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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Three Doctoral Candidates in the English Department Awarded Bilinski Fellowships!

The fellowship supports research for these students during the 2015-2016 academic year as they complete their dissertations.

The Bilinski Fellowship, a highly competitive research grant provided annually by the Bilinski Education Foundation through the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded to three doctoral candidates in the Department of English Language and Literature:  Stephanie Boone Mosher, Adam Griffey, and Sueanna Smith.

The fellowship supports research for these students during the 2015-2016 academic year as they complete their dissertations.

For Adam Griffey, whose dissertation is titled Education and the Efficacy of Violence in American Literature, the Bilinski Fellowship allows him the chance to focus on research and writing for his dissertation project: "Without the Bilinski funding, it would have taken me twice as long to finish my research." Adam continued by expressing his gratitude to the Fellowship Program for its support of his scholarship by providing him with this opportunity.

Stephanie Boone Mosher, a Ph.D. candidate in English, Composition and Rhetoric, studies how language ideologies influence the instructional and assessment practices of writing teachers, especially when those teachers work with linguistically diverse students. The Bilinski Fellowship, Stephanie stated, provides her with the time both to collect the data necessary for the completion of her dissertation and to write and revise the dissertation document itself. She added that the Fellowship's support inspires her during a daunting process.

Sueanna Smith articulated her appreciation of the Fellowship's support, which has allowed her a more flexible writing schedule. She explained: "I work within the bounds of my daughter's school hours; being able to focus exclusively on my dissertation work all day, until my daughter comes home from school," which she noted would have been impossible to accomplish without the Fellowship. Sueanna is currently writing her dissertation, titled African-Americans and the Cultural Work of Freemasonry from Revolution through Reconstruction.

The Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships are awarded annually to doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences that have been admitted to candidacy in their degree program. These Fellowships support students as they complete and defend their dissertations.