Three University of Rochester undergraduates have received Barth-Crapsey research fellowships.
The purpose of the award is to stimulate high-quality, primary research by undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences -- particularly government, politics and political history, social and religious history, and literature -- and in the historical and cultural heritage of the Rochester-Monroe County area.
The award allocates up to $600 per winner for the acquisition of books and documents, research-related travel and other research expenses.
Teresa M. Lozeau, a Take Five political science major, will research U.S. foreign aid policies in Latin America and their effects on democratic initiatives and human rights. She will use research she conducted last year in Bolivia and Chile. Lozeau's adviser is Professor John Carey of the political science department.
Gabriel Coleman, a senior majoring in Russian studies, will examine "Gulag" songs and their dissemination in Russia. This includes making the first English translations of these "underground" poems and lyrics. History professor Jeffrey Burds serves as Coleman's adviser.
Rachel Blumstein, a senior religion and classical studies major, will explore "Body and Purity in Early Christianity: An Examination of Continuity and Change from Ancient Judaism to the World of Paul." Blumstein is advised by Professor Anne Merideth of the religion and classics department.
"Due to last spring's cancellation of the Younger Scholars program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Barth-Crapsey awards have become all the more valuable to undergraduate research," said Jarold Ramsey, College director of undergraduate research.
The Barth-Crapsey awards are funded through a gift to the University from Rochester residents Arthur Crapsey and alumna Jean Barth-Crapsey, Class of 1940. Recipients will present the results of their work upon completion.