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Eckley Scholars Announced

June 12, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Illinois Wesleyan University announced the 2020 recipients of the Robert S. and Nell B. Eckley Scholars and Artists Program.

Established by President Emeritus and Mrs. Robert S. Eckley, the recognition provides a stipend of $4,000 for each scholar to spend the summer conducting scholarly research or artistic activity under the mentorship of a faculty member. The program is designed to develop and deepen a student’s creative and research competencies. This summer, Eckley scholars and their faculty sponsors are collaborating through distance learning modes.

Students selected for the fellowship, their projects, and their faculty sponsors are:


Megan Baker

Student: Megan Baker ’21 (Chicago Ridge, Illinois)

Project: “Queering Jo March: Investigating Gender Identity and Sexuality in Alcott’s and Gerwig’s Little Women

Sponsor: Molly Robey, Associate Professor of English


Bobby Koirala
Bobby Koirala

Student: Bhavin “Bobby” Koirala ’22 (Normal, Illinois)

Project: “Constructing Carmichael Numbers of Order 2”

Sponsor: Andrew Shallue, Associate Professor of Computer Science




Yovana Milosevic
Yovana Milosevic

Student: Yovana Milosevic ’21 (Lakewood, Colorado)

Project: “Exotic Tonguing: Immigration Narratives Told Through Gurlesque Poems”

Sponsor: Michael Theune, Robert Harrington Endowed Professor of English and Writing Program Director




Hannah Ogunnubi
Hannah Ogunnubi

Student: Hannah Ogunnubi ’22 (Grayslake, Illinois)


Project: “My Road to Creating a Complete Visual World for a Play”

Sponsor: Curtis Trout, Professor of Theatre Arts




Erin Yuan
Erin Yuan

Student: Xiaohan “Erin” Yuan ’22 (Qingdao, China)

Project: “Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Antioxidants in Tea”

Sponsor: Manori Perera, Associate Professor of Chemistry