The Pensby Center grants up to three summer funded fellowships for eligible undergraduates. Begun as internships in 2013, these annual fellowships support projects that contribute to our histories and to the College's goal of building equity and inclusion in our community.
Over the summer students could, for example, collect, organize and annotate oral histories, letters, photographs and other historical materials. Fellows could also contribute to existing programs and projects. Research could culminate in permanent additions to the College's archives, the basis of an exhibition on campus, or other significant contribution.
Each fellowship will provide a $4,500 stipend for an 8-10 week research or project period.
Deadline to apply: March 18, 2019
2019-2020 Pensby Fellows
Alexis Giron is a senior Psychology major, Neuroscience minor on the Premedicine track from Houston, TX. She is a member of the Houston POSSE 4 and has taken up leadership roles in Dorm Leadership Team, THRIVE, Mujeres*, The Night Owls, Bryn Mawr College Dining Services, and Admissions. As a student of color with various intersectional identities, Alexis took interest in the mental health needs of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) at Bryn Mawr College. In her research, Alexis hopes to survey and interview students with double-minority identities about their experiences with mental health supports, including those at BMC. Her experience navigating the process of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) highlighted its inaccessibility for those who do not normally enter into the process and for topics like hers. While spending months revising the application for approval to continue to conduct the desired research (and now adding to her project the goal of creating a template to help others navigate the IRB process), Alexis has been researching resources for QTPOC and creating a website, using it to share those resources and to educate allies. She hopes that her project will ultimately help BMC Counseling Services to create more inclusive spaces for all students, with the ability to maintain a proactive space for QTPOC, as well as give them easy access to essential mental health resources.Alexis can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caitlin Haskett is a psychology major who has been a member of the Bryn Mawr College Hillel Executive Board for the last two years. In the spring of 2019, Caitlin organized an event with Hillel and the College Archive where students explored the college's archive materials that detail the experiences of Jewish Bryn Mawr students. This event made evident how little institutional knowledge Bryn Mawr has about its Jewish students. As a Jewish student attending Bryn Mawr during this time when we are grappling with our history, Caitlin felt it was important to work to fill this gap in our institutional knowledge. With her Pensby fellowship this summer, Caitlin has recorded oral histories of 8 Alumnae who were on campus from 1938 to 1958. These histories shed new light on the experiences of Jewish Marwtyrs in the period during and after WWII. They expose Bryn Mawr’s subtle antisemitism and rampant classism with details that have not been previously fully documented and understood. However, they also reveal the positive impact Bryn Mawr has had on some of the alumnae affected by these very same issues. These oral histories show the complexity of Bryn Mawr. They show how far we have come and also how little things have changed. Bryn Mawr continues to become more diverse and inclusive; however, many of the stories of discrimination Caitlin has recorded still ring true for students today. Caitlin can be contacted at email@example.com.
Sam Taveras is an English and Religion major from Rocky Point, New York. After dropping out of the College, he returned largely because of the community he had found. Through conversation with peers he became interested in identity and what could be done at Bryn Mawr and beyond for the communities that allowed him to exist. For his project he will be interviewing Bryn Mawr students both past and present who identify as first- and
second-generation Americans as well as LGBTQ. He hopes that this will bring this community closer together at the College and alleviate the alienation often felt by these groups, as well as provide an archive of these students’ times at the College. Sam can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.