Two Mellon Fellows in '03

Amy Peltz '02 received one of 94 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies awarded nationwide in 2003. The Mellon Fellowship program, a competitive award to first-year doctoral students, is designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for teaching and scholarship careers in humanistic disciplines.

Peltz, who majored in philosophy and minored in history, is in a PhD program in philosophy at the University of Chicago, focusing on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the question of style in philosophy. "Wittgenstein's writing style changed dramatically in the course of his life," Peltz says. "At first he used an almost minimalist style of brief, numbered remarks, each of which further develops the idea that came before. Later in life he used a much less systematic style, circling back again and again to the same topics, seemingly in no particular order. I am interested in whether this change in style can tell us anything about changes in his philosophy and, more generally, what connection exists between philosophy and the form in which it is expressed.

"In nearly every philosophy course at I took at Bryn Mawr, Wittgenstein was mentioned, and finally, in my senior year, I took Professor Christine Koggel's course on his work and discovered what all the fuss was about! She saw me through my initial frustration with his unconventional style, and brought me to my current fascination with his work."

The Mellon Fellowship pays for full tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500. The award may be used at any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. Peltz also received a Beinecke Scholarship for Graduate Study. Beinecke Scholars apply during the junior year of college; Peltz was one of 20 winners nationwide in 2001.

Trecia Pottinger '03 also received a Mellon Fellowship.

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