The Pensby Center grants up to three summer funded fellowships for eligible undergraduates. Begun as internships in 2013, these annual fellowships support projects that relate to the Pensby Center's mission of promoting diversity, inclusion and community development.
Over the course of these fellowships, students could, for example, collect, organize and annotate oral histories, letters, photographs and other historical materials from alumnae/i and past and present College faculty and staff. Such research could culminate in permanent additions to the College's archives, the basis of an exhibition on campus, or other significant contribution.
- The fellowship supports projects that relate to the Pensby Center's mission of promoting diversity, inclusion and community development.
- Deadline: Spring
- Each fellowship will provide a $4,500 stipend for an 8-10 week research or project period
- Any currently enrolled first-year, sophomore or junior is eligible to submit a proposal and apply. Applicants must be continuing at the College in the Fall following their fellowship.
2018-2019 Pensby Fellows
Namrata Basu is a Math major, a senior from Mumbai, India. Through her time at Bryn Mawr as a student, a DLT (dorm leadership team) member, and in other spheres, she interacted with students from different backgrounds, places, and cultures. That got her interested in the support the college provides for different groups of people. Being an international student, she was interested in doing research about the experience of international students and alumnae, especially with career and professional development. She will be surveying the international community on campus and the alumnae community across the globe. She hopes this research will help the college to continue their work in supporting international students as well as to improve their efforts. She can be reached at email@example.com
Jada Ceasar is a Psychology major and Biology minor from Houston, Texas. Jada is currently involved with the Enid Cook’31 Center, History Working Group, Oral History Project, POSSE, and is the Co-President for the Class of 2020. As a first year, Jada became very interested in the Black at Bryn Mawr Project and the experiences of Black people at Bryn Mawr. As a Black woman, Jada saw the importance of not only knowing the history of Black women* in higher education but their experiences. This summer she will be researching the ways that peer institutions have sustained projects similar to Black at Bryn Mawr. As part of this research, Jada will also interview individuals who were influential in starting and sustaining projects similar to Black at Bryn Mawr. She will use her research to propose ways that Bryn Mawr College could support and institutionalize the Black at Bryn Mawr Project. She hopes that her work will complement the development of Black at Bryn Mawr and shine a light on how institutions can bring magnification to the Black presence as opposed to its erasure. Jada can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-2018 Pensby Fellows
Yeidaly Mejia is a Sociology major and an Education minor in the Class of 2019. Throughout her first two years, Yeidaly was intrigued by higher education, the college application process, and the ingrained inequalities in these processes and systems. As a first generation college student herself, she wanted to research what support systems, if any, private, small liberal arts colleges were offering their first generation students. Yeidaly will be diving into this question in a multitude of ways. She will be conducting interviews with first generation alumni of Bryn Mawr College and the Haverford Horizons program. She will also interview representatives of first generation programs at small liberal arts colleges similar to Bryn Mawr along with current undergraduates at similar institutions. Yeidaly hopes that this research will complement the development of a first generation institutionalized program at Bryn Mawr College, called “Breaking Barriers.” Breaking Barriers will potentially consist of weekly meetings with first generation students from the Class of 2021, monthly workshops on topics relevant to first generation students, and will provide a mentor for each first generation student enrolled in Breaking Barriers. Yeidaly can be contacted at email@example.com.
Jwahir Sundai ‘19 is a junior at Bryn Mawr College from Cambridge, MA. She is currently the National Director/Founder of the mentoring program E^3: Empowering, Encouraging, and Eliminating Barriers which is entering its sixth year as an organization. She is also apart of Boston Posse STEM 3 and Minorities in STEM. This summer, she will be conducting an oral history project involving STEM alumni of color. While closely collaborating with Special Collections, she plans to curate an exhibit centered on opening up a platform for discussing the lived experiences of Bryn Mawr students. This will be executed by highlighting underrepresented narratives while taking into account the multiple marginalized intersecting identities of alumni. Overall, the entirety of this project is focused on promoting diversity particularly in the high-need area of STEM fields, ensuring retention and inclusion, and developing Bryn Mawr as a space for empowerment for underrepresented students. Jwahir can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.