Nine Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College at Oxford University, and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University. 

The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Tania Calle, Nicholas Goldrosen, Grace Kromm, Jake Rinaldi, Crispin Jay (CJ) Salapare, Suiyi Tang and Meklit Tesfaye. Joseph Moore was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship, and Emmie Hine was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Calle, a political science major from Corona, Queens, N.Y., plans to pursue an M.Phil. in public health and public policy. Aiming to further her understanding of the social and ecological framework of health while also building her epidemiological, statistical, and ethnographic skill set, she intends to study the relationship between the adoption of restrictive immigration policy measures and immigrant communities’ wellbeing. At Williams, she was the chair of Vista, the Latinx student organization, and the Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement. She also participated in College Council, was a member of the Berkshire Doula Project, and was a dancer/choreographer for Ritmo Latino. In 2019, she was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Goldrosen, a mathematics and political science major from Brooklyn, N.Y., will pursue an M.Phil. in criminological research. He is particularly interested in researching the effectiveness of police oversight organizations at improving public perceptions of law enforcement via procedural justice. At Williams, he was active with the student newspaper and served as editor in a variety of capacities, including editor-in-chief. He also was co-president of the Junior Advisor Advisory Board and student chair of the Honor and Discipline Committee. As the recipient of two summer research fellowships, he examined the administration of justice in county courthouses across the United States, as well as privately-run juvenile alternative sentencing programs in Berkshire County.

Hine, a Chinese and computer science major from Chicago, Ill., plans to complete an M.Sc. in social sciences of the internet. With an interest in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) governance, she studied at the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford during her junior year, where she conducted research at the university’s Centre for the Governance of AI. At Williams, she served on the Computer Science Student Advisory Committee and was a Chinese teaching assistant. In summer 2017, she attended the Harvard Beijing Academy, and she has completed internships in cybersecurity and information technology at Chicago-based companies Braintree and Beam Suntory, respectively.

Kromm, a chemistry and psychology major from Winchester, Mass., will pursue a Ph.D. in clinical neurosciences. With an interest in studying the relationship between sleep architecture, functional brain connectivity, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in vulnerable infants, she aims to study under the direction of neonatologist Topun Austin, co-director of neoLAB, a collaboration between the Cambridge Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience and the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory at University College London. At Williams, she was a peer tutor, lab teaching assistant, and research assistant in the chemistry department. She is currently a neuroscience thesis student in the Carter Lab, where she studies mouse feeding behavior using optogenetics.

Moore, a comparative literature major from Kunkletown, Pa., plans to pursue an M.Sc. in social anthropology, and then an M.St. in comparative literature and critical translation. Expanding on his senior thesis at Williams, which examines how the work of Jean Genet and Roberto Bolaño use comparison to frame global political issues, he aims to research the way in which many international political discourses, like that of human rights, take shape through different kinds of implicit and explicit comparison across national contexts. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he has also written creative pieces for Adbusters as well as political articles and op-eds for Jacobin Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Williams Record.

Rinaldi, a Chinese and political science major from Cheshire, Conn., will pursue a Ph.D. in politics and international studies. Conducting research in Chinese as well as attending the Harvard Beijing Academy, he plans to write a thesis on U.S.–China relations. At Williams, he is a teaching assistant, editor of the Williams Foreign Affairs Journal, and member of the Honor and Disciplinary Committee and Phi Beta Kappa. During his junior year, he studied at Peking University through a scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education. While an undergraduate, he completed internships at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, Baker Mckenzie and Fangda Partners in Beijing, and Teneo in New York City.

Salapare, an art history major from Long Beach, Calif., plans to pursue an M.Phil in arts education and an M.Phil in the history of art and architecture, aiming to explore art’s relationships to its formal, discursive, and institutional spaces. At Williams, he has been involved with the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, and the Class of 1960s Scholars in Art. He has also completed internships at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute, and the Clark Art Institute, among others. In addition, he was a guest curator at the Museum of Latin American Art and at WCMA, where he organized an exhibition using the 125 artworks loaned to students every semester as part of the museum's WALLS program.

Tang, an American studies and comparative literature major from Millbrae, Calif., will pursue an M.Phil. in gender studies and an M.Phil English criticism and culture. With an interest in critical race theory and posthumanism, she intends to conduct extensive research on the figure of the yellow woman within contemporary Southeast Asian and British speculative literature. A published author whose essays and cultural criticisms have appeared in The Offing and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among others, her first book, an experimental novel titled American Symphony: Other White Lies, was published in 2019. At Williams, she was a teaching assistant in the American studies department, a Public Humanities Fellow, a co-chair of the Minority Coalition, and a member of the movement for Asian American studies.

Tesfaye, an anthropology major from Jacksonville, Fla., will pursue an M.Phil. in health, medicine, and society and an M.Phil. in African studies. With an interest in migrant health studies, she will explore how emigration and internal displacement act as social determinants of health among displaced East African populations. In addition, she will examine the structural, cultural, and geopolitical aspects of this issue. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and an anthropology senior honors thesis candidate, she has been conducting ethnographic research on the chronic illness experiences of Ethiopian immigrant women. She has worked with immigrant community-based organizations such as the Ethiopian Community Development Council and Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, D.C.

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