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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Dean's Master of Fine Arts Fellowship Awarded

The 2014-2015 Dean’s Master of Fine Arts Fellowship has been awarded to Marie-Claire Churchouse, a third-year graduate student in the MFA program.

Marie-Claire’s thesis, that won her this prestigious recognition, is a work of creative fiction that comprises several short stories set in Hong Kong, England, Japan, Russia and Cambodia, which chronologically span from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Through these stories, Marie-Claire engages with fraught themes such as immigration, global mobility, individual and national identities and explores the complex topics of madness and cruelty both in society and the domestic sphere.

Marie-Claire’s euphoric response to the news of having been granted the award was, “Thank goodness for the Dean's Fellowship! I now have the time to do some proper research for my project, which is what I desperately needed.”

The Dean’s MFA Fellowship was established in 2011 by the College of Arts and Sciences as part of its renewed efforts to strengthen outstanding graduate programs. This competitive fellowship promotes students' academic success by providing the awardees with the necessary financial support for their research during the last phases of their studies.