danielle Kamp, (309) 556-3181,